The 2008 Ford Taurus X (previously the Freestyle) and 2008 Mercury Sable (nee Montego) will feature Osram‘s Joule System LED technology in their rear lamp assemblies.

According to the supplier, using LED technology for the rear signal functions makes it possible to create new and innovative lighting assembly designs and provides customers with ‘life of the vehicle’ lighting performance (i.e. no blown bulbs to change).

The Joule lighting system first appeared on the 2006 Mercury Mountaineer, making standardised automotive LED technology available to consumers for the first time.

The Joule system is said to make LED technology more accessible by providing OEM designers with a reliable, industry standardised LED light source that simplifies the design process. With its integrated, standardised mounting and thermal management, Joule can be used on many vehicle platforms for rear light assemblies.

“As Ford has discovered, the Joule system provides their customers LED lighting without the complexity and cost of a custom LED assembly,” said David Hulick, global product manager for automotive auxiliary lighting.

Ford of Europe adopted LED rear lamps for its recently updated C-Max minivan line.