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Soitec's LED tube significantly cuts energy costs

Posted: 31 Jan 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Soitec Lighting  LED tube  fluorescent tube  LED lighting 

Soitec Lighting has announced a T8 LED tube product line for the North American market. According to the company, the solid-state replacement products for fluorescent T8 tubes complements Soitec's existing European tube series.

With illuminating power above 110lm/W in neutral white (4,000 degrees K), resulting in energy savings of more than 60 percent compared to fluorescent tubes, Soitec's LED tube is an efficient LED lighting solution. In addition, it has a lifespan of 50,000 hours, more than four times longer than the fluorescent tubes that it is designed to replace. The long-life solution reduces maintenance costs and, together with its high energy efficiency, offers a return on investment (ROI) of less than two years in typical applications.

T8 LED tube

The LED tube family from Soitec features a diffuser to produce glare-free, high-quality light with a beam spread of either 120 or 170 degrees, depending upon the product configuration. The system has a color rendering index (CRI) in excess of 80 and is available in color temperatures of 3,000, 4,000 and 6,000 degrees K. The solution uses a standard G13 connection and is available in the standard lengths of 600mm, 1,200mm and 1,500mm, making it fully compatible with existing fluorescent tube holders. The tube's performance and physical design make it a desirable replacement solution for use in public places including underground garages, retail stores, warehouses, industrial sites, equipment rooms, offices, corridors and meeting rooms.

Soitec tubes contain neither mercury nor lead, and comply with all RoHS directives. They are UL/DLC certified for the U.S. market as well as CE certified and CEM compliant for Europe. DLC certification may qualify the product for an energy-saving subsidy program from utility companies in the U.S. or Canada.

In Europe, Soitec tube solutions helped to win a high-volume order from Paris Metro (the RATP). Installed throughout mass-transit stations in Paris since April 2013, Soitec's LED tubes are now running 24 hours per day and, according to RATP, reducing energy consumption by 67 percent. An additional installation in the Netherlands has seen the municipality of Arnhem selecting Soitec's LED tubes for lighting a public parking garage.

- Paul Buckley
  EE Times Europe

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