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Light Factory

ERCO LED technology

LED technology
Today, the architectural lighting branch is well on the way in its migration to LED technology. The focus is now on exploiting the full potential of state-of-the-art digital lighting technology in all areas of creative lighting – from shops to offices and administration buildings through to museums. ERCO has taken the lead in optoelectronics, by developing LED products in response to the lighting requirements of modern architectural, cultural and corporate projects. Our strengths in putting this technology to use for your benefit are outlined below.

LED modules
ERCO is known for its perfectionist approach to details: We source the best high-power LEDs available in the market from reputable manufacturers – specifying the highest standards of luminous efficacy, colour rendering and consistency, luminous flux and forward voltage. Using the same LEDs for all our products in a yearly LED upgrade cycle ensures that all ERCO luminaires can be combined with each other. Utmost attention is given to the LED PCBs as the basis for the characteristics of the relevant lighting tool. Based on state-of-the-art LED technology, ERCO develops and populates its PCBs in-house. This approach enables us to guarantee a consistently high quality in all product details.

ERCO LED technology

Projection replaces reflection

Conventional point light sources emit light in a solid angle of virtually 360°, whereas the inherent design of LEDs means their light is directed in a solid angle of <180°. The result is reduced losses due to spill light or light emitted towards the lampholder. Furthermore, the higher transmission efficiency of lenses compared to that of reflectors produces a higher light output ratio which results in the greater luminous flux from the luminaire. In practice it comes down to how much light arrives on the target surface.

ERCO LED technology

ERCO LED technology

LED lenses

Be it for downlights, spotlights or wallwashers: ERCO develops all its lenses in-house, guaranteeing maximum precision and efficiency for any application.

Long functional life: L90/B10
Lumen maintenance is a critical performance metric for luminaires and explains our focus on ensuring the best values for the LEDs in our products. ERCO therefore uses LEDs with the specification L90/B10 for a very consistent lifetime performance, supported by advanced thermal management in great lighting tools. This means that after 50,000 hours, effectively 90% of the LEDs or more still achieve 90% of their original luminous flux. As well as this impressive performance, the LEDs used at ERCO have an amazingly low failure rate of 0.1%, and even then, the luminaire remains fully operational. Our focus on the highest quality means that ERCO LEDs exceed the standard specification currently used in the market, offering the lowest possible maintenance requirements for the highest possible efficiency of our lighting tools.

LED lenses
As the quality and design of the lenses affects the performance of an LED luminaire significantly, we have invested considerably in superior lens systems. Be it shops, offices or exhibitions: ERCO has developed optimised lighting systems to meet the various different lighting requirements. This includes solutions such as the modular lens system with Spherolit technology and the cost-effective assimilated lens system as prime examples that perfectly illustrate the potential of LED technology. Understanding the effect of light distribution in a concept, we apply ourselves to providing the widest array of precise photometric options to support a differentiated lighting design.

Maximum precision: Projection replaces reflection
With the 100% migration to LED technology, ERCO has perfected the principle of light projection – in preference to conventional reflection. The LED as a compact point light source is ideal for projections with highly precise light distributions achieving a high light output ratio without spill light. The directed light of the LEDs is focused through special ERCO optical systems ensuring an optimum luminous efficacy and maximum precision in guiding the light only and exactly where it is needed. The brilliance and flexibility of the projected ERCO LED light open up a diversity of new options in the design of rooms and ensure that the light arrives on the target surface with no losses.

Thermal management
Thermal management is a key design factor in ensuring the longevity of LEDs and electronic components, and ultimately, in optimising the lumen maintenance of the luminaire. ERCO uses passive heat sinks that dissipate heat through convection, ensuring efficient and quiet operation. All our LED modules are designed to operate comfortably within their approved temperature range to achieve their rated life and output for the specified power, and that throughout their entire operational life. As a result, thermal management at ERCO contributes to implementing an effective and sustainable lighting concept.

Control gear
ERCO’s luminaires are always provided as a unit, with matched, pre-connected control gear for DALI and phase dimming. The control gear is precisely matched to the relevant LED module to ensure maximum efficiency of the LED over the specified number of operating hours with high luminous power. Every combination of luminaire and connected control gear is tested in-house so the user is ensured ideal operation and safety, including full compliance with EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) requirements. ERCO designs and manufactures the control gear for most of its indoor luminaires in-house. Using the constant current dimming method, with continuous dimming down to 1%, makes ERCO control gear particularly ideal for filming.