This week, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduced a new line-up of light emitting diode (LED) modules for use in flat LED lighting applications, which will become available later this month. The new product line, called the M-series, is made for troffers and linear luminaires — the ceiling fixtures that typically house fluorescent lighting and are often found in businesses and other commercial establishments.
Samsung showcased their M-series at the LIGHTFAIR International trade show, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from June 3rd through June 5th. The Samsung M-series, according to Bangwon Oh, senior vice president of the strategic marketing team for Samsung’s LED Business division, “offers tremendous convenience to LED lighting fixture makers with one of the most reliable and design-friendly feature-sets in the industry.”
Oh went on to explain that the M-series and future LED lighting by Samsung is intended to provide “greater differentiated value and [reduce] the time to market for LED lighting makers, while accelerating market innovations for LED lighting components.” These latest innovations result in greater flexibility for those designing light fixtures and allow for easier replacement of conventional fluorescent tubes or other LEDs.
The M-series features Samsung’s LM561B LED package, which has completed 6,000 hours of LM-80 testing, a method of testing the maintenance of luminosity in an LED light. The three modules within the series, the LT-M552A, M552B and M552C, all have the same dimensions: 18x550x6 mm, which simplifies the task of designing LED luminaires by providing greater compatibility.
LED lighting provides greater light efficacy in many settings, including commercial spaces and private residences. LED lights have a variety of benefits, from helping home and business owners save 60-80 percent on their lighting utility bills to creating a safer, more productive work space.
Research shows that poor lighting in an office space or other business can cause a variety of problems for workers, such as decreased productivity, low employee morale, and even tension or disharmony between workers. And in addition to being difficult and sometimes hazardous to dispose of, fluorescent lights don’t have the same bright output as LED lights.
LEDs are dissimilar to incandescent bulbs because they don’t have a filament that will burn out; this, combined with their relatively low operating temperature, helps them last longer than most bulbs, sometimes by as much as thousands of hours. Recently, LEDs have begun replacing the tubes that light up LCD HDTVs in order to create much thinner television sets, and they are in demand for an increasing number of commercial and residential light fixtures.