Lennart Dellby will retire next week after a long and fruitful career in lighting. He started at Volvo Cars in 1984, recruited by Jan Vulcan—a friend of DVN President Hector Fratty. Dellby held the position of Technical Specialist–Expert in exterior lighting, responsible for developing lighting performance of Volvo models from 1987 onwards. He has been the expert in applying, understanding, and interpreting vehicle lighting regulations and related certification issues in Volvo’s Research and Development department.
He became a member of the Swedish
GTB delegation in 1985, serving as head delegate from 2003 until 2016,
representing Volvo in the Eureka Project “Advanced Frontlighting Systems”
from 1995 until the end of that project.
Geoff Draper recalls that when he joined GTB for the first time, May 1986 in Eastbourne UK, Lennart was already well established and that, unbelievably, was 33 years ago! One of Geoff’s longstanding memories is of the GTB social event in the restaurant of an English vineyard. A number of the GTB characters, including Lennart, were dressed as farmers to perform the English children’s song “Old McDonald had a farm”. Lennart’s performance was truly memorable and perfectly underlined his character that GTB has appreciated over the many years”.
DVN: What is your feedback after several decades in lighting?
Lennart Dellby: It has been a wonderful experience to have had the privilege to work in this field. Specially to work in a field with human connection, after all the purpose of vehicle is to reduce risks of human suffering and human life in traffic environment. Also, at the same time, having worked in a technical area with such rapid development pace has been really rewarding. Back in 1984, halogen light sources combined with parabolic reflectors were still the benchmark. Then came Xenon bulbs followed by LED light sources, optical systems development including ellipsoidal systems, and complex-surface reflector shapes. Lately we have witnessed the revolution in the rapid advance of adaptive systems.
DVN: What is the message you wish to leave to the lighting community?
Lennart Dellby: I have several messages to the lighting community:
First, regarding my family I am happily married to Eivor, we have been together for 43 years, we have a son, Fredrik. My interests will be divided into travel, maintaining our summer/winter retreat in the middle of Sweden, reading and much more. Two very important messages:
1) Never ever forget that you are primarily working with SAFETY, this is our raison d’être.
2) There has never been a time with more possibilities and challenges as now thanks to development in lighting and vehicle technology such as HD systems AD vehicles to name but a few. Your best days are still ahead of you!!
On a personal level it has been a great pleasure to work with you Hector, first in Valeo and lately together with you, Salomon Berner and the other colleagues in DVN. Again, thanks for everything and please continue with the great work you are doing with DVN. I still remember very well when we met in your Bobigny office in October 1986 and you offered me a copy of your written document “Notions d’eclairage automobile”. I still have it!!
Hector Fratty and many of his colleagues have in mind a very competent and effectively working guy, who never tried to play a dominant role in the Lighting community. He always was an expert in lighting and a team player searching to help. Hector met him already around 40 years ago, just when he started in Volvo, making several night drives with the Volvo 740 with big headlamps equiped with twin H1 then H4, seeking excellent performing headlamps with the largest size using the well known parabolic technology. Later, he worked with a great success in the GTB front Lighting group discussing innovative technologies.
The lighting community does wish Lennart all the best in his retirement phase and most of all good health for a long life.