Product Reviews

An exclusive look at the new Philips Technology range

Lux caught up with Michael Messenger and Jon Potter of Philips Technology to take a look at their newest innovations.

Simple, fast and wireless configuration

‘OEMs can alter the configuration at any time during manufacture,’ says Lux’s Alan Tulla

The new SimpleSet wireless programming technology is designed to let manufacturers wirelessly program Philips Xitanium LED drivers.

It means you can now configure your drivers without any cabled connections (mains power or configuration tools) to the driver, at any time during the manufacturing process.

Lux‘s Alan Tulla said: ‘What I like about SimpleSet is that OEMs can alter the configuration of the Xitanium ballast at any time during manufacture.

‘It’s not a problem if the customer changes their mind once assembly has started.’

As demand for LED products increases, so does the diversity of customers’ expectations and requirements.

Michael Messenger of Philips Technology says: ‘SimpleSet helps luminaire manufacturers overcome these challenges by meeting orders faster, while reducing costs and inventory, making the whole manufacturing process more efficient.’





CertaFlux LED Strip
Sometimes good can be great

‘These dedicated drivers should bring much needed reliability to high volume LED luminaires,’ says Lux’s Alan Tulla

Philips Technology has recently launched its ‘Certa’ value product range, including CertaFlux modules and CertaDrive drivers, offering basic lighting requirements as a cost-effective alternative to its well-known Fortimo and Xitanium families. ‘The CertaFlux 2ft 2200lm LED strip, compatible with their CertaDrive linear LED driver portfolio, is one of the latest additions to our cost-effective Certa portfolio – offering systems which are specially designed for volume applications,’ Jon Potter explains.

Lux’s Alan Tulla said: ‘With so many products of uncertain quality in the market, it’s good to see a company with the pedigree of Philips supplying a basic, value-engineered range of LED strip that you can rely on. The high volume market certainly deserves it.

The introduction of a nominal one-foot strip means that OEMs can now supply 3ft and 5ft luminaires. These are still quite common in older installations.’

On the new CertaDrive products, Tulla said: ‘The simplicity of these dedicated drivers should bring some much needed reliability to high volume, commodity type LED luminaires.’





CertaFlux LLS EaseSelect
Easy design-in and exchange

Today’s LED systems consist of either a driver and a light module, or a driver and module integrated together. Now, a new breed of product is entering the lighting market: driver-on-board.

Philips Technology plans for the next addition to its Certa family to be the CertaFlux LLS EaseSelect – a driver-on-board linear light module. The PCB includes a driver: mains power goes in, and light comes out.

No need to worry about selecting the right driver anymore, because the light engine and driver have been matched and are packaged up all in one.

CertaFlux LLS EaseSelect is designed for easy design-in and exchange, simple, fast and low-cost assembly, and low integral cost.

Michael Messenger explains: ‘By moving the driver to the bottom of the board, we’ve managed to place LEDs all the way to the sides, allowing uniform lines of light and minimising any shadow effect.’

Jon Potter added: ‘Planned for launch this summer, the linear EaseSelect introduction is the first of a planned driver-on-board product family, coming soon.’

Lux’s Alan Tulla said: ‘In effect, this is an LED strip to replace high volume four, five and six-foot T5 and T8 luminaires, where you don’t want the added complexity of a driver.’



Michael Messenger is design-in engineer at Philips Technology

Jon Potter is LED business development manager