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Consortium releases interface specs for LED light engines

19 Nov 2013  | Paul Buckley

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Zhaga Consortium has released two more interface specifications for LED light engines. Book 7 covers various rectangular and linear LED modules with separate electronic control gear that are intended for use in indoor lighting applications. Book 8 describes a drum-shaped LED light engine (LLE) with integrated electronic control gear, used for downlighting applications. Books 7 and 8 are additions to Books 1, 2, and 3, which are already available to the public.

Book 7 modules are typically mounted directly into a luminaire by means of screws, while Book 8 light engines can be inserted into a suitable socket inside the luminaire.

Luminaires built using interchangeable, Zhaga-based LED light sources enable manufacturers to switch from one supplier to another without changing the design of the luminaire. This can increase competition among suppliers, alleviate the risks of having a single source, and allow luminaire makers to take full advantage of light-engine performance enhancements. The other approved Books are expected to be published shortly, and new specifications are in development. Zhaga interface specifications are made public as soon as each specification is stable and the certification procedure is fully established.

Zhaga member companies have already received certification for a range of products that were designed according to either Book 7 or Book 8, including LED modules and holders.

.Zhaga interface specification Book 7 defines the interfaces of a variety of LLEs comprised of non-socketable LED modules with separate electronic control gear. Such LLEs are intended primarily for use in indoor lighting applications.

Book 7 covers several rectangular LED modules with different dimensions. One indoor luminaire may contain one or more of these modules, together with one control gear (also commonly known as an LED driver).

The rectangular LED modules described in Book 7 have the following dimensions: L28W2 (maximum length 280 mm x maximum width 24 mm; L28W4 (281 x 41 mm); L28W6 (281 x 61 mm); L56W4 (561 x 41 mm); and L6W6 (60 x 60 mm). Within these dimensions, different configurations of LEDs are possible. The only restriction to the light-emitting surface (LES) is that no light is emitted in the direction of the reference plane of the LED module.

The modules are typically mounted directly into the luminaire by means of screws. Unlike some other Zhaga LLEs, where the light engine can be inserted into a socket and fixed without the use of tools, the Book 7 LLEs are intended to be replaced by qualified personnel only.

Zhaga Book 8 defines the interfaces of a socketable LLE with integrated control gear. The LLE has a round drum shape with maximum dimensions of 95 mm diameter and 45 mm height. It has an LES with a width in the range of 59 mm to 71 mm. Book 8 is similar to Book 2, except that the LLEs described in Book 8 have larger dimensions. The Book 8 LLE has a PHJ 85d—type base with a diameter of 85 mm.

The light engine is designed to be locked into a holder inside a luminaire by means of a twisting motion. Mechanical fit keying is present to ensure that the luminaire provides the correct mains voltage to the LLE.

The light output from the LLE is essentially lambertian, which enables the luminaire optics to shape the light distribution to the needs of the application. The light engine is intended primarily (but not exclusively) for use in LED luminaires for downlighting applications.

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