Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Seoul Semiconductor LEDs used in ground-breaking lighting field test

KOREA: Seoul Semiconductor LEDs are helping illuminate the future of energy-efficient homes.

The company’s Acriche A3 AC LED is featured in solid state lighting installed throughout an energy-saving home at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories’ ZEBRAlliance project. Molex Inc. produced the modules, which were designed by Lumenique.

ZEBRAlliance – the Zero Energy Building Research Alliance -- is a collaborative effort among Schaad LLC, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Department of Energy and the Oak Ridge Labs to field-test two pairs of energy saving residences.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of the project is Monday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the project site in the Wolf Creek Subdivision, 102 Cross Pointe Lane, Oak Ridge, TN.

ZEBRAlliance aims to spotlight energy conservation efforts that can reduce the load on the existing electrical grid and curb dependence on non-renewable energy sources. Energy use, lighting quality and maintenance requirements will be monitored for two years.

Data from the house outfitted with Seoul Semiconductor’s Acriche LEDs will be compared against that of a house using compact fluorescent lights, and the results will help buildings, lighting designers and homeowners make energy-saving lighting decisions.

Since Seoul Semiconductor’s unique Acriche LEDs do not use electronics to convert AC line voltage into DC, as do most other solid state lighting devices, they are a more energy- and cost-efficient lighting product than other LED options.

LEDs outlast conventional light bulbs – providing more than five times the light for each watt consumed when compared with a typical incandescent light for an energy savings of 75 percent to 80 percent. In addition, the color qualities of LEDs are more exact than those of traditional bulbs.

“Seoul Semiconductor is proud to support ZEBRAlliance’s effort to boost the energy efficiency of residential lighting through our working partner, Molex,” Doug Hardman, Seoul Semiconductor’s North American strategic marketing director, said. “This project will help raise awareness about LEDs and their ability to provide energy-saving, cost-efficient, and longer lasting lighting solutions than homeowners currently use.”

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