Business News | Feb 23, 2011

Philips Lumileds Leads LED Lighting Industry to “Freedom From Binning” and Unsurpassed Quality of Light

Philips Lumileds announced an industry breakthrough today that will relieve luminaire manufacturers’ and lighting designers’ concerns over white light consistency and uniformity and will dramatically simplify the design process for LED solutions. With Philips Lumileds vision for Freedom From Binning, white LUXEON emitters will be so uniform and consistent that there will be no color bin selections. Buyers of the new LEDs, initially released at CCTs of 2700K and 3000K with others to follow, will receive LUXEON LEDs that are already tested and binned at real-world operating conditions so that their performance for color, light output, and efficacy are already known. Lumileds will proliferate Freedom From Binning through new product introductions this year and into the future.

“At random, I can lay a thousand of these new LUXEONs in a straight line and the consistency and color quality from LED to LED will be as good or better as what you would see with many of the bulbs in use today, said Michael Holt, CEO of Philips Lumileds. “The lighting industry has yearned for quality of light, simplicity of design, and more efficient light sources in mass quantities and reasonable costs that enable solutions that improve on what’s possible with conventional lamps. By combining our unique TFFC and Lumiramic phosphor technologies with new manufacturing capabilities that allow us to ‘hot’ test and color bin, Philips Lumileds’ Freedom From Binning is charting a new course for the LED manufacturing industry to follow and moving us ever closer to the lighting industry.”

The lighting community will want to look at LED performance information in a new way as a result of these advancements. Although typical datasheets present data for LEDs at 25°C, it’s well know that the actual operating temperature is closer to 85°C (sometimes higher) and that the performance numbers reported are essentially overstated. LUXEON products that offer Freedom From Binning are tested at 85°C so that the actual color point and performance numbers are known. “We sacrifice the marketing value of higher lumen and efficacy numbers for accuracy and confidence,” said Holt. “We can calculate performance at lower temperatures but that would defeat the point and potentially mislead.” Most datasheets from LED manufacturers include the information required to understand performance at elevated temperatures and the industry is able to make real-world comparisons between products.

Philips Lumileds will release its first product to feature Freedom From Binning this week at Strategies in Light. Color selections will consist simply of a CCT designation, centered on the black body curve at hot (real-world) conditions. As new LUXEON products are introduced for the lighting industry, Philips Lumileds will expand its Freedom From Binning program.

About Philips Lumileds:
Philips Lumileds is the world's leading provider of power LEDs for illumination solutions. The company's leading light output, efficacy and thermal management are direct results of the ongoing commitment to advancing solid-state lighting technology and enabling lighting solutions that are more environmentally friendly, help reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the need for power plant expansion. Philips Lumileds' LUXEON LEDs are enabling new solutions for shop, outdoor, office, school, and home lighting applications. More information about the company's LUXEON LED products and solid-state lighting technologies can be found at www.philipslumileds.com/.

About Royal Philips Electronics:
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs more than 118,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 23 billion in 2009, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare.

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