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OptiLED® Light Pipes Channel SMT LED-Generated Light to Required Locations

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TORRANCE, CA — July 5, 2000 — In response to the increasing complexity of PCB (printed circuit board) assemblies and to the important role SMT (surface mount technology) LEDs (light emitting diodes) play in back lighting and panel-indication applications, LEDtronics announces the availability of OptiLED™ Light Pipes for SMT LEDs.

Positioned on top of a SurfLEDTM SMT LED, an OptiLED Light Pipe channels all of the LED-generated light to the exact location where the light is required, removing the need to affix an LED to the front panel or to use a through-hole PCB LED indicator. Designed to snap-in or to press-fit onto PCBs after soldering, OptiLED Light Pipes eliminate costly high-temperature resistant materials and expensive tooling. OptiLEDs are an ideal way to incorporate LEDs into applications such as network and telecom operation indicators, portable device back lighting, and handheld instrument illumination.

Made of UL90V-0 compliant polycarbonate that maximizes light transmission, LEDtronics OptiLED Light Pipes provide bright illumination and a 180º-viewing angle. OptiLED Light Pipes are flat-faced, and come in square, rectangular, round and flush-mount configurations. Standard lens sizes available are 3mm, 3mm x 5mm, and 2.8mm. OptiLED Light Pipes may be order as individual units or as arrays numbering from 2 to 25 in a row. They are available as single-level or as bi-level arrangements. OptiLEDs of different heights and lengths may be nested. OptiLED Light Pipes feature either one or two retention pins that snap into PCBs up to .125-inch thick. Standard OptiLED pipes are clear. Custom-sized and color-specific (milky white, red, green, yellow, etc.) OptiLEDs may be molded depending upon the client’s qualifications.

While it is expedient to mount LEDs directly to the PCB, it is not always possible to position them on the PCB in the ideal locations necessary for illumination. OptiLED Light Pipes provide a cost-effective manner for overcoming these geographic challenges. Incorporating OptiLED Light Pipes into product designs not only broadens creative and aesthetic options by simplifying the spatial relationship between the PCB and remote indicators/displays, but light pipes answer the underlying ultimatums for production and cost efficiencies. OptiLED Light Pipes do not interfere with inspection, rework, or touch-up. Additionally, OptiLED Light Pipes protect circuits from ESD (electrostatic discharge) and stop RFI (radio frequency interference) and EMI (electromagnetic interference) leaks.

Founded in 1983, LEDtronics® leads where others only follow when it comes to designing, manufacturing and packaging state-of-the-art LEDs to meet the world’s constantly changing lighting needs. Our inventive product line encompasses an array of direct incandescent lamp replacement Based LEDs, low-cost snap-in and relampable Panel Mount LEDs, high intensity sunlight-visible Discrete LEDs, PCB LEDs circuit board status indicators, surface mount diodes SMT LEDs, full-spectrum rainbow RGB LEDs and Infra-Red (IR) LEDs.

Depending on choice of configuration and color, prices for OptiLED Light Pipes range from $0.45 each - $3.50 in quantities of less than 100. OptiLED Light Pipes carry a three-year limited warranty. Samples are available for qualified customers. For a additional information on how to incorporate OptiLED Light Pipes into your designs, contact LEDtronics toll free at 1-800-579-4875, telephone 310-534-1505, fax at 310-534-1424, click here to email us or mail at LEDtronics Inc., 23105 Kashiwa Court, Torrance, CA 90505. Visit our website at

Ask for data sheet log #029D.

Read the datasheet on line at: OptiLED™ Light Pipes for SMT LEDs

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