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Lighting for Harsh Environments

Custom Project for Harsh Environments

Overcoming Unique Challenges

Lighting for Harsh EnvironmentsLED lighting for harsh environments introduces some unique challenges – robust components, optimized thermals, and a lot of experience are required. In the case of food processing plants, this is almost certainly the case. In 2015, with the relationship continuing today, Opulent Americas was hired by a lighting manufacturer that specializes in extreme environments to design and engineer components to stand up to high ambient temperatures, moisture and potentially chemicals.

The Opulent team began working with this manufacturer after their product team had been researching L2 boards and heat sinks to work within the final fixture. Finding the right fit proved to be difficult. An off-the-shelf solution was not compatible with what was necessary to get the job done and requests for custom solutions were not met with enthusiasm. According to the Product Manager, “most companies were fairly slow to respond to our custom requests and sometimes their engineering/math just didn’t add up. The Opulent team took the time to really listen and understand our needs. They provided personal service, the customization we needed, and with a speed of delivery and responsiveness normally not found in our industry.”

For this particular project, the Opulent team quickly redesigned an off-the-shelf board, recommended a new LED and optimized the thermal solution. Prototypes using Cree LEDs with Opulent heat sinks and boards were built in their North Carolina based lab. The engineering team was able to seamlessly create a product to support the harsh environment high bay project.

The Opulent Americas team works to turn the complex into a real solution. In this case, it took listening to the customer, working through temperature requirements, and minimizing cost to create the optimal fixture.

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