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.
IDEAL will preview the Chip-Lok Jr. next week at the Light + Building trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, scheduled for March 30 to April 4, 2014. Light + Building is the world's largest trade fair for lighting and building products. IDEAL will exhibiting in L+B Stand 8.0, K86.
"LED lighting manufacturers are always looking for ways to decrease array installation time while increasing overall reliability and quality control," said Ben Swedberg, Business Unit Manager of IDEAL. "Our new Chip-Lok Jr. meets those requirements with its small footprint that fits virtually any size fixture and is configured to hold arrays from Cree, Citizen and most other leading manufacturers. It is another example of IDEAL helping OEMs drive down system cost, increase system reliability, and bring their designs faster to market."
Measuring only 35mm in diameter, the Chip-Lok Jr. occupies approximately 50 percent less area than the original. It stands 0.3mm in height above the array to allow unmatched access to LES for optics. Screw mounting holes at 25mm and 35mm spacing further enhance design flexibility. The size and mountings are consistent with Zhaga parameters, providing a means for OEMs to standardize on luminaire components and utilize COBs from different manufacturers.
The Chip-Lok Jr holder is fabricated from hardened stainless steel to prevent the "creep" to which
plastics are prone, assuring greater thermal pressure for the life of the luminaire. This metal frame also provides a thermal path so the array can run significantly cooler while offering superior structural strength when compared to arrays mounted using plastic holders. Because Chip-Lok Jr. array holders help lighting manufacturers reduce chip temperature, the OEM can benefit from extending array life or reducing the size of their heat sink.
ABOUT IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
Ideal Industries, Inc. has been serving the industry since 1916 as one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality connectors, tools and test equipment for professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and lighting industries. IDEAL has taken a lead role in helping OEMs with robust mechanical/electrical LED connection technology and has helped the industry by contributing heavily to the Zhaga specifications and also by assisting in the development of safety standards and electrical code changes needed to address LED technology.