IKEA invests in Scotland-based printable LED light firm

curved-tileIKEA is investing in Design LED Products, the Scotland-based printable LED lighting firm.

IKEA will switch its entire lighting range to the technology by September 2015.

The investment by IKEA GreenTech is intended to support Design LED’s development of products that can be used in lighting designs for the home.

Based in Livingston near Edinburgh, Design LED creates “light tiles” which are LEDs embedded into clear resins and films. The tiles are designed to be thin, flexible and low cost.

“This technology opens up fantastic possibilities for innovative designs using energy efficient LEDs. The partnership is a clear strategic fit for IKEA and our goal to make living sustainably affordable and attractive for millions of people,”says Christian Ehrenborg, managing director, IKEA GreenTech AB.

LED lights use 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 20 times longer.

“This strategic investment allows Design LED to significantly accelerate plans to deliver highly differentiated products to an international market desperate to conserve energy, and hungry for exciting new form factors in LED lighting” says Stuart Bain, CEO, Design LED Products.

Design LED Products has also recently expanded its management team with the appointment of Wolfgang Andorfer chief sales and marketing officer.

Existing Design LED Products shareholders also invested alongside IKEA GreenTech, including most significantly Scottish Enterprise, via its investment arm the Scottish Investment Bank.




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Plessey in LED deal with 8point3

Plessey die artist impressionPlessey  has entered a long-term commercial agreement with 8point3, a Dartford-based LED luminaire manufacturing company. Plessey will be supplying its GaN-on-Silicon MaGICTM LEDs for use in 8point3′s new Sabre Architectural range of LED linear lighting products.

“Our focus has always been to create market leading LED solutions for a wide range of applications. Our agreement with Plessey, the only UK LED Silicon manufacturer, ensures we continue to do this,” says 8point3 md Ashley Bateup.

Recent performance improvements in  Plessey’s MaGIC LEDs  combined with 8point3′s Sabre Architectural range, should beat other linear lighting solutions, reckons Plessey.

Sabre Architectural combines the benefits of remote phosphor with a unique delivery system, a wide range of colour temperatures, and  a uniform and diffuse luminance and appearance, ensuring no reflections or pixilation, even when dimming.  It offers designers a flexible solution for high lumen areas and decorative lighting systems.

“Plessey will design bespoke LED solutions in the UK to complement 8point3′s ongoing lighting projects,” says  Plessey’s Mark Pinnock.

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