Homogenously-Illuminated feature logo for the BMW M5

BMW’s M-Class saloon cars are well known for their performance and technical excellence in the premium sector of the sports saloon market (I can confirm this from personal experience!) The “M” is short for BMW’s Motorsports Division and in addition to technology and performance, their sports saloons display design flair with classy interior design touches and eye-catching exterior design features.

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MENTOR Square Light Guides – Differentiate your product!

Square Light Guides / Light Pipes are an innovative product range from MENTOR.  I like them because they not only look great but allow you to visibly differentiate your product designs from the more mundane. It is worth noting that whilst the 10-column array versions have multiple tiny light elements closely spaced together, MENTOR’s clever integrated diaphragm prevents light bleed even when different colours are used adjacent.

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Multi-element arrays added to MENTOR’s rear-mounted front panel Light Guides / Light Pipes

MENTOR have added multiple array versions to their range, and all of the engineers I have shown rear-mounted samples to were very impressed.  OK, they are not going to change the world but they are a clever concept that is highly practical and do enhance optical quality.  If you need IP68-rating though, look elsewhere – by definition rear-mounted versions cannot deliver this (yet!)

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MENTOR from Multitron. Rear-mounted light guides.

Cleverly-designed range of rear-mounted front-panel light guides.

Conventional front-mounted light guides will by definition always have heads slightly larger than the enclosure’s hole, which results in not all of the head being directly illuminated by the LED. The advantage of mounting from the rear of the panel is that all of the light guide head is directly illuminated and this produces a markedly superior lighting effect.

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