OSRAM has expanded its Trust Programme as counterfeit parts continue to be a problem in the aftermarket.
OSRAM has urged businesses in the automotive aftermarket to ensure they are purchasing from credible sources as the sector is being ‘flooded with unreliable counterfeit’ HID and HAL bulbs.
These spurious products reportedly imitate branded products and can appear to be genuine to the untrained eye.
OSRAM’s Trust Programme has now been extended to include Halogen upgrade bulbs packed in their DUO BOX packaging. The programme for HID (Xenon) bulbs was first introduced in October 2015 and as a result of its success, has now been extended to include Halogen upgrade DUO BOXED bulbs since December 2019.
The OSRAM Trust Programme has been designed to provide a solution to fight against counterfeit products by merging a unique bulb ID with a unique packaging ID.
The online tool is available to support customers so that they can check and identify HID and Halogen OSRAM originals from HID and Halogen counterfeits.
Customers can visit osram.com/trust and enter the 7-digit label code from the packaging and then enter the captcha code shown. After the label code has been verified, the automatically prompted bulb data will need to be checked.
It must match the data displayed on the base of the HID (Xenon) bulb/s or the data displayed on the Halogen DUO BOX.
Counterfeit and spurious products negatively impact all businesses and motorists in the supply chain, as there is said to be an evident safety risk and they often have a very reduced lifespan and insufficient photometric values.
Severe damage can also be caused to the headlight, such as fogging, and the electronic components, such as the control units, airbags and communication systems.
OSRAM HID bulbs that are part of the programme include: XENARC® ORIGINAL; XENARC® ULTRA LIFE®; XENARC® COOL BLUE® INTENSE; and XENARC® NIGHT BREAKER® LASER.
OSRAM halogen bulbs (in DUO PACK only) that are also now part of the programme include: NIGHT BREAKER® LASER; NIGHT BREAKER® SILVER; COOL BLUE® INTENSE, ULTRA LIFE® and TRUCKSTAR® PRO (24V).