The LECIP has succeeded in its development of a new product, a flat panel lamp, that generates light from a low-profile source that illuminates over its full surface.
The flat panel discharge element is a thin planar light source an eighth of an inch/3mm in thickness, consisting of two panes of gas filled and sealed with an inert gas; when electrical voltage is applied, its whole exposed surface illuminates. Compared to conventional fluorescent lighting, the flat panel unit has a greater lifespan of on/off cycles, is made with mercury-free and lead-free glass, and lower in environmental impact in its makeup and manufacture.
So far the first stage of the program has been the development a low-profile light unit for automotive use that employs the flat discharge light source, which occupies a thickness of 17 mm once the inverter and housing are included. On the 9th of this month Daihatsu motor co., ltd. contracted with LECIP for the use of the unit as original equipment in its new mini-van model, the high-grade Atre line, as part of the Custom Turbo RS Limited Pack option package.
In creating this new type of low-profile lighting unit LECIP seeks to optimize the limited space in automobile interiors while at the same time reducing the burden on the environment connected with part production, and seeks to cultivate this unit and tailor it to original applications for buses and rail cars as well.