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Products, Materials + Tools | Apr 16, 2014

Molex Introduces Its New Low-Profile Lite-Trap SMT Wire-to-Board Connector System

Molex's new Lite-Trap™ easy-to-use push-button latch allows simple field assembly and removal for thin LED lighting manufacturers Molex Incorporated announces its new Lite-Trap™ SMT Wire-to-Board Connector System featuring an overall compact size that meets the needs of thin LED lighting-module applications. With a profile height of just 4.20 mm, this push-button style connector provides one of the lowest profile and wire insertion force available on the market today compared to wire-removable type connectors. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Mar 28, 2014

WAGO Provides New SMD PCB Terminal Block for Small LED Modules

WAGO expands its SMD family with the new, just 2.7 mm high, extremely compact 2059 Series PCB terminal blocks from the SMD family The 2059 Series compact SMD PCB terminal blocks stand out thanks to their compact size, their small pin spacing and a high rated voltage, making them particularly well-suited for small LED modules in spotlights, downlights or street lights. The smallest WAGO terminal block, with a mere overall thickness of only 2.7 mm, is extremely flat, covers a wire cross section range of AWG 26 to AWG 22 (0.14 to 0.34 mm²), for solid conductors, and has pin spacing of 3 mm. The PCB terminal block is designed for a rated current of up to 3 A and a rated voltage of 160 V. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Mar 28, 2014

Ideal Introduces Chip-Lok Jr. - A Compact Low-Profile COB Array LED Holder

Ideal named its new COB Array LED holder, which is consistent with Zhaga size and mountings parameters, Chip-Lok Jr. Ideal Industries, Inc., a leading supplier of LED components to OEM light fixture manufacturers, today introduced the new Chip-Lok(TM) Jr, a compact, low-profile version of the company's original Chip-Lok COB (Chip On Board) array holder. The new Chip-Lok Jr. provides improved design flexibility when integrating smaller arrays into compact fixtures and lamps. Read more »

News-Spot | Products, Materials + Tools | Feb 18, 2014

Aurora Circuits Receives UL Certification for Aismalibar IMS Materials

Aurora Circuits has received their UL listing for Aismalibar’s Cobritherm line of Insulated Metal Substrate materials. The certification allows Aurora to UL stamp their products using the entire line of Cobritherm materials which includes ALCUP-G 1.3w, ALCUP 1.8w, HTC 2.2w and HTC 3.2w. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Nov 18, 2013

AVX's New Vertical Top Mount SMT Connector for SSL Wire-to-Board Markets

AVX's new wire-to-board connector allows to connect 18-26AWG wires directly through the connector’s top aperture AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the first vertical, top mount, SMT, wire-to-board connector specifically designed to meet the configuration, performance, and cost goals faced by industrial and solid-state lighting design engineers. Featuring AVX’s industry-proven dual-beam, 3mm, high spring force box contacts packaged in a protective insulator, the new 9296 Series vertical, top mount, poke home connectors provide maximum mechanical stability and wire retention in addition to simple strip and insert wire loading and twist and pull wire removal. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Jul 31, 2013

Mono-Pole Connector from Hirose Optimized for LED Lighting

Hirose Electric's new board-to-board connectors is designed for high density mounting in LED modules Hirose Electric, a leader in the development of innovative connector solutions, has developed the DF59S Series, a mono-pole connector that is optimized for LED lighting applications. The board-to-board connectors feature a housing free receptacle that produces a slim fit and low profile when mated, making this an excellent connector for high density LED applications. The DF59S Series has a unique “stress-free contact” that provides a ± 0.5 mm floating function in the X and Y directions and ± 0.2 mm in the Z direction. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Jul 24, 2013

TE Extends Range of LED Holders to Serve LUXEON® CoB, CITIZEN CLL030/032 and SAMSUNG LC026B/LC040B LEDs

TE's Z50 type LED holders provide a quick and easy solderless connection TE Connectivity (TE), announces the release of extensions for the Type Z50 LED holder. The TE Solderless LED Holder, Type Z50, is a circular LED holder family that is now extended to provide a solderless connection to the Philips Lumileds LUXEON® CoB LED array family (20x24), CITIZEN Electronics CLL030/032 and SAMSUNG LC026B/LC040B LEDs. These LED holders form the core of electrical, mechanical, thermal and optical interconnectivity. The Type Z50 LED holder effortlessly integrates with secondary reflector solutions from Carclo Optics and LEDIL enabling a shorter lead time and easier manufacturing process of LED fixtures. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Mar 04, 2013

Heraeus Celcion®

Comparison of a conventional MCPCB manufacturing process with the additive deposit process that is used to produce Celcion® Heraeus Celcion® is a thick film materials system designed to build circuits on aluminum substrates. Celcion® provides the same fit, form and function as traditional MCPCBs. But with improved performance benefits, such as reduced heat gain, your designers will be able to reduce the size of the Al heat sink and create new, streamlined design configurations, without sacrificing performance. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Jan 28, 2013

