New SSL segment
06 April 2010
Helieon LED light module to displace traditional lighting with plug-and-play solution.
Molex and Bridgelux have partnered to create the industry’s most cost-competitive, interchangeable and upgradeable Solid State Lighting solution.
The two companies have introduced the first LED lighting solution designed and priced to drive rapid, mass market adoption of LED lighting technology. The new Helieon Sustainable Light Module combines solid state lighting technology from Bridgelux with, easy-to-use interconnect technology from Molex, resulting in effortless installation, interchangeability and upgradeability.
With a lifespan of more than 10 years (the product has an average lumen maintenance of 50,000 hours, and the 10-year lifespan is based on 12 hours of use per day for 365 days per year), Helieon is one of the industry’s highest quality, most cost-effective solid state lighting solutions, and will change the way LED lighting solutions are used. Helieon also helps lighting manufacturers reduce energy costs and environmental waste for a sustainably designed lighting environment.
“Helieon will quickly debunk the myth that solid state lighting isn’t ready for mass adoption,” said William Watkins, CEO of Bridgelux. “Providing high quality light and an easy and familiar installation experience at a price point to enable mass adoption, Helieon delivers on the promise of solid state lighting. With Helieon, solid state lighting is poised to displace conventional incandescent, fluorescent and other technologies in many high-volume general lighting applications, creating a $100 billion market opportunity. Together, Bridgelux and Molex are creating a new, massive market segment for solid state lighting.”
Helieon combines LED Array products from Bridgelux with Molex interconnect technology to create a socketed plug-and-play solution that can be easily integrated into a wide variety of luminaires. The separable source and socket system emulates a traditional bulb and socket, allowing manufacturers to deliver a variety of lighting effects from a single luminaire design. Initial product offerings include between 500 and 1500 lumens in 3000K warm white or 4100K neutral white, combined with precision optics to deliver narrow, medium or wide flood beam angles. The products simple, adaptable design, high performance and competitive price point give lamp and luminaire manufacturers unprecedented flexibility and opportunities in design and marketing. The Bridgelux Arrays used in the Helieon Sustainable Light Module deliver between 500 and 1500 operational lumens (performance comparable to or greater than 40 to 75 Watt incandescent bulbs) in a compact high flux density light source. These deliver high quality light without pixilation, closely replicating the beam quality of traditional light sources. Patented Bridgelux technology enables an industry-leading thermal resistance with exceptional brightness and colour uniformity. Helieon combines the Bridgelux LED Array with a precision beam control optic to further simplify the design process for the luminaire manufacturer and enable high quality lighting.
The Molex interconnect technology provides a remarkably easy and familiar installation experience, simplifying the design effort and allowing luminaire designers, commercial end-users and consumers to upgrade, interchange, and replace modules, altering and controlling their environment as desired. Leading the industry in defining and driving an interconnect standard, the Molex patented design can adapt to a wide range of fixture configurations.
Helieon will be available for production shipments in May. The product carries a three year warranty and provides the efficacy to enable luminaires to meet Energy Star, Title 24, Part L and other global regulatory standards. Helieon is RoHS compliant, and the companies are currently securing UL recognition to further simplify the design and customer acceptance process.
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