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Soft lighting creates an inviting atmosphere
Johnson Controls and Philips present new lighting solution for automotive interiors

    Burscheid, Germany (ots) - At the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Johnson Controls and Philips will present for the first time an innovative lighting solution for the rear overhead area. What's special about this new lighting system is that it is seamlessly integrated beneath the textile surface of the headliner, making it invisible until switched on. When switched on, it generates soft, diffused lighting, creating a cozy atmosphere that makes the driving experience more pleasurable for both driver and passengers.          With this new concept, Johnson Controls demonstrates how broad-surface flat light sources can be integrated into the overhead system without limiting the headroom of those seated in the rear of the vehicle. The seamlessly integrated plastic plate is covered with the same material as the rest of the headliner, making it invisible until switched on and giving the overhead area an appealing, homogeneous look. Light intensity can be regulated from ambient to entry light. This is made possible by the new HiPerReflex lamp from Philips. Measuring only 16 mm x 35 mm, the lamp is designed to optimally incouple light via optical fibers, yielding a high luminous efficiency.

    An added benefit is the lamp's long life and the fact that it functions without a control device - and less complexity means more space in the vehicle. The new lighting system offers excellent color rendering; even when vehicle lighting is dimmed, colors are seen as if by daylight and the light spectrum generated is warm and inviting.               New lighting concept based on Johnson Controls' integration expertise

    With this new lighting concept, automakers can now lay out a vehicle's interior space without having to leave room for complex, cost-intensive light integration solutions - since these are now a thing of the past. Johnson Controls will be showing this new lighting solution integrated into the headliner of Executive segment vehicles, in order to demonstrate how little effort is required to realize innovative lighting concepts.

    The system is not only well-suited for Luxury segment vehicles, but can also be employed in the Upper Medium segment.     The new lighting concept will be available starting in model year 2006.          Johnson Controls, Inc., is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a leading supplier of seating and interior systems and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control components and systems and facility management services.

    Johnson Controls (New York Stock Exchange: JCI), founded in 1885, has its headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The European headquarters is in Burscheid, Germany. Its sales for 2002 totaled 20.1 billion US-Dollars, the Automotive Group alone accounting for

    15 billion US-Dollars of this figure. In the current "Industry Week" business magazine rankings, Johnson Controls has been listed as one of the top 100 best run companies in the world for the fifth time in succession.               The Dutch company Royal Philips Electronics is one of the world's largest electronics multinationals and Europe's largest, with sales of 31.8 billion euros in 2002. The company is the global market leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, diagnostic imaging systems and patient monitoring devices, as well as in one-chip TV products. 166,000 employees in over 60 countries work for the Philips group in the fields of lighting, entertainment electronics, electrical household appliances, semiconductors and medical systems. Philips stock is traded on exchanges including New York (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. The German companies in the Philips group employ some 11,000 people and achieved revenues of almost 4.1 billion euros in 2002. Philips GmbH, Hamburg, with its subsidiaries, acts as the umbrella organization in Germany. For more information on Philips, see:                ots Original Text Service: Johnson Controls GmbH Internet:           Further information is available from:      Johnson Controls GmbH Automotive Group Astrid Schafmeister Industriestrasse 20-30 51399 Burscheid Germany Tel.: +49 2174 65-3189 Fax: +49 2174 65-3219 E-mail:      Philips Automotive Lighting Alexandra Günnewig Philipsstrasse 8 52068 Aachen Germany Tel.: +49 241 539-2283 Fax: +49 241 539-2990 E-mail:

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