The State of Solid State Lighting

By WPG AmericasAugust 10, 2015

Unless you have been off the grid or just under some bad lighting, you may have noticed more solid state lighting fixtures illuminating the environment around you. There have been great strides over the past 6 years enabling these products to replace existing lighting solutions. Facilitating these rapid performance improvements are a number of advancements in LED (light emitting diode) component materials and fabrication.  This allows for a continual reduction in component footprint and improved light output efficacy.  The pace of these advancements has allowed LED lighting to take over as the current market leading lighting solution, and should remain so well into the future. The light emitting diode has been changing the way people benefit from  lighting and how it can be used in their everyday lives. These advancements have opened up the opportunity for even further integration of this technology and here are currently a multitude of emerging market.

Integration of this technology into systems beyond lighting your home or the streets outside has been demonstrated with promising results. While most of us may only see the architectural  & residential side of LED lighting, solid state lighting has made huge inroads into healthcare, horticulture and other industries. The scientific understanding of how the overall stimuli provided by wavelengths to plants and animals can be sculpted to enhance growth, yield, safety and the list goes on.

Solid state lighting has become a common technology to be used for the betterment of our world. With new designs, increased efficiency and ease of use, there are areas of focus to optimize and ensure the proper utilization. Some variables  to keep in mind when designing an optimized lighting solution are: thermal control; power consumption; and optical pattern. Furthermore, an often overlooked feature during the design phase is the fixture itself and the materials used in the assembly. it’s made of. In the materials industry new chemistries are being constantly developed. If you are looking to ensure a robust product, the compatibility of these materials may need to be analyzed. There are a number of material manufacturers that have already done this testing for you. A major key to the success of these products is working with a knowledgeable and reliable partner during the design phase to embrace, expand, and expedite the next evolution in lighting.  Farms are seeing huge benefits from advancements in LED lighting.  There is a compatibility test to verify the performance of different materials with the Cree family of products.  

This test has been used by major corporations and everyday hobbyist to test everything from adhesives, to conformal coatings, to cutting fluids used during the machining of a heat sink.

More information about this chemical compatibility test kit and the supporting application note can be found through the link provided below. New Energy CSP Written by: Josh Markle Director of Engineering New Energy LLC.