Eyes on the prize

Our pick of the hottest lamp and gear developments this month…


The LED 6W GLS lamp from Technical Consumer Products (TCP) has been awarded the Energy Saving Trust’s stamp of approval – it has become the first 6W GLS LED lamp to carry the Energy Saving Trust ‘Recommended’ logo for its energy e ciency and quality. The lamp performs like a standard incandescent lamp but uses 85 per cent less energy – with instant switch on. The lamp uses the company’s bLEnD technology so the LED produces the same warm white light as an incandescent and has excellent colour rendering.

Verbatim – energy-friendly LED family

Verbatim’s family of LED lamps has been extended. The lamps have typical operating lives of 25,000 hours. LED PAR30 12W and LED PAR38 17.7W lamps are E27 retro t alternatives to conventional 75 and 100W PAR lamps. A Classic A lamp with E27  tting is rated at 9W with 440 lumens luminous  ux. It is designed to replace 40W incandescent bulbs. Two new 12V (AC or DC) lamps are available with a narrow 25-degree beam angle for object lighting and accent lighting. All of these lamps are warm white, 2700K, with a minimum CRI of 80.

Xicato – XSM Artist Series

The XSM Artist Series, which incorporates Xicato’s patented corrected cold phosphor technology, has expanded to include a 1,000-lumen module. The company says its colour quality is on a par with halogen and colour point consistency is within 1 x 2 MacAdam ellipses. The XSM Artist 1000 is rated at 22.1W (700mA). Ef cacy is 45 lumens per watt.

The XSM95XX-1000-B family of products is available in 2700, 3000, and 4000K. Xicato’s Artist Series 700 lumen module ef cacy has increased 45 per cent to 48 lumens per watt. The 700 lumen Artist Series module is optically, mechanically and thermally backward compatible with the previous version.

Verbatim A-style LEDs

Verbatim has become one of the first major brands to o er Classic A style LED lamps in a bayonet cap base. To date, most LED lamp manufacturers have only introduced products with screw fittings to address the larger continental European market. There are two B22 lamps, a 6.5W model designed to replace 25W incandescent light bulbs and an 10W version for replacing 40W bulbs. Both offer a warm white light with colour temperatures of 2700K and 3000K respectively. They are dimmable using standard dimmers and have a colour rendering index (CRI) of 80. An 8W version will be announced later this year. The company says the lamps o er 75 per cent energy savings over traditional incandescents and have a service life of 35,000 hours.

eldoLed – 100W LED drivers

All the 100W LED drivers in eldoLED’s range are now UL-certified for the US and Canadian market. The constant current versions have been rated UL Class 2 for the US and non-Class 2 for Canada.

The constant voltage version has been rated UL Class 2 for both countries. Each 100W driver is equipped with four LED outputs and is capable of smooth,  icker-free dimming to extremely low levels (0.1 per cent). Drivers have multiple dimming curves – gamma-corrected or linear curve. All are compatible with several dimming protocols and input voltage ranges (120-277V AC).

Philips – MasterLED

Philips has won the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) in the 60W replacement lamp category. The US Department of Energy’s challenged lamps. MasterLED had to have a useful lifetime of more than 25,000 hours, compared with 1,000 to 3,000 hours for the products it intends to replace. Philips will receive a $10 million cash prize plus partner promotions and incentives. It’s a double celebration too – as the MasterLED has been shortlisted in the Controls and Light Sources Category of the Lux Awards, in association with Havells Sylvania.

Retrofit reproductions

LED lamps continue to mimic the sources they replace

Award for Philips LED

Philips has been given an award for its 12W LED bulb, a replacement for the 60 W incandescent bulb which was banned last month.