Coats in partnership with Osram has launched a LED light system. Called Coats Signal Active Illumination, this is washable, lightweight and customizable and is aimed at helping improve people’s safety and visibility. The system is designed for application in garments and accessories. Visibility range is approximately three times more than retro-reflective products are able to achieve. The device is made of flexible light guides which draw their energy from a USB power bank, the size of a credit card. It retains a charge for up to eight hours, which as the average length of a work shift is especially relevant to those wearing it as part of their work wear. The power bank can be easily unclipped and removed to enable the garment including the LED light system to go through machine washing and drying.
Coats is an industrial thread company, Osram is a lighting specialist. The combination of Coats’ deep expertise in textiles with Osram’s wide technical knowledge of lighting is expected to shape the next generation of high visibility work and active wear.
Homogenous illumination in garments can literally power improvements in people’s visibility and therefore also their safety. The potential to extend the range to respond to sensory safety detection like approaching vehicles, vital signs of the wearer or a sudden fall could create a life saving product.