Intelligent LED collaboration bears fruit for Martin with MAC 350 Entour

March 23, 2010
Date Announced: 23 Mar 2010 -- Martin leading new revolution in LED research. Setting new standards in LED power and energy efficiencyMartin Professional A/S is ready with the first result of a research collaboration with Aalborg University’s Institute for Nano-Physics and Institute for Energy Technology. The project, a cooperation between Martin Professional, Aalborg University (Denmark), and the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, is called INLED (Intelligent Light Emitting Diodes) and stems from a technology grant awarded to Martin and Aalborg University two years ago by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation (Højteknologifonden).MAC 350 EntourThe first result of the INLED project is the new MAC 350 Entour™, the most powerful and energy-efficient profile LED-based fixture the market has seen. In recent years, the intelligent lighting industry has seen a wide range of LED wash lights, but still has not seen a serious bid for an LED profile fixture for professional use. With the MAC 350 Entour, that has now changed. A newly developed light engine based on seven high-power diodes gives the MAC 350 Entour a total light output of nearly 8000 lumens – more than four times more than its nearest competitor. Add to that all the advantages that LED provides like superior electronic dimming and strobe effects, flicker-free operation, no re-strike delay, no mercury and long life service intervals.Putting theory into practiceThe initial outcome of the research collaboration is a new, highly efficient LED light source aimed at replacing existing light sources that typically have a much shorter lifespan, contain mercury and consume more energy. The aim of the research is to develop a technological platform for lighting products that allows for higher efficiency, improvements in color mixing and minimal energy loss. The project has a three-year timeframe and a budget of approximately 4 million EUR of which 50% is funding from the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. After two years, the project is now putting theory into practice. One means to achieve higher efficiency, by calculating and applying nano antireflection surfaces to optical components, has now been successfully done in laboratory tests. Another area of significant progress is in ray-trace optimization software, which makes it possible to obtain parameters useful in designing and optimizing asymmetric optical components. To date, the project has resulted in six patent applications. Martin ProfessionalFounded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs, and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces through dynamic light. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries.

Larry Beck at Martin Professional Telephone: +1 719 686 0793 Fax: +45 87 40 00 10 (DK) / +1 954 858 1811 (US)

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