2015 Ford Mustang Glows in Automaker's Lighting Lab
- The 2015 Ford Mustang underwent testing at the Ford Lighting Lab to evaluate the car's interior under a variety of light conditions.
- The lab allows testers to simulate lighting conditions from any time of day and various weather conditions.
- Global products, like the 2014 Ford Fiesta, benefit from the Lighting Lab's ability to re-create lighting conditions from anywhere in the world.
DEARBORN, Michigan — During its design phase, the all-new 2015 Mustang underwent testing at the Ford Visual Performance Evaluation Lab, known internally as the Lighting Lab, to evaluate the car's interior under a variety of light conditions.
Since 2006, the Lighting Lab has helped designers and engineers reduce glare on vehicle controls and instrument panels.
While working on the 2015 Mustang, technicians paid special attention to the available aluminum dash panel, making sure it didn't cause glare under a variety of lighting conditions. They also used the Lighting Lab to ensure that the instruments in the Mustang's optional gauge pack are always legible, day and night, winter and summer.
The lab consists of a domed room with an array of floodlights in the ceiling and four movable 1,500-watt spotlights mounted on a metal arm that pivots from the center of the dome. By adjusting the lights, technicians can evaluate the interior surfaces at different times of day and with various amounts of cloud cover.
Altogether, the Lighting Lab's 270 lights total 6,000 watts.
Ford notes that short days and unreliable weather conditions restrict the amount of time it can test outdoors during the Midwest winters. The Lighting Lab overcomes climate limitations and allows technicians better control over experiments to "ensure a good ownership experience."
According to Ford, the lab is also able to re-create lighting conditions from anywhere in the world, critical in the development of global products like the 2014 Fiesta.
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