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Forge Europa
Innovative UK manufacturer of LED lighting solutions and LED luminaires
Innovative UK manufacturer of LED lighting solutions and LED luminaires
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LED Lighting Standardisation – Hit or Miss?

David Scott-Maxwell, our Technical Director, discusses the merits of LED light source standards

The world of LED lighting continues to develop and expand at an incredible pace. And like a boat struggling to hold its anchor against a flood tide a brave group of businesses is trying to establish ‘standards’ that allow lighting manufacturers & end users to interchange light sources. This is of course the Zhaga consortium. Formed in 2010 and now boasting 146 member companies, it is attempting to ‘standardise where no one has standardised before’. But will these standards endure and be with us in 20 years’ time, or will they be swept away by the pace of LED technology?

To read more visit:
http://www.forge-europa.co.uk/knowledge-zone/led-lighting-standardisation-hit-or-miss/
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What no one tells you about high lumen density LEDs

High lumen density LEDs are one of the latest technology developments to emerge aimed at reducing LED lighting system costs. In many cases the LED no longer constitutes the largest cost element of an overall system; however the characteristics of an LED can often be the determining factor in the performance and total system cost of an LED lighting product.

Lighting OEMs can significantly reduce system size and system cost by using fewer, more-robust and reliable high lumen density LED components to achieve the same overall flux, intensity and life as larger, and more complex LED solutions.

To get more information on how to successfully use high lumen
density LEDs visit http://bit.ly/highlumendensity

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Great to see examples of Forge Europa's LED products featured on the Electrical Engineering website...

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Top 10 LED Design Tips #10 Good, Cheap, Quick – Pick any two

LEDs are not immune to the usual constraints of project management. When you are developing your custom LED lighting solution remember that you can have a low quality product quickly but it will cost you and a high quality-low cost solution that will take some time. Know what you want from the outset and you won't go far wrong.

Read more at: http://bitly.com/top_10_led_design_tips
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Top 10 LED Design Tips #9 Realise LED USPs

There's probably an LED for almost anything - if you can think of it you'll probably find an LED for it. Whether you're illuminating dog collars, customising trainers or growing plants applying LED technology could just be the innovation you were waiting for. New markets are opening all the time thanks to ingenious and fresh ideas that don't overlook the potential of LED.

Read more at: http://bitly.com/top_10_led_design_tips
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Top 10 LED Design Tips #8 LED photometry is tough – but you need to understand it

By now we have established that LED components are not simple and emit light in ways that are novel to those of the more traditional lighting technologies. LEDs are point sources of light that are omni-directional not only that but there's colour uniformity and emission spectra to consider. You will need to understand LED photometry otherwise you'll fail to understand LEDs themselves. You can join a trade association or use laboratories either way you need to get trained.

Read more at: http://bitly.com/top_10_led_design_tips
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Top 10 LED Design Tips #7 Adhere to the standards

Don't go thinking that because LEDs are relatively new to the lighting space you can avoid standards. Your lighting products must conform to the same safety standards as other light sources - this is not an optional extra, it is a requirement.

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Top 10 LED Design Tips #6 Know the LED killers

There are a number of potential LED killers that you need to be aware of:

- Hot plugging
- Electrostatic discharge (ESD)
- Mains surges
- High voltage testing
- Mains pick-up
- Chemical compatibility

Remembering these could just help you avoid catastrophic failure or latent defects within the LED components. After all, you've just spent considerable time and money perfecting your LED solution so don't undo all that good work and compromise the longevity of your overall system.

Read more at: http://bitly.com/top_10_led_design_tips
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Top 10 LED Design Tips #5 Consider custom optics

A custom LED optic enables your product to make better, more efficient use of the light output from LEDs and what's more it's not as difficult or as expensive as you might think. You could always used a standard off-the-shelf optic with your cleverly designed custom PCB: but with a little effort and small upfront investment you'll have the perfect accessory to improve your solution and its overall aesthetic appeal.

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Top 10 LED Design Tips: #4 LM80/TM21 are wonderful – use them

The LED industry has begun to get its house in order when it comes to LED lifetime evaluation, which is a fantastic achievement. Spurious lifetime claims have the potential to cause the wider lighting market to lose confidence in the reliability and legitimacy of LED technology.

Make use of the LM-80 data that is available; indeed shout from the rooftops that your product uses LEDs that are backed up by industry standard testing methodologies!

Read more at: http://bitly.com/top_10_led_design_tips
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