19 Sep '12, 2pm

How to choose the right connector type and construction material in lighting applications:

How to choose the right connector type and construction material in lighting applications:

LED lighting has lit up the electronics industry in terms of growth: In 2011, the market for lamps and luminaires based on LEDs grew by 69% to $9.4 billion, according to research firm Strategies Unlimited. Expectations show an expansion rate of 20% annually from 2011 to 2016, with the commercial and industrial lighting sector leading the charge. This growth trend encompasses more than just the range of light sources. It also means dramatic changes in the nature of the supporting electronics, particularly connectors. They’re required to combine a number of LEDs into an integrated emitter or module, and interface the resulting light source with power and control signals from the outside world. Though historically known to be electronically simple, lighting applications are, by virtue of their ubiquity, extremely diverse. This means that the components involved often must fit...

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