Lighting and electronics solutions that contribute towards safe and reliable travel are becoming increasingly important for all road users, but are absolutely critical when it comes to public service vehicles. Manufacturers of buses and coaches naturally strive to produce vehicles that transport passengers comfortably and efficiently, but also provide their customers – be they local authority or private fleet – with the safest environment to convey the public from A to B and effective lighting, whether for the driver or for motorists in the vicinity, has a fundamental impact.
With these requirements in mind, respected original equipment (OE) and systems supplier Hella, is at the forefront. Hella’s lighting solutions cater for every area of the vehicle and therefore provide bus and coach manufacturers with the answer for everything from the best possible illumination of the road ahead, to interior comfort/passenger information and even the vehicle’s external lighting design signature.
The joint benefits of greater illumination and increased safety, which can be gained by the conversion from halogen to LED lighting is made easy by Hella through its diverse range of innovative 90mm lights. Their versatile design allows them to combine improved visibility with multiple functionality, so as well as low or high beam main lights, they are also available as low/high, high/DRL (daytime running light) and high/indicator mixed units. Alongside these main lights, Hella also has a range of auxiliary lights and auxiliary light combinations including fog light, DRL, fog/cornering light and fog light/DRL.
Available in five models, these LED lights are very compact and allow the chosen combination to be fitted without difficulty. Other features include a polycarbonate lens, which makes them lighter and offers a greater resistance to stone chips and a sturdy, die-cast aluminium housing with integrated electronics, further emphasising their quality and practicality.
In addition, the longer life of these lights means they can be driven the equivalent of 20 times around the world, without the need to replace the bulb, which makes them more cost-effective and energy efficient than halogen or xenon.
The company’s considerable expertise is also brought to bear for the benefit of passengers in other ways. A prime example could be seen recently at Busworld 2017, the largest trade exhibition for the bus and coach sector, where the lighting and electronics expert was presenting its latest innovations, which included the Visiotech projection concept and the modular Shapeline light series.
Installed directly in the entrance and exit areas, the Visiotech module ensures bus and coach users benefit from enhanced traveller safety and comfort with wheelchair symbols, arrows, logos or warning messages projected directly onto the path in front of vehicle’s entrance and exit, thereby drawing the possible dangers to the attention of passengers.
Design is also an extremely important element within the bus and coach fraternity, with the individual company paintwork and graphics evident on most of these vehicles, an obvious example. From a manufacturer’s side, Hella makes it possible for bus and coach makers and large vehicle operators, to express their company brand signature through the design of the lighting, due to its modular approach.
The Shapeline light series provides this formula for front, side and the rear lights and is available in two designs: classically straight or dynamically curved. This allows for virtually endless combination options and, via an online platform, the company provides the tools for designers to create an individual lighting style by using the Shapeline configurator, which can be viewed on an integrated vehicle outline, to give an extremely realistic depiction of the concept.