RS launches new solid-state lighting range from Way Forward Technologies

Jan. 13, 2010
Date Announced: 13 Jan 2010 -- Linear & circular LED power arrays exclusive to RS, available direct-from-stockCorby, UK -– RS Components, the leading distributor of electronic, electro-mechanical and industrial products, today announced the launch of 26 new solid-state lighting products from Way Forward Technologies. Way Forward is the UK market-leader in the back-lighting of outdoor advertising panels using ultra-efficient LED arrays, and has appointed RS as its exclusive global distributor, with the range available globally through all RS operating companies.The Way Forward range includes linear and circular LED arrays with integral drivers as modules or complete ready-to-use units. The flexibility offered enables designers or installers to realise LED based lighting for their own needs. The range has simple fixing and connection methods, so users can benefit quickly from high light output with low power consumption and long life. Simon Whittle, founding director of Way Forward Technologies, said: “We are delighted to be working exclusively with RS Components in the offering of our products to a potentially huge number of customers and we are confident that the thought and care that has gone into our arrays will make them easy for designers and engineers to incorporate into their own designs.”For RS, Paul Webster, Head of Product Management - Electronics, stated: “RS are pleased to be able to bring Way Forward Technologies into our offer. We are committed to providing electronics design engineers with leading-edge optoelectronics products that can increase energy-efficient solutions in new designs. Our worldwide reach and high service levels will enable Way Forward to expand their presence, and support design engineers across the globe.”The full Way Forward Technologies range available from RS can be found online at, where customers can link straight into the product range and supporting technical information, then select and order direct-from-stock.About RS ComponentsRS Components is a catalogue and web-based distributor of Electronic, Electrical, Electromechanical and Industrial Components. Founded in 1937, RS is part of the holding company Electrocomponents plc, a global business serving nearly 1.6 million customers in over 80 countries worldwide. Through operations in 27 countries and 16 warehouses, RS distributes 450,000 products from over 2,500 suppliers. Since it began, RS has had the simple objective of providing a part for every job, from research and development through pre-production to maintenance and repair. As those jobs have diversified and become even more complex, RS has developed its offering and services accordingly. New technology also plays an important part. When RS launched, it was the first UK plc in its marketplace with a fully integrated transactional web site. Operating in every market, its e-Commerce capabilities now see over 50% of sales achieved via the Internet.Based in Corby, Northamptonshire, RS employs around 2000 employees nationwide.For more information please visit About Way Forward TechnologiesWay Forward Technologies design and manufacture a wide range of highly efficient LED arrays and lights. Our products are of modern design using the latest technology; they are robustly constructed and can in many cases reduce users’ energy consumption by 80%. Our head office in the UK is in Great Dunmow, just a few miles from London Stansted Airport, here we handle sales, administration, quality control, assembly and distribution. Our electronic component factory is based in Pennsylvania in the United States and production is overseen by our electrical design engineer. Both our facilities are ISO 9001 compliant.For more details, go to

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