Plessey has announced that its multi-award winning Orion beam-forming module has received ‘Best New Component’ award in the Components and Light Sources category of the 2017 Architectural SSL Product Innovation Awards (PIAs).
Organised by Architectural SSL, a North American trade magazine for architects, lighting designers and specifiers, the PIAs recognise innovations in solid-state lighting fixtures and components embracing design, manufacturing and installation.
Plessey’s Orion LED modules were launched in September 2016 and targeted at directional lighting applications such as retail, track and architectural lighting. Integrating the company’s GaN-on-Si LEDs and optics into a tiny module, Orion delivers over 3,000 lumens from a unit 5.6mm thick – with no secondary optics needed. According to Plessey, Orion can reduce the cost of a typical downlight by more than half.
The PIA judging panel consists of professionals working in lighting design and manufacturing along with industry analysts. The judges were impressed with Orion’s compact form and thermal performance which means heatsinks can be slimmer.
Jim Crockett, editorial director of Architectural SSL and chair of the PIA judging panel, explained: “Now seven years into conducting the PIA program, a definitive trend jumps out: We’ve noticed a definitive maturation – even specialisation – of the products being submitted. This is very encouraging and is reflected by the quality of products we reviewed.”
Giuliano Cassataro, Plessey’s LEDs sales director, commented: “It is a great honour to have been awarded Best New Component in the PIAs. By incorporating Orion, a 200mm-deep industrial luminaire can be replaced by one just 36 mm deep. Designers can do away with the bulky secondary optics and heatsinks that have long characterised LED spotlights, downlights and high bays.”