Products, Materials & Tools | Feb 05, 2009

Philips Lumileds Simplifies the ENERGY STAR®Application Process for SSL

Philips Lumileds has launched a free online tool that makes it easier for manufacturers of LED-based luminaires to show compliance with ENERGY STAR® standards. The tool is available from both the Philips Lumileds and Future Lighting Solutions web sites.

The new tool addresses the requirements of the “Chromaticity and Spatial Uniformity” test in the ENERGY STAR® specification for LED lighting that requires the beam of light to appear the same color to the human eye, regardless of which area of the beam the viewer looks at or where they are at in relation to the light source.
  
To show compliance with these requirements, the lighting manufacturer must have their product tested by an independent laboratory. The lab tests will produce a data set showing the color of the light output under a wide variety of conditions. In many cases, the lighting manufacturer must undergo a difficult and time-consuming process to analyze the data set and perform complex calculations to demonstrate or determine compliance.
 
With the new tool, lighting manufacturers simply enter the data set from their test lab, as specified by IESNA LM79. The tool then automatically performs all necessary calculations and generates a report in a recognized format. This report shows whether the light complies with the Chromaticity and Spatial Uniformity specification, and if not, indicates where and how it fails.
 
“Our tool eliminates the learning curve and confusion by making a difficult process simple. Now you just plug in the data your lab gives you, and our tool does the rest,” said Rudi Hechfellner, Philips Lumileds’ Applications Manager. “Manufacturers can go into the compliance-testing process knowing that determining compliance will be quick and simple.”
  
Philips Lumileds is making the tool available free to any manufacturer of solid-state luminaires using LEDs from any vendor, including LUXEON LEDs from Philips Lumileds. To use the tool, go to www.philipslumileds.com/energystar/.

  
About Philips Lumileds:
Philips Lumileds is the world's leading provider of power LEDs for everyday lighting applications. The company's recent records for 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 never before possible applications in hospitality, outdoor lighting, retail lighting and in homes. 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 approximately 121,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 26 billion in 2008, 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 wellbeing and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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