LEDs: Solutions For Today & Tomorrow

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LED light technology is enabling designers to explore unique interior lighting concepts, given that the lighting controls can be used to control many aspects in an LED strip. The fact that LEDs also offer the most energy-efficient lighting solutions, and that their compact and small size enables their application in almost any inaccessible place, is making them the preferred choice over other lamp types.

By Seema Gupta

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Su-Kam: Sustainable solutions

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Su-Kam Power Systems Limited, a leading player in the power back-up solutions provider in India, has entered into a MoU with Fiem Industries Ltd. to offer innovative LED lighting products. The expanded product portfolio now covers a wide range of LED lighting products designed to meet the requirements of architects, interior designers, town planners, engineers, builders, contractors, etc. These include Flame Bulb, Blaze Bulb, Inverter Bulb, Rainbow Bulb, Candle Bulb, Deco Bulb, Blaze Money Saver Bulb, Filament Bulb, Blaze 3-in-1 Bulb, Retro T8 Tube Light, Square T8 Tube Light with Integrated Strip, etc.

Kartik Sachdev
Kartik Sachdev, Marketing Head- Solar, Su-Kam, said, "Under our strategic partnership with Fiem, which is a leading manufacturer of automotive lighting, signaling equipment, and LED lighting solutions, we will establish a 50:50 JVC called Su-Kam Fiem in India. While the JV will leverage Fiem's technical expertise in manufacturing, we will bring on board our vast network of sales for the purpose of selling and marketing LED lighting products, which will be manufactured by Fiem under the joint brand." Both the companies have agreed to synergize their existing capabilities to work jointly. The management of Fiem Industries envisages that this will be a strategic marketing venture as nationwide distribution network of Su-Kam will be available for its LED Lighting products.

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"Su-Kam is a household name in inverters, batteries, and power accessories, and is a leader in innovation technology and excellence. Fiem on the other hand, is a trailblazer in the OEM automotive lighting industry and also one of the leading manufacturers of automotive lighting, signal equipment, and LED Lighting products. Su-Kam and Fiem have joined hands to revolutionize the LED lighting industry. Each will bring to the table their own unique strengths to give to the consumer the best lighting solutions. With Su-Kam as a marketing genius and FIEM as a manufacturing partner, it's a win-win situation for the consumer. With two giants like Su-Kam and Fiem collaborating, the potential for growth is going to be mutual and can't be expressed in mere numbers or percentages," commented a Fiem spokesperson on the JV.

Added Sachdev, "Since inception, Su-Kam has been working towards offering sustainable and innovative energy solutions to its customers, and to this end, the company has tied-up with Fiem Industries to offer a wide range of LED lights in line with the Government's initiatives for Make in India products with a focus on raising consciousness about energy-efficient lighting amongst the consumers."

Su-Kam has been driving continuous innovations in technology and quality products in the power back-up and solar industry, and has a wide network of over 50,000 channel partners across the world. It has a presence in 70 countries and 30,000 dealerships across India.

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Headquartered in Gurgaon and with 6 manufacturing facilities certified under OHSAS – 18001, this ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified company leads the market with its product innovation, design sensibility, intelligent power back-up solutions, engineered to be energy-efficient and thus reduce the user's carbon footprint. It is the only power back-up company to be recognized for its R&D by the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi. The company is credited for filing the highest number of patents in the Industry with an average of 2 patents filed every month. The company has received several prestigious awards like Asia's Most Promising Brand 2013, Business Super brand 2008, Selected Super brand 2009, Power brand India 2010, and National Award for quality Product from Government of India, etc. Working further towards a cleaner, greener planet, Su-Kam is branching out towards eco-friendly inexhaustible energy solutions like solar power.

Anchor Electricals: Bridging the energy deficit

Anchor Electricals (a Panasonic Group company) is on an aggressive expansion plan for its Panasonic LEDs. It has recently extended its range to cater to the Hospitality, Industrial and Outdoor segments, and plans to add 415 new LED products. The company already has an established Trade and Commercial LED luminaires portfolio.

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Its latest Neue Archi range of specialty architectural luminaires has been designed keeping in mind the operating conditions in India. The range is equipped with advanced thermal management technology, specially designed transparent thermoplastic diffuser, robust housing, high UV and corrosion resistance properties. The company's Commercial and Hospitality luminaires have an operational life of 50,000 burning hours, high surge protection of 2.5KV, wide voltage operating range from 80-330V, robust housing, and energy-efficient electronic drivers. The Industrial luminaires have advanced ingress protection (IP protection), High Power Factor, and Surge Protection of 4KV that prevents luminaire failure in case of voltage surge.

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According to Dinesh Aggarwal, Joint Managing Director, Anchor Electricals, the Indian lighting industry is a Rs.16,000 crore market, and the current regulatory landscape has created a robust demand for LED lighting. "While the LED market is growing at 130% annually, we expect an overall growth of 115% of the lighting market. The industry is undergoing a huge transformation with support from the government and statutory bodies, with a wide basket of products for assorted spaces to the sophisticated movement detecting lighting systems. The announcement comes at the right time for us as we intend to be among the top three lighting brands in India and aim to achieve 5 percent market share by 2018. Our new range of Make for India products is addressing the needs of high-end as well as for mass lighting with focus on quality and pocket-friendly products across the entire socio-economic spectrum. All of these products will adhere to BIS standards while some will adhere to IEC standards as well," he said.

