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3 June 2014

Seoul Semiconductor launches Acrich3, interfacing with smart-lighting control technologies

South Korean LED maker Seoul Semiconductor has launched Acrich3, its next generation of smart-lighting LED technology.

Acrich3 not only provides lighting designers with an easy-to-use solution but, coupled with smart lighting control technologies, it can further enhance energy savings, performance and aesthetics of LED lighting systems, says the firm. With Acrich3, Seoul Semiconductor is positioned to penetrate the smart lighting market, which is expected to reach KRW10 trillion (US$9.76bn, or €7.12bn) by 2020.

One of the barriers in replacing conventional lighting technologies with solid-state lighting products is the compatibility of existing triac or phase-cut dimmers with LED retrofit lamps. Acrich3 is designed to work with most existing TRIAC dimmers without sacrificing power quality or efficiency, ensuring consumers can take advantage of both energy savings and ambiance lighting controls, says the firm.

Furthermore, the new Acrich3 solution enables users to make the transition from wall-dimmer-controlled LED lights to smart lighting control systems. Acrich3 technology can interface through a wide variety of wireless networks such as Zigbee, WiFi, Bluetooth in order to control dimming, CCT (correlated color temperature), zoning and scheduling - all from a tablet or a smartphone - to optimize both energy savings and the aesthetic benefits of LED lighting.

While existing smart lighting LED systems require complex AC/DC converters, the 6mm x 6mm Acrich3 IC can be operated directly from AC, reducing component count and improving reliability, says Seoul Semiconductor. It also has an in-built auxiliary power source to power sensors to interface with smart lighting controls.

“LED lighting, optimized in combination with advanced intelligent lighting control systems, is becoming more important in both residential and commercial lighting applications,” says Jay Kim, executive VP of Seoul Semiconductor’s Lighting sales division. “Seoul Semiconductor has invested over four years to make the perfect smart lighting system”, he adds. “Seoul Semiconductor plans to launch several new modules with Acrich 3 technology for the use in residential, commercial, and industrial lighting systems.”

Acrich3 technology is being showcased at the Light Fair International (LFI 2014) exhibition in Las Vegas (3-5 June) and at the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition in China (9-12 June).

Tags: Seoul Semiconductor LEDs

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