The BMW i8 is the first production car in the world which can be equipped with laser lights. However, the new lighting technology comes at a price and today, we can announce exclusively that in Germany, the BMW i8 Laser Lights will cost 9,500 euros.
Earlier this year, BMW said the laser lights could be retrofitted after delivery if need be.
Compared to the standard LED lights, the optional laser lights ensures a high beam range of up to 600 meters. This means that the already high illumination range of the modern LED high beam is doubled. Thanks to the new laser technology, it is possible to increase energy efficiency by a further 30 percent compared to already highly power-saving LED light.
BMW Laser Light illuminates the road ahead with a significantly higher light intensity without heating up the surrounding area. Laser diodes are ten times smaller than conventional light diodes. They help to save not only available installation space inside the headlamp, but also weight. The size of the reflector surface can be reduced by a factor of up to ten vs. LED light.
The height of the reflector has now been reduced from the previous 9 cm to less than 3 cm.[Source: Bimmertoday]