Ice Blue LEDs to Create Ford's Interior Image
Source/Type: Compound Semiconductors Online - Press Releases - As issued by company

January 19, 2007... Ford Motor Company has chosen Osram Opto Semiconductors to provide the LED lighting solution for its newly upgraded interiors using a Ford specified, ice blue backlighting colour theme.

Ford Motor Company has chosen Osram Opto Semiconductors to provide the LED lighting solution for its newly upgraded interiors using a Ford specified, ice blue backlighting colour theme. Osram Opto Semiconductors will provide light emitting diode (LED) technology that will give a number of future Ford products the same harmonious, ice blue interior lighting in instrumentation, radios, climate control and switches. Ice blue is Ford's newest interior brand colour - a blue hue that will be incorporated into many new vehicles including the 2008 Ford Focus and the 2008 Ford Escape.

In the past decade, Osram Opto Semiconductors has collaborated with Ford to bring distinctive interior lighting into many products.

Past programmes have included Ford's corporate green LED lighting in the late 1990s and a more sophisticated white interior with satin nickel accents for the Lincoln Navigator, winning Osram Opto a 2002 Pace finalist award.

In the past five years, LED technology has become a popular light source among automakers because of its styling flexibility, energy efficiency, unlimited colour options and high reliability.

'We are excited to be involved in Ford's efforts to further harmonise the interiors of their vehicles with the latest LED technology', said Tom Shottes, President and CEO, Osram Opto Semiconductors.

'With advancements in LED lighting, we are confident that this lighting will make positive styling and functionality statements for the brand and its customers'.

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