Making better LEDs

The LED industry may well have its share of mad scientists. But most people working on solid-state lighting solutions have a simple aim: to produce better LEDs. And the last few years have seen LED scientists make one breakthrough after another.

Now the LED scientists set targets. They wanted new LEDs to have at least twice as much light output than before, and to have a stable amber colour. They also needed them to be:

  • Cheaper to make
  • Longer lasting
  • Smaller

These were ambitious goals. Nonetheless, the LED boffins set to work.

LED development

At this point, matters became complex. The scientists brought a lot of technology to bear on the  LEDs project. This included phosphor conversion, computer simulation of colour structures, and electrical performance tests.

Finished LED product

Nonetheless, the scientists prevailed. The new  LEDs met the targets. The next step was to ensure compliance with government and industry regulations.

LED compliance

LEDs must meet the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. This limits the use of six hazardous materials during the manufacturing process of electrical and electronic equipment. This meant the amber LEDs had to have lead-free reflow solder.

The LEDs complied with every regulation. They are now in use throughout a number of industries, and provide long-lasting, consistent, cheap-to-run light.



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