6 May 2015
Bridgelux launches integrated smart module LED array with open platform technology
In booth 2847 at the 2015 Light Fair International event in New York, Bridgelux Inc of Livermore, CA, USA (a vertically integrated manufacturer of solid-state light sources for lighting applications) has debuted the first of its integrated smart module suite of products, enabling customers to provide networkable LED arrays for the commercial, retail and industrial spaces. The Xenio smart platform is compatible with a greater variety of standards, protocols and other technologies to ensure ease of integration, greater value and future functionality, says the firm. With the launch of its first smart lighting product,
Claimed to be the highest-efficacy integrated module available on the market, Xenio features tightly integrated controls, local intelligence and communications capabilities, and smooth dimming down to 0.1% of light output. Bridgelux says that it worked with key technology partners and customers to include features in the new platform that meet the demands of ease of integration, performance, light quality and value required by luminaire manufacturers and their end-customers.
"For our customers to succeed in a connected, data-driven future, we're introducing new technologies that are integrated, efficient and compatible, that will position smart lighting arrays as the infrastructure to further enable the Internet of Things," says CEO Brad Bullington. "This first-generation product sets the tone for how Bridgelux is innovating through hardware and software."
As a truly open platform, the Xenio smart lighting array is designed to be compatible with multiple communication protocols including Bluetooth Smart, Zigbee, DMX 512, DALI and common controls standards including 0-10V. It has also been architected to enable advanced software, offering integration with Avi-on's Bluetooth-based system as well as Harvard Engineering's EyeNut platform. These systems offer users the freedom to commission, configure and readily control their own lighting to optimize energy savings.
"The Xenio platform brings together Bridgelux's technology with Harvard's EyeNut to enable point control with individual modules, wirelessly — a benefit that no other smart lighting product on the market can currently claim," says Antony Corrie, VP of Harvard Americas. "By integrating Harvard's technology with Xenio, the EyeNut solution can be used across a wide range of industry and commercial applications."
Available in three array sizes, the smart lighting array self-monitors its real-time health and temperature and stores historical operating data in order to optimize performance and value with status reporting that is DMX 512/RDM capable.
The product is powered by the emerging 48VDC standard, which is becoming increasingly popular for its high efficiency while still being regulated as low voltage. This forward-looking standard offers multiple options for powering light fixtures, says Bridgelux. Xenio features multiple options for 48VDC power supplies, including fixture-integrated constant-voltage power supplies, a room-level power hub with Class 2 cabling that uses low voltage to power 8-10 fixtures, and a Power over Ethernet (PoE) data switch.
The product's open, integrated platform is architected to help future-proof luminaire designs for easy, cost-effective upgrades to future Bridgelux smart lighting products featuring, for example, tunable white capabilities, sensor technology or other data-focused innovations.
Samples of the product will be available in September, with production availability from January 2016 in the USA and Europe.