Molex Introduces First-to-Market LED Array Plastic Interconnection Technology

The industry’s first integrated plastic interconnection system from Molex enables easier, faster and more flexible application of LED arrays Molex Incorporated announces a new development in LED array holder technology with integral electrical, mechanical and optical connectivity for optimal performance and to simplify design integration for lighting manufacturers. Existing LED arrays represent a challenging compromise between the LED array metal printed circuit boards or ceramic substrates being small enough to minimize costs and deliver the optical performance required while also providing electrical, mechanical and optical attach features to make them easier to use in a lighting system. The new technology from Molex transfers the connectivity and ease of use features from the LED array metal or ceramic substrate to a separate plastic body substrate, allowing for improvements in thermal, optical and mechanical interconnect functionality. This plastic body substrate can be combined with the LED array package in a number of ways to provide an array top side surface with multiple connection choices. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Dec 19, 2012

TE Connectivity Releases New Solderless LED Array Holder Platform

 TE’s holder eliminates soldering challenges and allows the direct attachment of LEDs to a heat sink TE Connectivity (TE), a global technology leader, has announced today the release of an innovative and scalable, solderless LED array holder platform that enables connectivity to a wide range of LED arrays from industry leaders. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Aug 01, 2012

TE Expands Solderless LED Socket Offering to Direct Attach Sharp Mini ZenigataLEDs

Mounting process for the TE Solderless LED Socket, type SMIZ quick termination connector system for use with the Sharp Mini Zenigata LED TE Connectivity has expanded its solderless LED socket offering to include a version for SHARP's new Mini Zenigata LED. The SMIZ socket is precision engineered and designed specifically for the Mini Zenigata LED and offers customers a reliable “plug and play” complete solution. This new socket adds to TE’s extensive portfolio of solderless LED sockets for a wide range of lighting applications. It underlines TE’s commitment to the future of solid state lighting by providing solutions that add value for the customer. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Jul 19, 2012

New Uniform Solder Pad Design Concept for Oslon LEDs and Second Source Offers Greater Flexibility

The adapted solder pad design enables two different LED types to be accommodated on one board LEDs are not all the same. This is evidenced not only by the performance data and the dimensions but also by the solder pads and the processing options. Osram Opto Semiconductors has now developed a concept for uniform solder pads based on the Oslon family, making it easier for customers to use LEDs from different manufacturers (second source) and reducing the costs of storage and processes modification. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Jul 17, 2012

Molex Custom LED Circuit Assemblies Offer Wide Range Of High Volume Production Design Options

Tesla Flex is only one product fromMolex for LED cuircuit assembly Molex Incorporated has ramped up engineering and production to bring custom LED circuit assemblies into a broader range of electronic products – from appliances and computers to automotive and consumer electronics. Molex LED solutions on printed circuit board (PCB) substrates are designed to meet high volume manufacturing requirements in automotive, consumer, medical, military/aerospace, telecommunications, transportation and industrial equipment applications. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | Jun 20, 2012

WAGO's 2060 Series PCB Terminal Block for LED Lighting

2060 LED lighting terminal block from WAGO When the focus is on ease of use and compact design: WAGO is going forward with the transition of lighting technology to LED systems with its 2060 Series PCB terminal block. Read more »

Products, Materials + Tools | May 16, 2012

Molex LED Array Holder Provides a Solder-Free Connector for Citizen's New Chip on Board (COB) Arrays

Molex LED holders for the Citizen COB LEDs are available as one and two peace holders, dependent on the LED series Molex Incorporated announced today that its new LED array holder will support Citizen Electronics’ recently introduced Chip on Board (COB) series of arrays: CLL010, CLL020, CLL030, CLL040 and CLL050. Read more »


WEBINAR, May 20th – Luxury Store Lighting 101: Innovation, Design, Sustainability

WEBINAR, May 20th – Luxury Store Lighting 101: Innovation, Design, Sustainability This webinar will discuss key aspects of lighting for store locations representing sophisticated retail brands. The focus will be given to the efficacy, quality, design and sustainability of a lighting scheme. The complete lighting supply chain is served by the webinar. Read more »


Precise Characterization of Infrared Sources

Precise Characterization of Infrared Sources The demand for IR measurement solutions has increased significantly in the recent years. IR LEDs and IR lasers such as VCSELs have enabled many new applications in the field of “IR sensing”, using the NIR range (800-1000 nm) but also higher wavelengths as 1380 nm. Measurement tasks range from 3D ... Read more »


Tiny and Powerful LUXEON Rubix LEDs Raise the Bar for CRI, Lumens, and Efficacy with Addition of Lime and PC Amber

Tiny and Powerful LUXEON Rubix LEDs Raise the Bar for  CRI, Lumens, and Efficacy with Addition of Lime and PC Amber Lumileds today introduced two new colors – PC Amber and Lime – for its very small and very powerful LUXEON Rubix LED portfolio. The 1.4 square millimeter footprint is almost pixel like and belies the light output that’s possible from this high-power LED. There are 6 color options plus white in the ... Read more »


Cree LED Offers New RGBW LEDs for Architectural Illumination

Cree LED Offers New RGBW LEDs for Architectural Illumination Cree LED offers the broadest line of RGBW LEDs for architectural illumination. The market leading, upgraded CLQ6B, new CLW6A and CLR6A SMD LEDs are high performing 3 & 4 color LEDs. Read more »


WHITE PAPER: Measuring UVA & Violet LED Light Sources

WHITE PAPER: Measuring UVA & Violet LED Light Sources As the development of new UV LED sources continues at an ever-growing pace, so do the industrial applications that utilize them. UV LEDs are being put to work in various industrial processes, medical applications, and disinfection solutions. Efficient utilization of the UV radiation requires good ... Read more »