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Together with uvex, Osram has brought its first products for textile illumination to series production. At the international trade fair for safety, security and health at work held in Dusseldorf during October, uvex presented 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, for example, on construction sites or in road traffic.

Cool new technologyThe light modules are LED-based and an integrated part of the clothing. They are battery-powered via a USB port. The key advantage of the new technology is that 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. The light modules were tested last year under extreme conditions at an altitude of just under 3000 m in an ice hockey game played on the Zugspitze.

As the next step, Osram plans to combine light modules with sensor technology.

This will 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.

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