Osram is continuing to urge aftermarket businesses to ensure they are purchasing from credible sources as the sector is being flooded with unreliable counterfeit HID and HAL bulbs.
Because of this, the lighting specialist has expanded its ‘Trust Programme’ to tackle counterfeit parts in the sector.
Osram’s Trust Programme includes Halogen upgrade bulbs packed in their distinct Duo Box packaging. The programme for HID (Xenon) bulbs was first introduced in October 2015 and as a result of its success, has now been extended to include Halogen upgrade Duo Boxed bulbs since last December.
The Osram Trust Programme provides a solution to fight against counterfeit products by merging a unique bulb ID with a unique packaging ID. An online tool is available to support customers so that they can check and identify HID and Halogen Osram originals from HID and Halogen counterfeits.
Customers simply go to Osram.com/trust and enter the seven digit label code from the packaging and then enter the captcha code shown. After the label code has been verified, the automatically prompted bulb data needs to be checked. It must match the data displayed on the base of the HID (Xenon) bulb/s or the data displayed on the Halogen Duo Box.
Counterfeit bulbs can cause severe damage to the headlight, such as fogging, and the electronic components, such as the control units, airbags and communication systems.