Products, Materials & Tools | May 19, 2011

Molex Showcases Solder-Free LED Array Holders for Bridgelux ES Arrays and Cree's XLamp* MP-L and CXA2011 Arrays

Lightfair 2011 - Molex solderless LED array holders eliminate the need for hand or SMT soldering, reducing installation time and costs. These new products create a solderless mechanical and electrical connection between LED array and power source to simplify the installation process and provide field serviceable benefits.

LED Array Holder for Bridgelux ES Arrays:
Molex Incorporated announces the availability of its solderless LED Array Holder for Bridgelux ES Arrays.  The product’s unique compression contacts power the arrays while eliminating the need for hand soldering or expensive Surface Mount Technology (SMT) equipment.  Ideal for light fixture original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Molex’s LED Array Holders reduce installation time and increase connectivity options while lowering costs.  The solderless screw-down connection allows for a standardized manufacturing process, adding to the design simplicity delivered by the Bridgelux ES Arrays.  In addition, Molex will release an RS holder with the same features and benefits in Q3 of 2011.

“Molex’s LED Array Holders are the perfect complement to Bridgelux’s ES Arrays.  They allow us to deliver the same high performance and cost-effective solid-state lighting solution that our customers expect, while enhancing the plug-and-play nature of our arrays,” said Tony Marshall, director of array product marketing at Bridgelux.  “Because there is no secondary processing in terms of wire soldering, Molex’s holders help facilitate quick design cycles and ease system-level integration challenges for OEMs.”

Molex’s LED Array Holders are ideal for all general illumination applications including downlighting, architectural lighting and area lighting.  With a double-ended wire trap terminal, the holders simplify array assembly by allowing flexibility in wire orientation to achieve optimal wire routing.  A releasable wire trap enables field replacements and facilitates upgrades to current applications.  In addition, Molex offers a clear LED protective cover that includes a snap-lock feature.  The thermoplastic housing supports high heat-generating environments.

“As LED technology becomes more prevalent, the challenge is developing products that simplify the installation process without compromising reliability or energy efficiency,” said Jeremy Zidek, associate product manager, solid-state lighting, Molex.  “By using Molex’s unmatched interconnect knowledge, our holders provide Bridgelux ES Array customers with a single piece, solderless connection that is not only easy to install, but dramatically improves upon conventional LED mounting options.” 

LED Array Holder  for Cree XLamp MP-L and CXA20 Arrays:
Molex Incorporated announces the availability of its solderless LED Array Holder for Cree’s energy-efficient XLamp* MP-L and CXA2011 arrays.  The product’s unique compression contacts power the arrays while eliminating the need for hand soldering or expensive Surface Mount Technology (SMT) equipment and providing a stable connection in high-ambient temperature.  Ideal for light fixture original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Molex’s LED Array Holders simplify the design and assembly process by using only two screws to secure the connector to the LED and thermal interface.  Additionally, by employing innovative Molded Interconnect Device (MID) technology the holders allow the MP-L LEDs to be powered in either series or parallel, providing two options for Cree OEMs: high-voltage series wiring for lamp applications and low-voltage parallel wiring for fixtures. 

“By simplifying the installation process, the Molex Array Holders provide OEMs with greater flexibility to focus on the fixture design,” said Greg Bibee, product manager, Cree.  “Simplifying LED fixture design is another way Cree and Molex are working to accelerate the LED lighting revolution.”
 
Molex’s LED Array Holders are ideal for all general illumination applications including downlighting, architectural lighting and area lighting.  With a double-ended wire trap terminal, the holders simplify array assembly by allowing flexibility in wire orientation to achieve optimal wire routing.  A releasable wire trap enables field replacements and facilitates upgrades to current applications.  In addition, Molex offers a clear LED protective cover that includes a snap-lock feature.  The thermoplastic housing supports high heat-generating environments and the holders comply with UL 496 specifications.

“As LED technology becomes more prevalent, the challenge is developing products that simplify the installation process without compromising reliability or energy efficiency,” said Jeremy Zidek, associate product manager, solid-state lighting, Molex.  “By using Molex’s unmatched interconnect knowledge, our holders provide Cree XLamp MP-L and CXA2011 array customers with a single piece, solderless connection that is not only easy to install, but dramatically improves upon conventional LED mounting options.” 

Availability:
Molex LED Array Holders are available through Molex franchised distributors and will be on display at LIGHTFAIR International, Molex Booth 2155, May 17 to 19, Philadelphia, PA.  For more information please visit www.molex.com/link/holderCreempl.html

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About Molex Incorporated:
Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, medical, military, lighting and solar. Established in 1938, the company operates 39 manufacturing locations in 16 countries. The Molex website is www.molex.com/.

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