Overhead Light Console

Customizing the entire front section of the passenger cell

Together with the thin-film technology company KURZ and plastics manufacturer Syntech Plastics, Plastic Omnium Lighting developed an overhead light console that combines advanced interior lighting functions with an elegant design. The solution is based on the combined expertise of the project partners in smart lighting, plastic processing and injection molding.

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Adaptable reading light

The overhead light console has matrix LED spots for a pleasant reading light which can be adjusted in terms of  intensity and white tone. 

Welcome and entertainment scenarios

The static or semi-dynamic projector in the module can project individual motifs on various surfaces to convey information or produce patterns or animations. Animations integrated in the module are matched to the design of the decorative surface and can be adapted to different driving situations or vehicle interactions. The light structures in the decor are invisible and only light up when, for example, an incoming call is received – always in keeping with the ambient lighting. 

Seamless user interface

The console has a fully integrated, capacitive touch sensor system that replaces conventional buttons. The high transparency of the touch sensor system, which lies directly above the matrix luminaire so its light shines through it, enables the intuitive activation. Thanks to its ease of integration, the overhead light console can be easily extended with additional functions such as haptic feedback via a piezo actuator, proof control and a handsfree function for more complex applications.  

Sustainability follows cost-effectiveness

The entire decor unit is produced using an in-mold decoration process, which is not only more economical but also more sustainable than conventional production methods. This is achieved by combining various steps into a one-shot process, leading to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. Neither the ultra-thin touch sensors, which replace the switches and buttons, nor the decorative layers have any negative influence on the recyclability of the unit.