Orion™ LED Beam Forming Module – The miniature module with a powerful punch

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14 June 2017

Plessey’s unique ORION™ modules outshine the competition, offering exceptional centre-beam intensity, in a slim- line unit.

Every lighting application calls for different priorities. Sometimes it’s about the total light output, measured in lumens (lm). Sometimes it’s about colour rendering, measured in CRI. Sometimes it’s about energy efficiency, measured in lumens per watt.

But for a lot of applications, it’s all about luminous intensity, or “punch”: the intensity of the light at the centre of the beam, measured in candelas. A powerful punch is crucial for directional lighting applications where you require high brightness or contrast on an object, or need to light it from a long distance. Spotlights, industrial luminaires and architectural luminaires all need to pack a serious punch.

ORION™ LED modules are perfectly suited to these sorts of applications, thanks to our unique LED technology. We’re the only manufacturer that makes LEDs using gallium nitride (GaN) on a base of silicon (Si), rather than the usual sapphire. This unique capability gives us a number of advantages.

The small footprint and directional light emission of GaN-on-Si LEDs enabled us to create our revolutionary Stellar™ miniature optics, which feature Beam Forming technology at the individual chip level. ORION™ is the first product to harness the ground-breaking Stellar optical technology, achieving exceptional centre-beam candela power, without using bulky additional optics. For example, the 3,000-lumen ORION™ module boasts a centre-beam intensity of 7,200 candelas. That’s streets ahead of the best-in-class chip-on-board (COB) LED module, which can only manage 5,900 candelas albeit out of a 5,500 lumen package.

Thanks to the precise optical control, the ORION™ modules produce beautifully even beams, with no multiple shadows or colour inconsistency.

And at just 5.6mm thick, ORION™ modules are super-slim, and their excellent thermal performance mean heatsinks can be slimmer too. For example, by using ORION™, a 200 mm-deep high-bay luminaire can be replaced by one just 36 mm deep, including heatsink. ORION™ can be mounted behind a bezel or plate of any colour to conceal the unit, without suffering light losses.

It’s more cost-effective too: ORION™ modules work out at 0.97 ¢ per centre-beam candela, compared to 1.12 ¢ for a comparable COB product.

For product designers, ORION™ is a dream come true: a slimmer, more powerful, more precise and more affordable replacement for COB LEDs in applications that require a big candela punch.

Spotlights for retail applications can create drama and contrast, while consuming less energy. They can also be positioned at a greater distance from the items they need to illuminate. Outdoor architectural luminaires can be made lighter and more discreet, with more flexibility when it comes to where they are mounted, without suffering from light losses. Industrial luminaires can provide brighter light from greater heights. Applications such as in boats and kitchens where space is often limited, are also a big opportunity for ORION™.

The days of big, bulky fittings are over – ORION™ rewrites the rules of directional lighting products, proving you don’t have to be big to pack a punch.

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