An LED Way to Cut Weight and Energy

Article From: 9/1/2009 Automotive Design & Production


Grote says it is ramping up production of the LightForm material, first unveiled in March, and is working with some Tier Ones and OEMs to integrate them.

Grote Industries (Madison, Indiana; has begun production of its 12-volt LightForm thin LED film, a peel and stick way to achieve more energy efficiency.

The thin film substrate is less than 1 mm thick and contains an even smaller light emitting diode (LED) inside that can be custom designed in clusters. The substrate also may be cut, peeled and stuck either inside or outside of the car for applications ranging from tail lighting to styling.

The application won’t slash exterior energy budgets, a spokesman notes, but it could a have an impact at lowering weight. A marker lamp made with the material is 98% lighter than a conventional unit, the company notes.