POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. (BUSINESS WIRE) — Future Lighting Solutions, a provider of LED lighting components and solution support, announced that it has donated Luxeon Rebel LEDs from Philips Lumileds for use on a solar car being built by students at the University of Minnesota. The car will compete in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge, a 3,862 km race scheduled for July 13-22.
UM students used red, amber and white LEDs for all signal, front and forward lighting on the vehicle because of their low energy consumption, compact form factor and high light output. The energy savings is critical for a car that must run entirely on solar power for a 10-day race with no recharging permitted, and the small footprint allows the maximum surface area on the vehicle for solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity.