TORRANCE, CA — September 30, 1997 — "LED light sources
and solar energy are technologies that were practically made for each other," says
Arthur Rudin, Manager, Industrial Marketing for Siemens Solar Industries
in Camarillo, CA. "LED lighting is very efficient, requiring minimal
power for the amount of illumination it provides. We believe the marriage
of solar and LED can be exceptionally effective for a wide and growing range
Rudin made the remarks in announcing a marketing partnership between Siemens
Solar Industries and LEDtronics®, Inc., one of the world’s leading
suppliers of LEDs and LED systems. Siemens Solar Industries, a company of
the German conglomerate Siemens, is far and away the market leader in solar
modules, with some 20% of the entire installed base worldwide. Under the
terms of the agreement, LEDtronics® will market LED products specifically
targeted for solar applications through the Siemens Solar network of qualified
distributors throughout North and South America.
In the initial phase of the program, LEDtronics® will be offering LED
products for small, rural lighting systems aimed at developing countries;
trailer-mounted traffic signals, including solar-power annunciators; and
lighting for emergency preparedness programs.
According to Pervaiz Lodhie, founder and president of LEDtronics®, tremendous
strides have been made in LED technology in the last two or three years.
New Indium Gallium and Gallium Nitride chip technology increases LED light
output by as much as 20 times over earlier generations, and allows the production
of daylight-visible LEDs in virtually any color of the spectrum. In addition
to red, yellow and amber/orange, which were the first available colors,
LEDs are now available in colors from leaf green to ultra blue. Even white
light, long thought to be a virtual impossibility, is now available as a
light emitting diode.
"What all this means," says Lodhie, "is that LEDs can play
a role in many, many more lighting situations."
As proof of his assertion, Lodhie demonstrates a series of LED arrays with
standard Edison bases that give off white light made from mixing the spectra
of red, green and blue LEDs. The light ranges from a soft area light intended
for security, to a surprisingly bright, focused beam for reading.
"Unlike the DC fluorescent lamps which these are intended to replace," Lodhie
says, "LED lamps are impervious to power fluctuations. They are also
substantially more efficient in terms of energy usage, and have a life span
of approximately 100,000 hours, or more than 11 years of continual use."
Those same qualities make LED lighting ideal for solar-powered traffic signal
applications including annunciators, amber caution lights, directional arrows
and stop lights. Because LEDs are dramatically more efficient than incandescent
lights, these bright, eye-catching signs and displays provide significantly
more light from a battery charge. In addition, LEDs have no fragile filament
to break when signs are trailered over rough terrain or exposed to extreme
"We see a great deal of potential for all parties in this marketing
arrangement," Siemens’ Arthur Rudin concludes. "We’re
proud to be working with a leading company like LEDtronics® and believe
the future for these complementary technologies is unlimited."
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at 1-800-579-4875, telephone 310-534-1505, fax at 310-534-1424,
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mail at LEDtronics Inc., 23105 Kashiwa Court, Torrance, CA 90505. Visit
our website at www.LEDtronics.com.