3 September 2010


Japan gets its first LUXEON-based LED retrofit light bulb

Future Lighting Solutions, which provides LED lighting components and support services for solid-state lighting products and installations (including engineering expertise, concept development, full system solutions and online tools), has announced a collaboration with Hong Kong’s Quantum Lighting Products Ltd to develop an LED retrofit for E26-base incandescent light bulbs. Using LUXEON Rebel LEDs made by Philips Lumileds of San Jose, CA, USA, the retrofits are being marketed through Japanese retail stores under the country’s Elpa brand, and are available in four cool- and warm-white models designed to replace 40W and 60W bulbs.

The bulbs were designed and are made by Quantum for Asahi Electric Corp, owner of the Elpa brand. Future Lighting provided engineering assistance, including input on LED board layout and thermal management, plus consultation on board assembly on the production line. Future also provides inventory management services to ensure that Quantum receives LEDs from selected color, flux and forward voltage bins for consistent appearance and performance.

Each 4W or 5.5W retrofit bulb contains three or five LUXEON Rebel LEDs, lasts up to 40,000 hours, and consumes one tenth of the energy of its incandescent counterpart, it is reckoned.

“We have five years of experience in designing and manufacturing LED flashlights, but expanding into LED retrofit bulbs presented new development challenges,” says Quantum Lighting’s managing director Thomas Chan. “Partnering with Future Lighting Solutions enabled us to deliver a reliable product without unnecessary development cycles while also launching a new product line that will significantly build our business,” he reckons.

“We have had a good working relationship with Quantum since they began developing solid-state flashlights, and that paved the way for collaboration on this retrofit project,” says Future Lighting Solutions regional sales VP Winter Chan. “The bulb is already so successful that there is talk of expanding the market to North America and Europe.”

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