Luminanz LED

There are both advantages and disadvantages to LEDs; Luminanz technology brings all the advantages and eliminates all of the disadvantages.

With the ever-increasing power and efficiency of white LEDs has come the potential to replace virtually all current forms of lighting. However, outstanding brightness comes at a price; if you take a quick glimpse at some of the latest LED devices, you will be dazzled (literally) by their brilliance, similar to looking directly at the Sun.

Dazzling, viewing discomfort and a persistent afterimage are unacceptable and an aversion to bright light is one of nature’s ways of letting you know that a source is too bright; our blink reflex has evolved as a protective measure for this very reason.

The truth is that no-one really knows just how hazardous today’s LED light sources are, partly because the specific mechanisms for retinal damage such as the blue light hazard remain unclear for LEDs; there is still plenty of analysis work that needs to be done. Fortunately, safety standards such as IEC 62471 have now been issued to help provide safety-based guidelines and to help us keep the risk of an eye injury as low as possible. A large number of today’s high bright LED devices and fixtures are not exempt from eye safety requirements, especially when operated at high drive currents.

The Luminanz innovations in solid state lighting products have all been designed with eye safety in mind by making sure you don’t get to see the LED source directly. It will always be obscured or hidden from view and the emitted light will always be diffused before it gets to your eye, by design.

This means that lights made using Luminanz technology are able to be used in the full range of applications indoors and outdoors and provide the required light levels efficiently. This is not something which can be claimed by other suppliers of LED lighting products today.

A conflict of interests by the major players

A further problem in the development of the non-Luminanz products is that many of the Patents for LED are held by the major lighting manufacturers (Philips, Osram etc.) who have heavily invested in conventional lighting, particularly recently compact fluorescent applications and so are not disposed to speed the introduction of this new technology until they have seen a return on earlier investments.

In the UK we have seen a Government initiative to reduce carbon emissions whereby domestic households are being supplied with Compact Fluorescent Lamps free of charge on the basis of energy saving; however these are not proving popular with typical comments in the media such as;

“We should be allowed to buy conventional light bulbs until technology has improved energy-saving light bulbs. It's ridiculous to expect us to embrace the rubbishy energy-saving bulbs which are currently on the market. They are dangerous and the light they give out is a joke”. Source Daily Mail On-line

Contrary to popular belief high quality, low energy and long life light bulbs are available now using the Luminanz technology.

National Physical Laboratory

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's National Measurement Institute and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available to man.
Testing of the Luminanz products has been undertaken at NPL and shown excellent results. Further comparative tests against conventional lighting will be undertaken shortly. This allows an independent source providing full data sets for each product – information that will prove crucial for future commercial activities.