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Top firms unite to standardise LED engines

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Top manufacturers including Philips, Osram, Zumtobel, Trilux, Panasonic, Toshiba, Cooper, Schreder and Acuity Brands are to unite this month to agree standard specifications for the interfaces of LED engines.

The move is crucial if LED engines in luminaires are to be interchangeable in the same way as conventional lamps.

The companies are forming a new organisation – dubbed Zhaga – in an bid to prevent the fragmentation of the market into incompatible light engines. The Zhaga standards, as they are being called, will cover the physical dimensions, photometrics and electrical and thermal behaviour of LED light engines.

It’s hoped that Zhaga standards will give consumers confidence to specify and purchase LED products because they will know that the engine will be easily replaceable and commercially available. Also, the standardisation of standards should foster innovation and competition in the application of LED lighting in general.

Zhaga membership is open to all manufacturers across the industry including LED light engine makers, luminaire specialists, and suppliers of components such as heatsinks and optics.