Smart Lighting + IoT | LED Modules | Components | AC LED Modules | Controls | Mar 14, 2018

Fulham Announces Numerous New Products and Solutions for Light + Building

At Light+Building, Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, will demonstrate several new products and solutions for lighting applications. Fulham will demonstrate the new universal voltage versions of its DirectAC direct-drive LED Engines and its new line of LinearHO high-output LED modules to European OEMs and distributors. Furthermore Fulham demonstrates Bluetooth Mesh and PoE technology for LED lighting control.

Universal Voltage Integrated DirectAC LED Engine and Retrofit Kit:

Fulham’s latest DirectAC LED Engines are low-profile, self-contained units with an integrated driver that can support power ratings from 120 to 277 volts.

Integrating the driver on the circuit board makes the DirectAC LED engine more versatile and cost-efficient. Since this newest DirectAC LED Engine supports universal voltage, it’s ideal for retrofits as well as new installations. The LED engine is ideal for application such as wall sconces and ceiling luminaires, but it can be installed in virtually any setting. The integrated driver design also makes Fulham’s Universal DirectAC LED Engine suitable for open and enclosed luminaires, and luminaires with plastic and glass lenses.

“More of our European OEMs and distributors are delivering luminaires for large construction projects as well as retrofits, so we wanted to offer a one-size-fits-all LED light kit that could be installed anywhere,” said Edwin Reyes, Product Director, LED Light Sources, for Fulham. “Adding the driver circuitry to the board reduces the size of the LED engine as well as the cost of manufacturing, and universal voltage support means customers can stock one unit for more applications. We also expect the DirectAC LED Engine to gain popularity with installers since it can be fitted in five to 10 minutes.”

The DirectAC LED Engines are available in 10 W, 15 W, 23 W, and 34 W round configurations as well as a 15W, 4 by 7-inch rectangular configuration. They offer a lumen maintenance of L70>54,000 hours, with a color consistency of 3 SDCM and a variety of color temperatures with an 80 CRI up to 90 CRI, making them ideal for replacing fluorescents, and the units are leading/trailing edge dimmable from 100 to 10 percent. To reduce flicker, the DirectAC Engines have additional circuitry for use with 50/60 Hz power lines; flicker is below 30 percent when operated at line voltage which meets most standards requirements for low flicker. All units are suitable for installation in dry and damp locations, indoor or outdoor.

Newest High Output LinearHO LED Modules:

Fulham’s new LinearHO modules have been designed for use with highbay, waterproof/non-corrosive and recessed modular luminaires, along with other luminaires where high-output lighting is needed. The LinearHO modules are also suitable for use within damp environments.

The LinearHO DC LED modules are high-lumen, high-efficacy units designed to replace and enhance where traditional linear lamps would have previously been used. The LED modules are compatible with constant current drivers including most of Fulham’s LED drivers and emergency lighting systems.

The variants of LinearHO modules available include 560mm delivering >7,100 lumens and 1120 mm or 147 5mm delivering >13,600; available in 3000 K, 4000 K and 5000 K color temperatures, with 80CRI or 90CRI options. All variants have pre-mounted magnets and push-in connectors for easiest installation and are self thermally managed due to their extruded aluminium design.

“We are seeing more demand for high-output linear LED modules for outdoor applications and harsher environments, such as linear highbay applications, so we designed our LinearHO LED modules for both new installations and retrofits,” said Mark Needham, Vice President of European Sales for Fulham. “These new high-output modules will be popular with installers as well since they can be installed in minutes. Our goal is to provide OEMs and installers with LED modules that are more versatile, standards compliant, and easy to customise and install.”

Fulham’s LinearHO DC LED modules are ideal replacements for Fluorescent T5HO, which were typically used in highbay, recessed modular and within single or twin waterproof/non-corrosive linear. Each variant of the LinearHO LED modules can be used with their optional diffused lens accessory optic that can be simply clicked-on without the need for any tools or additional components. The LinearHO LED modules are fully compliant with all associated European specifications requirements and are fully available now.

