New packaging system broadens array performance while reducing the cost of LED lighting Bridgelux, a developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technologies and solutions, today unveiled the Vero LED array, a new lighting platform that simplifies design integration and manufacturing and gives designers a more flexible LED lighting solution. The Vero next generation packaged array technology offers new advancements in design flexibility, ease of use, and energy efficiency today while also defining a platform for future opportunities to integrate smart sensors and wireless communication technology for smart building control systems and other innovative applications. Vero advancements revolve around three primary innovations: a new, higher flux density LED array, an increase in lumens per watt by up to 20% over existing Bridgelux LED arrays and a simplified assembly process that streamlines manufacturing and improves overall system reliability. Taken as a whole, the Vero platform will allow manufacturers to dramatically reduce electronic and optical component inventories while broad input current ranges allow designers to optimize products on efficiency, cost, and light output. Vero Platform Technical Details The Vero platform provides complete application coverage from four form factors, delivering the light output and color temperatures required for retail, hospitality, commercial, industrial, residential and outdoor lighting applications. In their official release, Bridgelux said the arrays will initially be available with performance ranging from 800 lumens in warm white (3000K) up to 20,000 lumens in cool white (5000K) with multiple CCT and CRI options, including the 97 CRI Decor product option. With significant advancements in luminaire design flexibility, the Vero product offers a light emitting surface (LES) area with higher flux densities than earlier Bridgelux array designs. The Vero LED array has been engineered to be driven reliably at much higher drive currents than previous offerings to further increase performance and reduce cost. These new features combine to allow luminaire designers to develop smaller, sleeker designs and to deliver narrow beam angles for spot and track applications facilitating high contrast ratio lighting designs. The Vero arrays are compatible with a wide variety of standard drivers and optical components, providing manufacturers with greater flexibility and more options than normal, shortening product development times, lowering inventory requirements and reducing costs. The new Vero array series will also provide luminaire manufactures enhanced interface and connection options. The electrical connection may be established via user friendly solder pads or by using a solderless on-board connector provided by Molex. The Vero platform is currently being evaluated by Bridgelux customers and will be broadly commercially available in the first quarter of 2013.