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T5 Fluorescent Lamp Energy-Efficient Luminaire(ST4325)

Selux Corporation

Background

Many new energy-efficient lighting products are being developed in the U.S. However, most of these are lamps and ballasts, with few luminaires being developed to incorporate the new lighting technologies. Several new lamp products, such as the T5 fluorescent lamp, have been available in Europe for the last five years and have now become available in the U.S. T5 fluorescent lamps are an improvement over the standard energy-efficient T8 fluorescent lamps because they are more energy-efficient and their smaller diameter can achieve improved light focus in a lighting-fixture reflector. Prior to this effort, luminaires for the T5 lamp were unavailable in the U.S.

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Project Description

SELUX Corporation and its consultant, Synergy Consultants, performed market research and a technology assessment for T5 lamps and ballasts, defined the design, developed prototypes and produced sales samples of T5 luminaires.

Benefits

The T5 fluorescent lamp's high efficiency and narrow profile could result in significant energy savings and new opportunities for efficient lighting. SELUX is the first U.S. manufacturer to produce a luminaire to accommodate the T5 fluorescent lamp with electronic ballast. If the new lamp technology replaces the T8 fluorescent lamp, SELUX's luminaires will enable specifiers and buyers to obtain appropriate luminaires in New York, creating jobs locally and saving U.S. dollars from being spent abroad.

Project Results

SELUX Corporation and its consultant, Synergy Consultants, performed market research and a technology assessment for T5 lamps and ballasts, defined the design, developed prototypes and produced sales samples of T5 luminaires. The initial market assessment conducted by SELUX as part of the NYSERDA statement of work indicated that the price points for pendant-mount T5 luminaires were lower than SELUX's commercialization costs. Consequently, SELUX expanded its design efforts to include a new family of surface-mounted luminaires with more design flexibility. The family of pendant-mount and surface-mount luminaires are called the "M100 family." Since their commercialization, the M100 product line has become SELUX's largest product line. The sales of these products has supported the construction of a new 10,000 square foot manufacturing facility, and the hire of two additional engineers and four factory workers. The T5 product groups are currently accounting for approximately 35% of company sales in New York, and approximately 10% of sales in other states.

Contractor

Selux Corporation
5 Lumen Ln # 1060
Highland, NY 12528

Principle Investigator

Veit Mueller

Universities Involved

Technologies

Project Type:

Product Development


Technologies Types:

Building Systems
Lighting
Flourescent

NYSERDA Contact Information

Marsha Walton
Marsha.Walton@nyserda.ny.gov

Program

R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 4/30/1996
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST4325




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