Yoshiyuki Kato (Director, Lighting), Anchor Electricals, added, "Being Japan's No 1. LED lighting brand and the third largest lighting company in the world, it is our responsibility to support the Indian government's initiative of smart cities. Lighting as a whole contributes to 18-20% of total power consumption of the country. To bridge this energy deficit, we have concentrated our efforts on offering innovative products for hospitality, commercial, landscape and industrial segments, enabling energy saving in large quantities. This new range of LED Luminaires is modeled and styled around aesthetic design and energy-efficient attributes. Panasonic LED is committed to introduce its advanced LED lighting products for the Indian spaces and intends to occupy its rightful place as one of the most favored brands for LED Lighting in India."

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Abdullah Lighting Systems: Bringing customized solutions

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Delhi-based Abdullah Lighting Systems (ALS) has expanded its range of LEDs as well as its market reach, having tapped newer markets like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, and Nagaland, in the past one year. Products include LED lamps for gardens, streets, commercial buildings, residential complexes, hotel industry, etc.

Muhammad Rafi
Md. Rafi, CEO, ALS, says, "In garden lights alone we have over 900 variants, and our latest brand, XperiaTM Lights, caters to both outdoor indoor lighting needs. Increasing application of LED-based lighting is driving growth. The solid state lighting technology has opened up numerous opportunities by enabling compact and customized lighting solutions, which were not possible with conventional lamps like the incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Further, government incentives by way of excise benefits to LED light manufacturers and LED-based solar lighting systems for street light applications, are also opening up the market for LED lighting solutions."

The company's assembling unit in IP Industrial Area, Delhi, is equipped with high-tech machines, cutting edge technology, latest design software and equipment. "All our products offer a 3-year warranty. We use LED chips from Osram and Edison Opto, and lenses from LED Link, while PCBs and drivers are sourced from Indian makers," informs Rafi.

Rafi warns against using cheap imports from China that are sold without any guarantee and do not last long, and also sourcing from small manufacturers who do not have a technical understanding of LEDs. "Heat management and use of the right electronics is important for optimum performance of LEDs. A poorly designed LED lighting product can lead to faster overheating, faster lumen depreciation, light discoloration, and a much shorter life of the lamp."

He informs that to its customers and that demand for customization has increased significantly given the flexibility of LEDs. "Until recently, LEDs were limited to single bulb use in applications such as instrument panels, electronics, pen lights, etc, and more recently as strings of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights. Now, manufacturers have expanded their application by using them for general purpose lighting such as downlights and as replacement for CFLs, T5/T8 ceiling lights, etc. LEDs are being encased in diffuser lenses which spread the light in wider beams. We get a lot of enquiries from hotels, residences, etc, for unique LED applications and architects and interior designers are constantly coming up with unusual lighting designs."

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Hafele: Lamps With a Purpose

Lighting solutions by Häfele take into account practical, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of lighting to ensure that the proposed concepts contribute to the unique and flexible room design – in residential, commercial, office and display settings as well as in hotels and recreational spaces. Its range houses a comprehensive range of LED fittings that can be fixed in diverse applications to provide unique and long-lasting benefits that include decorative lights to enhance furniture and design objects to ceiling downlights.

As Häfele moves towards catering a more customer centric market, and goes beyond mere technological advances, it aims towards customising and expanding its range to bring in flexibility, ease, and reliability, and has put together some contemporary lighting concepts that are tailor-made to suit specific requirements of individual projects and their users.

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With the acute space crunch faced currently, it has become necessary to use some rooms for multiple purposes. For e.g., a study room can double up as a mini theatre or the living room can be used as a lounge during a party celebration. These functions require varying amounts and brightness of lights. Häfele's LED Dimming System compatible with Häfele's Loox 12 V and 24 V drivers is designed for such requirements. Häfele's dimmer consists of four channels and enables the user to adjust the light levels of each channel individually, from nearly dark to fully lit using Häfele's wireless remote controller.

Häfele's new range of sleek ceiling downlights can set the home ambience to user's mood, and are cater to varying output needs from 5 to 30 watts, depending on the type of application and interior space. The downlights come with an in-built dimmable feature and the inherent benefits of LEDs such as durability, energy conservation, and no emissions of harmful UV radiation. The range includes anti-glare downlights, slim focused downlights, downlights with a slim edge for increased light output, light and durable downlights for residential projects, and recessed adjustable focused downlights with tilt able option.

Häfele's range of light fittings also includes an exclusive category of aluminium profiles to mount the LED strip Lights. These aluminium profiles are available in two installation options – recessed (straight and angled) and surface mounted, depending on the type of application (along a piece of furniture or bordering a false ceiling). Available in attractive finishes like milky white or frosted, these profiles are aesthetically pleasing yet functionally beneficial.

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Other products in Häfele range include Waterproof Flexible LED Strip Lights and Decorative LED Wall lights for application in balconies, terraces, gardens, and other exterior application; strip lights that are IP 68 protected, dust- proof and can withstand water immersion upto a depth of one meter, in colours like warm white (2700K and 3200K), cool white (6400 K), blue, and red. Häfele even houses a range of waterproof flexible LED strip lights in RGB with a choice of over 16 million colours.

Lighting pix: courtesy Hafele
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