Bluetooth Mesh and PoE Technology for LED Lighting Control:

The new wireless lighting control technology uses the Bluetooth mesh control stack from Silvair to provide two-way communication to smart light fixtures. The new Power over Ethernet (PoE) LED Linear Engine technology combines DC power and smart lighting control.

Fulham’s Light+Building Bluetooth mesh demonstration will include a Bluetooth to 0-10 V LED controller and a 40 W LED driver with add-on Bluetooth connectivity via a Fulham Intelligent Wireless Module. Both products will be used to control third-party sensors and wall switches, showing the promise of Bluetooth Mesh compatibility. These are some of the very first wireless LED controllers to provide two-way Bluetooth communications, enabling control commands and commissioning as well as data gathering for performance monitoring and analytics.

Bluetooth mesh can be used to enable a wireless lighting management ecosystem that can quickly pay for itself, as well as laying the foundation for centralized lighting controls as the foundation for IoT (the Internet of Things). ABI Research predicts there will be 48 billion Internet-enabled devices installed by 2021, including smart luminaires, and open standards such as Bluetooth mesh will make it possible to consolidate these devices into an IoT infrastructure. Fulham is demonstrating a prototype app that shows how sensors in luminaires can be used for additional IoT functions such as managing HVAC, alarm systems, emergency exit signs, and smart door lock controls.

Adopting Bluetooth mesh for wireless lighting controls offers a number of advantages since Bluetooth is a well-defined, open standard that promises fast, reliable performance and scalability. Mesh networking was designed for applications such as building automation, supporting many-to-many communications, and it is ideally suited for connected lighting since it can simultaneously connect sensors in hundreds to thousands of luminaires.

Fulham also will display a new PoE Linear LED Engine technology, which can be integrated into a variety of form-factors . Unlike previous generations of PoE products that can only issue commands via a 0-10 V interface, the PoE LED Engine connects directly to the LED light module, providing complete two-way communication with the fixture to gather data about luminaire performance, power consumption, and operating temperature, as well as issuing commands such as on/off, dimming, color tuning and timed scheduling.

Using PoE to power LED luminaires simplifies installation, since only one cable is needed for both power and controls. PoE provides the LED luminaries with a low-voltage DC power source providing up to 52 W of power. This makes the luminaire more energy efficient and less costly since no conversion drivers are required.
PoE also allows makes it easier to accommodate high bandwidth sensors such as IP cameras in the same network infrastructure used to power and control lighting. With PoE, each LED luminaire has a unique IP address, making it easy to add lighting to an IoT infrastructure, including remote management over the Internet.

“We have been developing clever LED products with integrated programmability for some time. The next step toward smart lighting is to add communications to programmability, and our technology demonstrations at Light+Building will highlight some of the possibilities offered networked lighting ecosystems,” said Russ Sharer, Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development for Fulham. “In addition to providing two-way communications for both control and data gathering, using open standards such as Bluetooth Mesh and Power over Ethernet to connect luminaires paves the way for IoT integration. LED lighting with built-in sensors creates an ideal framework for IoT infrastructure. These technologies have been requested many times by our OEMs, and we are excited to share their status.”

The new products, solutions and the technology demonstration of lighting controls will be shown in Hall 4.0, Stand A12. You are welcome to visit us or at Light + Building, or to visit our website,, for more information.

About Fulham:

Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global provider of intelligent, socially-conscious sustainable commercial lighting components and electronics for use in commercial general lighting, parking structure, signage, horticultural, UV and other applications. The company develops and manufactures a variety of award-winning LED and emergency products, as well as legacy products across multiple lighting platforms. Fulham sells its lighting solutions worldwide through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electrical equipment distribution channels. Headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., the company has sales and/or manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, China, India and the UAE.