15 April 2010


Luminus launches ballasts optimized to power lighting-class PhlatLight LEDs

At this week’s Light + Building event in Frankfurt, Germany, Luminus Devices Inc of Billerica, MA, USA, which makes LED solid-state light sources for illumination applications, launched its new ballast line, which includes four new ballasts specifically designed to interface with its SST-50, SST-90 and CSM-360 PhlatLight LEDs.   

Ballast solutions for 1mm2 LEDs are abundant in the marketplace, but Luminus says that its ‘big chip’ technology LEDs have unique electrical requirements that must be carefully considered. At the heart of the electronic power system driving the LEDs, the new ballasts are designed to provide ready-made electrical/lighting solutions that reduce complexity and expedite time to market. With a voltage range of 3-48V and a current range of 1.75-3.2A, they are suited to Luminus’ large monolithic chip platform.

“This is a significant product line extension both for Luminus and our customers in the application of lighting,” claims Dirk Fieberg, Luminus’ program manager, LED Drivers. The new optimized electrical solutions will allow users to reap the benefits of Luminus’ big chip technology, he adds. A benefit for Luminus is that the new product line provides the firm with added revenue growth.

The new LB-030-15, LB-030-09, LB-060-15 and LB-150-48 ballasts all take universal AC input, have at least IP64 ingress protection, are RoHS compliant and CE certified.

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