Lynk Lab excites crowd with AC LED and packaging innovations

Lynk Labs drew big crowds to its booth at LEDs 2006 with its SnapBrite AC LED modules and its ThermaLynk packaging technology.

Nov 3rd, 2006
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SnapBrite modules
Lynk Labs generated considerable interest at the LEDs 2006 conference (San Diego, CA, October 16-18, see article) with the introduction of two new LED lighting related innovations. The company, based in Elgin, IL, released its SnapBrite AC LED module product series and also unveiled ThermaLynk, an advanced LED packaging technology.

The SnapBriteTM product series are true "plug-n-play" AC LED modules that can be designed to integrate into any AC voltage infrastructure. Previous versions, announced earlier this year (see news item), use dense arrays of Piranha LEDs to create linear fixtures suitable as fluorescent replacements.

Lynk Labs has now introduced SnapBrite products based on the SB-6500 module, which has on-board drivers for 12-120VAC and delivers up to 70 lumens per watt (based on colour temperature) using an AC LED version of Citizen Electronics’ new Orion LED.

SB-6500 module

The modules have been placed over 100 feet from a 12VAC power supply and experience less than 5% loss in light output.

SnapBrite is available in up to 18-inch linear or cross-connect module lengths that can be literally snapped-off or cut down to any size in 1.5-inch increments (the size of the SB-6500 module) with no effect or changes needed on the electronics or power supply. This is the first of a planned series of SnapBrite products.

Lynk Labs says that SnapBrite eliminates the need for multiple design, engineering and assembly steps typically required to take LEDs to the product or system level.

ThermaLynk

Lynk also generated a strong response to its first-level demonstrations of the company’s new ThermaLynkTM technology, a patent-pending advanced LED packaging method that is suitable for all LED devices.

This unique LED device packaging approach utilizes Cool Polymers, Inc’s polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) advanced materials in unique ways that can be applied down to the LED package itself. PPS offers various properties including a similar heat transfer capability to aluminum.

SB-6500 on ThermaLynk carrier
As a first step, at the show Lynk Labs demonstrated on of its SB-6500 modules on a thermoplastic carrier (see photo).

Lynk believes this can open the pathway to what it calls "Chip On Luminaire" or "COL" TM technology, in which the LED chips could be mounted directly onto the lighting fixture that is molded from the PPS material.

Lynk estimates cost reductions of more than 20% in the materials and manufacturing steps using COL LEDs and LED lamps. Further, a reduction in weight of up to 50% can be expected for the final system when compared to present product offerings.

“We are very pleased with the interest and response to this new technology and are in discussions with several companies to license the technology for various applications, including discrete LEDs,” said Stewart Hough, VP of business development at Lynk Labs.

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