With its launch the BMW i8 become the first car to be fitted with the Advanced Laser Lighting Technology . BMW claims that this Laser beam technology is much advanced than the existing LED’s providing much more light intensity , control and efficiency . Apart from the BMW i8 the Audi R8 LMX limited edition is also expected to get a piece of this modern Technology . This laser headlamp technology for i8 has been developed by BMW jointly with a German Lighting specialists OSRAM
The Laser headlamps works due to the presence of t Laser Diodes and a new Fluorescent phosphorous material . In combination they produce a highly intensive beam of light , which provides visibility up to 600 meters in High beam (wow!) . Traditional LED headlamps can only illuminate 300m . The laser beam Intensity of the new Head lamps can be maxed out to 400 lux , however inorder to prevent glare from reflective surfaces , BMW has slightly reduced the lux level to 344 . If this is placed in comparison, the LED headlamps can only produce 180 lux while the traditional Halogen headlamaps could only max out at 100 lux . Other advantages of these lights include , better adaptability by allowing both vertical and horizontal movement , better anti- glare capabilities , Monochromatic beam etc
The new Laser headlamps not only provide much better light Intensity , It is also much more Efficient( infact 30% more efficeint )than the LED’s . BMW plans to bring the new technology to a host of other cars starting from the 6th Gen BMW 7 series , which will be launched soon . Apart from BMW , Audi also plans to go ahead with the Laser technology starting with their R8 LMX super car.