Despite the fact that LM-80 was created to inform customers of manufacturers’ testing results, many manufacturers don’t allow the public to access their LM-80 data or make accessing the data cumbersome. Sharing the data available online is one way to make it more accessible.
As part of its suite of online LED applications tools, Philips Lumileds now offers an LM-80 reporting tool that enables users to quickly and easily access LM-80 data for the majority of its LED components designed for general lighting. The tool offers customers the ability to generate a custom LM-80 report, tailored to their specific drive conditions. This can help a lamp or luminaire manufacturer streamline their development and qualification process. And because online content is much easier to update than a printed document, an online reporting tool enables manufacturers to keep their LM-80 material current.
Figure 2: To make LM-80 data more accessible and transparent for its customers, Philips Lumileds has created an online tool that allows customers generate LM-80 test reports based on criteria specific to their application. For higher resolution, click here.
In conclusion, to assuage consumers’ fears about LEDs’ long-term performance, manufacturers must make test data, like LM-80 results, available to the public and provide the data in a meaningful, easy-to-use format. Consumers must be reminded, however, that LM-80 is only one part of a larger puzzle. All pieces of the puzzle must be considered to make a fully informed judgment about the long-term performance of an LED-based product.
About the author:
Rudi Hechfellner is the director of applications at Philips Lumileds Lighting. After more than 16 years of developing innovations for technically advanced projects in the semiconductor industry, Hechfellner joined Philips Lumileds Lighting in 2005. Prior to joining Philips Lumileds Lighting he was an applications engineer for ASICs with focus on high-speed I/O interfaces. Hechfellner holds an Electronic Engineering degree from FH Augsburg, Germany.
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