13 March 2020
Bridgelux launches eighth generation of COB LEDs, deliver 185lm/W efficacy at 3000K 80 CRI
Bridgelux Inc of Fremont, CA, USA (a vertically integrated manufacturer of solid-state light sources for lighting applications) has announced its eighth generation of chip-on board (COB) LED products, delivering luminous efficacy of up to 185lm/W across its V Series, Vero Series and Vero SE Series families at nominal drive current. This performance is benchmarked at the popular 3000K 80 CRI (color rendering index) point, with efficacies above 200lm/W possible at other color points across the industry’s broadest range bof COB products.
In addition to reclaiming the industry lead in COB efficacy, it is claimed, the products have the following additional features:
- nominal light output optimized to align with traditional lamp standards;
- standard warranty of up to 10 years;
- efficacy improvements of up to 10% compared with previous product generations;
- up to 3x overdrive capability, delivering a 30% increase in maximum lumens per LES (light-emitting surface) size;
- increased lumens per dollar, further reducing the cost of solid-state lighting;
- optical and mechanical consistency with previous generations, enabling a seamless upgrade path leveraging existing ecosystem components;
- broad range of COB size and performance options from LES 8mm to LES 29mm;
- improved alignment with industry-standard drive currents, enabling the use of economical LED drivers to further reduce costs;
- technologically equivalent with existing Bridgelux seventh-generation COB LM-80 data.
With more efficient light sources available for an entire lighting ecosystem, customers are now better equipped to meet evolving energy standards and rebate incentive programs without compromises in quality of light, says the firm.
In addition launching new Gen 8 products, Bridgelux continues to expand its portfolio of human-centric lighting solutions. New products under development include the new Vesta Thrive COB (said to be the first tunable white natural-spectrum light source); expansions in the Vesta Flex dual-channel driver and controls family to now include Casambi and Silvair control modules; and the new Vesta SE (the first dim-to-warm and tunable white COBs with integrated holders to simplify and standardize mechanical, optical, and electrical connections).
“The lighting market continues to evolve, with some suppliers reducing their focus on lighting,” says CEO Tim Lester. “Bridgelux is a technology partner for our customers that remains committed to lighting. Our expanded portfolio further enhances our ability to support our customers in navigating the market transition toward human-centric lighting, the right light, in the right place, at the right time,” he adds.
Bridgelux Gen 8 products are available now for sampling and ordering, with production shipments commencing in April.