Exciting time for lighting, says LED driver firm

This is an exciting time to be in the LED lighting market, according to LED driver module supplier Harvard Engineering.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in the lighting industry and we’re investing heavily to create in the research and development of our CoolLED drivers,” said Michael McDonnell, sales and marketing director at Harvard.

The company designs and manufactures its LED lighting drivers in West Yorkshire.

Harvard’s recently announced CoolLED Kompact and CoolLED 40W drivers are aimed at the professional lighting sector for powering high-brightness LEDs from a mains supply.

The fully-isolated SELV output Kompact Driver boasts all the features of Harvard’s standard CoolLED drivers with the added benefit of being in a compact footprint, which makes it ideal for installing in track mounted spotlights, while the CoolLED 40W driver comes with a 5V auxiliary fan output as standard.

This has fully-isolated SELV output delivering up to 40W of power and is compatible with all major LED modules including Xicato 2000 Lumen XSM and Osram PrevaLED, making it a suitable LED retrofit design for track mounted spotlights.

Earlier this year, Harvard Engineering won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, within the Innovation Category.

The Wakefield-based company won the award for its wireless street light management system, LeafNut, which is helping local councils around the UK cut energy usage and reduce carbon emissions.

The system allows local authorities to manage their street lights without having to controversially ‘switch off’. This became an issue with authorities deciding to switch off street lights due to expenditure cutbacks.

The system is used by councils trying to reduce their carbon footprint whilst ensuring there is adequate lighting on roads and public areas.

“Each individual street light can now, for the first time ever, be securely managed over the Internet with appropriate lighting levels set for specific times of day,” said the company.

“However, should lighting levels need to be increased, this can be done in an instant, through the use of the solution’s Central Management System (CMS), which remotely and pro-actively manages the output of each individual street light.”

In the last two years, Harvard’s employee numbers have doubled from 100 to over 200.


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