21 September 2010


Luminus awarded DOE grant to develop driver electronics for high-power LEDs

Luminus Devices Inc of Billerica, MA, USA, which develops and manufactures large-chip PhlatLight (photonic lattice) LEDs for illumination applications, says it has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science to develop low-cost, high-efficiency drive electronics to enhance its big-chip LED technology for use in next-generation, solid-state light sources and fixtures in commercial and industrial buildings as well as residential applications.

The grant is one of seven Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants awarded by the DOE last week targeting advances in solid-state lighting (SSL) technology.

Luminus was awarded the Phase 1 grant under the DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The primary aim is to bring big-chip solid-state lighting solutions to world markets more rapidly and at lower costs with energy-efficient electronics.

“Luminus develops the world’s brightest single-element, solid-state light sources,” claims president & CEO Keith T. S. Ward. The DOE grant should help to expand the global reach of PhlatLight LEDs into untapped environments, he reckons. “In 2012, many traditional light sources will begin to be phased out as part of the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007, and will be replaced with next-generation, long-lasting, energy-efficient solid-state light sources,” he adds. “The DOE award is further validation of Luminus’ LED solutions that bring value and new designs to the North American lighting market.”

Designed to provide an ultra-bright, reliable light source, Luminus LEDs are used in lighting applications by many of the world’s largest electronics and lighting companies. The firm’s solutions are enabling new general illumination applications in lighting markets such as architectural, entertainment, retail, residential, roadways, industrial high-bay lighting, digital displays and signage and UV for industrial processing.

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