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Illuminating Connections


Device Connectors for the LED lighting industry


The UK LED lighting industry is experiencing unprecedented growth, driven by the demands for new and innovative LED applications. The LED is finding its way into a wide range of applications, and with many years of experience developing device connection technology, Phoenix Contact is at the forefront of this LED revolution. Our range of 6A miniature plug connectors with fast connection technology has been designed specifically for LED lighting applications.


Environmental concerns and high energy costs are helping to propel the LED into a wide range of applications ranging from


traffic lights on our streets, to television screens in our homes. In fact the LED is inventing products we did not realise we needed, such as the colour changing spotlight for example. LED products have become architecturally important in helping a space to look and feel as the designer intended. Mood lighting is no longer the preserve of fancy hotels, but a critical part of spaces we work and live in. Environmental pressures are propelling the LED into applications where energy consumption can be


dramatically reduced, resulting in enormous long term cost


savings for consumers, local authorities and industry. The growth in infrastructure and industrial applications for LED lighting is driving the growth in new and improved power and control systems. Applications such as traffic information displays, stadium lighting, retail and commercial lighting for instance, require fast and reliable device connectivity to reduce installation times and maintenance intervals.


The rapid growth seen today is not without its challenges; component quality and poor overall performance are two key areas of concern. Affordability and reliability are obvious issues given the higher replacement costs when compared with more traditional, but less efficient, filament solutions. Of course the benefits are also clear. Greatly reduced power consumption together


with less frequent maintenance intervals serve to offer better value over the longer term. In some cases, such as the vehicle industry, the LED products are expected to outlive the vehicle itself, and in doing so reduce maintenance costs for the consumer. Quality and reliability are therefore key market requirements given the higher initial cost and the need for the device to last many more hours than the product it replaced. Phoenix Contact is well placed to service this market when it comes to device connection technology. Phoenix Contact has a long history in designing and manufacturing device connection solutions aimed at specific market needs. Today we have an extensive range of products from terminal blocks to control and automation solutions. Phoenix Contact has a number of


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