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BMW’s Futuristic Laser Headlights

by Kenny Hoeschen

As many car manufacturers are shifting to all LED lighting for their top-end vehicles, BMW is taking the next step and offering laser lighting as an option in the BMW i8 for its high-beam lighting.

The optional high-beam headlights with laser light technology includes a typical BMW i U-shaped frame, from which the running lights and the built-in indicators are operated. BMW is utilizing a collimated UV/blue laser that passes through a yellow phosphorous substrate in order to create white light. The result is a light spot with twice the visibility range of a conventional light and with brightness five times higher than its predecessor. It’ll be interesting to see how drivers respond when these lights begin showing up on the road, especially if a driver fails to switch to low-beams when passing oncoming traffic.

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