OSRAM SYLVANIA Delivers LED Headlight Equipped Ford Trucks to Hillsboro Fire Department

The Hillsboro Fire Department is answering calls in the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, thanks to local community supporter OSRAM SYLVANIA. The company recently delivered the truck to the Hillsboro Fire Department which provides Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services to a community that covers approximately 42 square miles and has an estimated population of 6,000 residents. During calendar year 2013, the department responded to approximately 1,000 calls. The fire department is made up of full-time staff and resident volunteers, many of whom are employees at the OSRAM SYLVANIA Hillsboro plant.

Important for emergency responders driving late at night or early in the morning, the 2015 Ford F-150 is the first truck of its kind to feature an available full LED forward lighting system, a technology made possible by OSRAM, Tier 1 supplier Flex-N-Gate and DBM Reflex. A key performance and styling differentiator, the innovative LED lighting system is comprised of a low beam, high beam, light driver module, turn module and park module, and features components from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. The headlamps deliver a unique, strong and powerful look that compliments the commanding design of the entire vehicle. LED lamps use 63% less energy than the halogen bulbs seen in competitor trucks, and the light quality and aesthetics of the technology are superior.

The Hillsboro Fire Department new Ford F-150 trucks are equipped with LED headlights. (Osram Sylvania/LEDinside)

“We hope Hillsboro residents will be proud to see their local heroes driving around town in the all-new F-150 with the beautiful LED headlight system designed and assembled right here in Hillsboro,” said Cheryl Blackwood, Hillsboro plant manager, OSRAM SYLVANIA.  “Bringing cutting-edge lighting innovation to one of the most iconic vehicles on the road today generates a lot of pride and excitement throughout our facility and the community.”

“We are one of the few automotive light source manufacturers left in the United States and our team is very proud of that,” said Blackwood. “Our partnership with Ford enabled us to hire and train new people, to invest money in the facility, and to develop new product and new processes.” 

“Hillsboro counts on the dedicated men and women of our fire department to protect us from harm’s way,” continued Blackwood, “and now they can count on our innovative lighting system to help keep them safe on the roads. Our industry first headlamp system is extremely durable, essentially ‘Built Ford Tough,’ and is expected to last the life of the vehicle.”  

Left of the truck: Firefighter Matt Grimes, Firefighter Jared Beard, Captain Brett Murdough and OSRAM SYLVANIA Hillsboro Plant Manager Cheryl Blackwood. Right group: (front row) Assistant Chief Mitchel Wilkens and Chief Kenny Stafford; (back row) Deputy Chief Scott Murdough and Firefighter Greg Gillett. (Osram Sylvania/LEDinside)

Higher performance is another benefit as LEDs deliver performance unmatched by traditional halogen technologies. New LED products and technologies from OSRAM insure the lights are robust, long lasting and have high light output. The LED headlamp system is engineered to be highly resistant to shock and vibration. Due to their unique light emitting characteristics, their use improves optical efficiency and the overall performance of the headlight system.

“Danger doesn’t stop when the sun is down, and sometimes the call comes in when it is dark early in the morning or late at night,” said Kenneth Stafford, chief, Hillsboro Fire Department. “Having clear visibility on the road is crucial for us, which is why this LED lighting technology is so important. We are greatly appreciative of this donation and for OSRAM SYLVANIA being such a great supporter of Hillsboro.”

To see more about how proud the Hillsboro factory is to be a part of the 2015 Ford F-150, watch a video here.

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