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BMW i8 Is the World's First Car to Have Laser Headlights

It's actually crazy how far technology is reaching these days. A few years ago LED headlights were introduced and everyone wanted them Audi even pushing a strong marketing campaign for the new, economical lighting devices.
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Today, BMW launched its new sports car, the i8 and along with it, a plethora of new, innovative technologies, one of them being the optional Laser Headlights, a world premiere.

According to the German company, the optional headlights have a pure-white, extremely bright light that is pleasant to the eye. The light is created through the conversion of the beams emitted by tiny laser diodes by means of a fluorescent phosphor material inside the lamps.

Compared to other lighting devices, laser lighting is monochromatic and that means that the light waves have the same length and a constant phase difference. As a result, laser lamps can produce near-parallel beams with impressive luminance, with an intensity nearly a thousand times greater than conventional LEDs.

The cherry on top is that laser consumes more than 50% less than LEDs, whilst also generating more light per watt (170 lumen vs. 100 lumen). At the moment, laser headlights are do not comply with US regulations but in the future we might see them making it on the Western side of the Atlantic too.
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