Visible laser light sources developer, SLD Laser, has started the production of its LaserLight products for automotive and specialty lighting applications. The company is demonstrating today’s real-world applications for its high brightness light source technology and its vision for intelligent illumination at the CES 2019 event in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 8 – 11.
LaserLight is poised to revolutionize the automotive and lighting industry as did the arrival of LED lighting more than a decade ago. Its advantages are dramatic: delivering more than 10 times the brightness of LEDs; extended range illumination of up to 1km; minimal power consumption; long lifetime; and highly directional output not possible with LED. SLD Laser has achieved the world’s first UL Safety Certification for laser lighting, and its technology can be found in a growing range of products including portable lights such as flashlights and drone lights, entertainment and architectural lighting, and automotive headlights and interior lights.
The night-and-day difference that LaserLight brings to driving conditions was fully evident at the 2018 SCORE Baja 1000, the world’s toughest off-road race, where the first and second place finishers in the Trophy Truck category utilized Baja Designs LaserLight powered by SLD Laser components, available this year for the first time. According to SCORE Trophy Truck Winner 2018, Cameron Steele, the new SLD LaserLight technology gives more penetration and confidence when racing in the dark because it enables to see deep down the course even when going 110 or 120 mph. The Baja Designs LaserLight bar throws light to over 1km range, more than 3.5 times further than premium LED offerings.
SLD’s LaserLight will hit the streets next year for the first time with the arrival of select premium car models deploying the company’s LaserLight Fiber for high-beam boost functionality, complimented by a conventional LED unit for low-beam. This signals SLD Laser’s production launch in the automotive category, with units shipping now for cars to be delivered to customers in Europe in Q3 2019.
At CES in Las Vegas, SLD Laser is unveiling the world’s smallest LaserLight headlight concept, measuring just 1.5 centimeters high with low-beam and high-beam functionality, together with a 1.5 millimeter daytime running light. Using the same fiber-based technology, the compactness of these lighting sources inspires new ideas in headlamp designs, which in turn empowers designers to rethink the “eyes” of tomorrow’s vehicles. To illustrate this new design freedom, SLD Laser has partnered with HSL Italia.
In addition to headlamps, this same versatile light source can be used for interior or exterior fiber-based accent lighting. The sources couple efficiently into fiber optics, making the replacement of a light source as simple as connecting a headphone jack.
In the future, LaserLight technology will enable new lighting functions in next generation autonomous driving applications using a tiny 1 millimeter mirror based on MEMS technology (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) to steer the light to the road. For connected cars, LaserLight sources will enable LiFi data communications – high speed, networked, wireless communications using light – which eclipse the capabilities of conventional WiFi communications with vastly increased data transmission rates (in excess of 5GB per second) and extended range.
Beyond automotive applications, LaserLight sources deliver high luminance performance for consumer products related to portable lighting, as well as professional products in entertainment, architectural, security, search and rescue and outdoor lighting. New products being launched include handheld, battery powered flashlights that allow 1km visibility and power-efficient, light weight modules that can be drone-mounted to provide better visibility than can be achieved with alternative lighting technology. Recently, LaserLight technology has received several prestigious recognitions, including:
- UL Certification (ANSI/UL 8750) for the LaserLight SMD product line
- 2018 Gold Innovators Award from Laser Focus World
- 2018 LightFair, Product Category Award Winner, LED/OLED Chips & Modules
- 2018 Prism Award for Photonics Innovation from SPIE Photonics Media