Design Con 2015

LEDs on the 2014 Corvette Stingray

-June 18, 2013

While a recent Automotive Electronics Service report, LED Headlights: Styling Drives Growth, Control and Cost Challenges Remain, predicts that only 12% of light vehicles will adopt LED headlights by 2012, the luxury and high-end sports brands are immune to that low adoption rate. Take, for instance the 2014 Corvette Stingray (I wish I could). An estimated 450 horsepower, 0-60 in less than four seconds…zoom…but I digress.


The new Stingray has a complete redesign, in and out. Lighting features include:

 

  • An exterior advanced high-intensity discharge and LED lighting.
  • A micro-LED screen for passenger climate control placed below the vent on the dash, away from the performance features on the instrument panel.
  • Three configurable displays, including a pair of eight-inch screens and color head-up display, deliver personalized information and convey the different performance parameters of each drive mode. The two eight-inch screens offer excellent visibility in direct sunlight, with 650 cd/m2 of brightness for the one integrated into the instrument cluster and 1,000 cd/m2 of brightness for the one in the center stack, making them among the brightest screens in the industry. The screen in the center stack also features touch-screen control with gesture recognition and can be lowered to reveal a hidden storage compartment that includes a USB input for device charging or uploads.

 

At the front, indirect white LED lamps give a distinctive daytime style. They are set in black-chrome lamp housings with standard HID projector headlamps. The turn signals feature edge-lit amber LED lighting.

All-new, dual-element tail lamps are among the car’s most dramatic elements. The three-dimensional, sculpted lenses house innovative indirect LED lighting. The state-of-the-art lighting uses hidden LED lamps that cast their light up from the bottom of the housing into a reverse reflector, creating an even glow. LED lamps are also used for the white backup lamps. The tail lamps integrate functional aircraft-style air outlets for the available differential and transmission coolers.

Sometimes companies offer review copies of products to editors. I’m putting it out there. I want one.

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