Zhaga publishes Book 7 and Book 8 interface specifications for LED light engines
Two more interface specifications for LED light engines have been published by the Zhaga Consortium. Zhaga is an international organization that is enabling the interchangeability of LED light sources made by different manufacturers. The interface specifications, designated Book 7 and Book 8, can now be downloaded from the Zhaga website (see www.zhagastandard.org/specifications).
Book 7 covers a variety of rectangular and linear LED modules with separate electronic control gear that are intended primarily for use in indoor lighting applications. Book 8 describes a drum-shaped LED light engine (LLE) with integrated electronic control gear, used primarily for downlighting applications. Book 7 modules are typically mounted directly into a luminaire by means of screws, while Book 8 light engines can be inserted into a suitable socket inside the luminaire.
Luminaires built using interchangeable, Zhaga-based LED light sources enable manufacturers to switch from one supplier to another without changing the design of the luminaire. This can increase competition among suppliers, alleviate the risks of having a single source, and allow luminaire makers to take full advantage of light-engine performance enhancements.
Books 7 and 8 join Books 1, 2 and 3, which are already available for public use. The other approved Books are expected to be published shortly, and new specifications are in development. Zhaga interface specifications are made public as soon as each specification is stable and the certification procedure is fully established.
Zhaga member companies have already received certification for a range of products that were designed according to either Book 7 or Book 8, including LED modules and holders. The database of Zhaga-certified products can be found at: www.zhagastandard.org/products/certified-products.html.
Zhaga interface specification Book 7 defines the interfaces of a variety of LLEs comprised of non-socketable LED modules with separate electronic control gear. Such LLEs are intended primarily for use in indoor lighting applications.
Book 7 covers several rectangular LED modules with different dimensions. One indoor luminaire may contain one or more of these modules, together with one control gear (also commonly known as an LED driver).
The rectangular LED modules described in Book 7 have the following dimensions: L28W2 (maximum length 280 mm x maximum width 24 mm; L28W4 (281 x 41 mm); L28W6 (281 x 61 mm); L56W4 (561 x 41 mm); and L6W6 (60 x 60 mm). Within these dimensions, different configurations of LEDs are possible. The only restriction to the light-emitting surface (LES) is that no light is emitted in the direction of the reference plane of the LED module.
The modules are typically mounted directly into the luminaire by means of screws. Unlike some other Zhaga LLEs, where the light engine can be inserted into a socket and fixed without the use of tools, the Book 7 LLEs are intended to be replaced by qualified personnel only.
Zhaga Book 8 defines the interfaces of a socketable LLE with integrated control gear. The LLE has a round drum shape with maximum dimensions of 95 mm diameter and 45 mm height. It has an LES with a width in the range of 59 mm to 71 mm. Book 8 is similar to Book 2, except that the LLEs described in Book 8 have larger dimensions.
The Book 8 LLE has a PHJ85d-type base with a diameter of 85 mm. The light engine is designed to be locked into a holder inside a luminaire by means of a twisting motion. Mechanical fit keying is present to ensure that the luminaire provides the correct mains voltage to the LLE.
The light output from the LLE is essentially lambertian, which enables the luminaire optics to shape the light distribution to the needs of the application. The light engine is intended primarily (but not exclusively) for use in LED luminaires for downlighting applications.
The Zhaga Consortium develops interface specifications that enable the interchange of LED light engines manufactured by different companies. Zhaga is a global cooperation, with members that include luminaire makers, lamp manufacturers, LED module makers, and companies that supply components and materials to the lighting industry.
Zhaga’s approach is to specify the interfaces between LED light engines and LED luminaires. Each Book defines the interfaces – mechanical, thermal, photometric, electrical and control – for different categories of LED light engine. Using Zhaga specifications, a luminaire maker can use LED light engines from different suppliers without having to change the design of the luminaire.
Tim Whitaker, marketing communications, Zhaga Consortium +44-(0)7825-216-329