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Osram, Uvex Collaborate on Textile Illumination

Photonics.com
Nov 2017
MUNICH, Nov. 3, 2017 — Together with safety eyewear developer Uvex, light manufacturer Osram Licht AG has brought its first textile illumination products to series production.

Clothing with active lighting makes people far easier to see in poor visibility conditions.
Clothing with active lighting makes people far easier to see in poor visibility conditions. Courtesy of Osram.

The companies will be presenting safety vests and a softshell jacket equipped with active LED lighting from Osram. The textile illumination is incorporated into the safety clothing and ensures greater visibility and hence safety in day-to-day work at, for example, construction sites or in road traffic.

The light modules are LED-based and an integrated part of the clothing. They are battery powered through a USB port. Reflector strips on conventional work clothing only reflect incident light, while the light modules ensure active illumination at all times, thus improving safety when working in the dark or in poor visibility conditions. The clothing can be washed in the washing machine along with the integrated light guides.

Osram plans to combine the light modules with sensor technology to allow various applications to be controlled using an app. Possible examples include sports clothing that warns the wearer about a high pulse rate via the light guides or a cycling jacket with an integrated brake light.

Osram is a provider of lighting solutions such as modules, lamps and luminaires. Uvex is a manufacturer of protective eyewear.


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