Plessey wins ‘Modular LED Light Engine’ category at LEDs Magazine’s Sapphire Awards 2017

3 March 2017

Plessey, a leading developer of award-winning LED technologies and manufacturer of solid state lighting products, announced today that it has won the prestigious Sapphire Award for ‘Modular LED Light Engine’ for its Orion™ LED Beam Forming module. The annual Sapphire Awards gala, in association with LEDs Magazine, was held at the Strategies in Light and The LED Show 2017 at the City National Grove of Anaheim, California held on 1 March. The Sapphire Awards focus on the LED based solid-state lighting (SSL) market from an enabling-technology and elegance-of-design perspective to recognise true technology stars.

The successful win of ‘Modular LED Light Engine’ comes as Plessey extended its range of ultra-slim Orion™ LED modules based on its Stellar™ beam forming technology at Europe’s biggest annual lighting event, LuxLive in November 2016, with new beam angles opening the technology to a wider range of applications in industrial and architectural lighting design.

Keith Strickland, Plessey’s Chief Technology Officer, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have won the award for the category ‘Modular LED Light Engine’ in the prestigious Sapphire Awards ceremony. Plessey now offers Orion™ modules in a range of formats offering designers greater design freedom. The Orion™ family with Stellar™ beam forming technology provides an innovative approach to directional lighting applications opening new opportunities for creativity in industrial and architectural design.

Giuliano Cassataro, Plessey’s LED Sales Director said:

“Plessey is bringing change to available standard lighting solutions with the Orion™ LED Beam Forming Modules that deliver a compact 3000 lumen beam from a tiny module which can be as little as 5.6mm thick, less than one-tenth the thickness of standard alternatives. The recently launched PLWS3000 25° FWHM beam angle module has now been joined by modules with 15° and 50° beam angles. All modules in the family share a common 82mm diameter, allowing lighting designers to simply and easily substitute modules to create a family of compact luminaires suitable for a wide range of lighting applications. With its slim line form, range of colour temperatures and improved thermal characteristics, Orion™ modules are designed to be used in a variety of directional lighting applications such as retail, track and architectural. Winning the prestigious Sapphire Awards and being recognised for our contribution is the sector of SSL from an enabling technology perspective, clearly demonstrates that we are bringing valuable product solutions to the lighting industry.”

Through integrating latest LED technology in conjunction with its Stellar™ beam forming technology to provide an efficient, slim line module, Plessey provides customers with a new design freedom not accessible with alternative COB style modules. The outstanding thermal characteristics allow the heat sink and hence the overall luminaire to be reduced in size. The Orion™ family of modules is offered in three colour temperatures: warm white, neutral white and cool white. The modules have a luminous efficiency of over 100 lumens/Watt, feature an improved light uniformity and excellent thermal performance.

The full range of Orion™ modules is featured on the new Plessey website: The site provides full details of Plessey lighting solutions for architectural, commercial, industrial, outdoor and residential applications. These include Stellar™ Orion™ and Custom modules, LED modules and light engines as well as Plessey low, medium and high power LEDs. Plessey grow lighting for horticultural applications is also featured on the site.

About Plessey

Plessey is a leading expert in the manufacture of semiconductor products used in sensing, measurement and controls applications, and is now at the forefront of the solid state lighting revolution. Its MaGIC™ (Manufactured on GaN-on-Si I/C) LED technology has won numerous awards for its innovation and ability to cut the cost of LED lighting by using standard silicon manufacturing techniques. By using its understanding of electronics and expertise in micro-electronic product design and manufacture, Plessey is radically enhancing the human experience with micro-electronics solutions such that people achieve more than they thought possible.

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