Ambient lighting: Improving cabin comfort

Ambient lighting: Improving cabin comfort

Publication Date: 18-Oct-2022

In 2009, a combined study by BMW engineers and the Lighting Engineering Group at Germany’s Ilmenau University of Technology revealed that ambient lighting enhances a driver’s perception of a vehicle’s interior. Such lights, offered in a variety of colors and color combinations, intensify space perception enhance perceived quality of materials and design, and contributes to safer driving. Ambient lights also help drivers see various control functions in the cabin better.   

The researchers concluded that blue light appears brighter to drivers than orange light but was considered more uncomfortable. Orange lights gave the perception of luxury and better quality. The brighter the light, the more distracting it becomes.

Automakers started offering ambient lighting in their select model vehicles in the early 2000s. However, BMW’s research study pushed its rapid adoption. Although ambient lights were first debuted in premium vehicles, today this innovative lighting is becoming available in inexpensive hatchbacks, sedans, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). 

IHS Markit tracks demand for ambient lighting for areas, such as instrument panel, door handle and door trim, footwell, floor console, card box, cup holder, and roof surface. This report offers an in-depth analysis of the scope of ambient lighting in these key areas of the vehicle interior. The report also explains how more advanced dynamic and functional ambient lighting are increasingly being used in these areas.

1. Overview
a) Report summary
b) Key takeaways
2. Technology analysis
a) Ambient lighting positioning
b) Optical technologies
c) Light source types
d) Dynamic ambient lighting
e) Ambient lighting with smart functions
3. Market analysis
a) Global demand
b) Regional demand
c) Key growth drivers
d) Key challenges
4. Supplier analysis
a) Major suppliers
b) Grupo Antolin
c) Dräxlmaier
d) Forvia
e) Toyoda Gosei
f) Plastic Omnium
g) Flex
i) ISELED Alliance
5. OEM analysis
a) OEMs ambient lighting fitment
b) VolkswagenGroup
c) BMW Group
d) Mercedes-Benz
e) Toyota
f) Ford
g) General Motors
h) Hyundai Motor Group
i) GeelyGroup
6. Conclusion

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