Definition of LED luminaire
The combination of a module or a light engine with control gear to form a lighting system is described by the term LED luminaire. The luminaire also defines the optical system in conjunction with the light source and functions simultaneously as a heat sink, if required.
Advantage of LED luminaires over luminaires from other lighting technologies
Thanks to LED technology, completely new, unusual luminaire designs can be provided, with great flexibility in terms of shape and size. In addition, LED luminaires stand out for their exceptional efficiency and very long operating life.
The specified interfaces of the OSRAM light engines now make it possible, with LED luminaires, to easily replace the light source and this enables the latest LED generation to be used. Depending on the application, the luminaire’s degree of efficiency may also be optimized, in contrast to conventional technologies.
Integration steps for an LED luminaire
All the components used in the luminaire are optimally matched in terms of their engineering, optics, thermal properties, control and power supply – for outdoor use for example: The luminaire must fulfill a certain degree of protection (IPxx). For indoor use, on the other hand, a downlight luminaire must be designed in such a way that it can be installed with suitable heat extraction in a false ceiling.
Various types of LED luminaires
LED luminaires are obtainable in a large number of types, including designs for the widest possible variety of purposes. Precisely because of the LED-specific advantages, a large number of special luminaires is also possible and they can be incorporated seamlessly and creatively in special lighting system solutions, unlike luminaires from the conventional lighting technologies.