Ultraviolet LEDs facilitate leak and biohazard detection.

Press Release Summary:

Available in 385, 405, and 415 nm wavelengths at 4-6 mW in through-hole format, QuasarBrite(TM) UV LEDs provide uniform beam pattern and do not use hazardous mercury material. RoHS-compliant units are suited for bacterial and superficial sterilization for medical device technologies, forensic applications, and ink fluorescing. Housed in TO-46 package with glass lens, LEDs provide lifespan of more than 50,000 hours.

Original Press Release:

New UV LEDs from Lumex Provide Superior Light Performance and 10 Times Longer Lifespan

Available in multiple wavelengths, new UV LEDs generate up to 50% cost savings

PALATINE, IL - Lumex announces the global launch of their QuasarBrite(TM) UV family of LED technologies. The UV LEDs provide a 10 times longer lifespan, tight beam angle, enhanced durability and up to 50% cost savings compared to alternative technologies.

The RoHs compliant QuasarBrite UV LEDs are available in 385nm, 405nm and 415nm wavelengths at 4-6mW in through-hole format.

QuasarBrite UV technology is ideal for a wide range of applications including:

o bacterial and superficial sterilization for medical device technologies related to phototherapy, dental, and dermatology equipment;

o industrial control device technology related to leak and biohazard detection;

o forensic applications related to counterfeit detection and forensic analysis of bodily fluids;

o ink fluorescing.

"Despite the many benefits of UV LED technology, adoption has been limited in the past due to the fact that the materials used in the epoxy LED lens degraded the lifespan of UV LEDs to less than 5,000 hours," explained Jeff Oliveros, Director of Engineering at Lumex. "Replacing the epoxy lenses with a robust TO-46 package with glass lens, QuasarBrite UV LEDs now last at least ten times longer, providing a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours."

In addition to enhanced life span, QuasarBrite UV LEDs provide several key benefits compared to alternative technologies like CCFLs. QuasarBrite UV LEDs provide a uniform beam pattern. To match this performance CCFLs would require a secondary lens resulting in additional cost and space investment. Additionally, QuasarBrite UV LEDs do not use the hazardous mercury material found in CCFL technology and are more durable in their design, thereby significantly reducing maintenance costs. Finally, Lumex's UV LEDs have up to 70% lower energy consumption than CCFLs. These factors combined allow Lumex's QuasarBrite UV LEDs to provide up to a 50% cost savings compared to CCFLs.

Samples of these devices are available from stock, with custom production quantities in 8-10 weeks and standard production quantities in 6-8 weeks. Pricing is dependent on quantity ordered, and is approximately $2.50 to $5.25 per unit in production quantities dependent on size and quantity ordered.

Lumex Contact Information

For additional information or engineering assistance:

In North America and Europe, contact Lumex's Sales Department, 290 E. Helen Rd., Palatine, IL 60067 USA. Phone: 1-800-278-5666. FAX: 1-847-359-8904. E-mail: lmxsales@lumex.com Web: www.lumex.com.

In Asia, contact Lumex's Asian Pacific Headquarters at 3F, No. 972, Sec. 4, Chung Hsing Rd., Chu Dung, Hsin Chu County, Taiwan, ROC. Phone: +886-3-582-1124. FAX: +886-3-582-1154. Web (in Chinese): www.lumex.com.tw

About Lumex

For 30 years, Lumex, a member of the ITW Photonics Group, has been a global leader in the optoelectronics industry. With the broadest range of high efficiency, high performance LEDs and LCDs in the industry, Lumex provides thousands of standard products and specializes in semi-custom and custom designs. Lumex's optical range encompasses a wide spectrum including UV, visible and infrared wavelengths. Lumex's team of Technical Design Specialists are experts in collaboratively developing effective, smart solutions from the most complex design dilemmas.

Lumex has a global footprint with the worldwide headquarters outside Chicago and the Asian headquarters in Taiwan. With manufacturing capabilities in the United States, China, Taiwan and Thailand, Lumex is able to support over 23 end markets with more than 80,000 customers both directly and through our distribution channel partners. Lumex received its initial ISO 9001 registration in 1996.

About the ITW Photonics Group

The ITW Photonics Group was created to bring together and build on the technical expertise of individual companies that specialize in photonics technology and span the full spectrum of wavelengths. The group consists of:

o Lumex - LED and LCD technology

o Cal Sensors - IR Detector and Emitter technology

o Opto Diode Corp - LED, Silicon Photodiodes and Electro-Optical Assembly technology

The synergy of these three industry front-runners provides an unsurpassed range of photonic capabilities within a broad spectrum of markets, including medical, military and industrial controls. The ITW Photonics Group provides integrated solutions that encompass the technology and experience from all three business units, offering design engineers higher performance with greater feature enhancements. For more information on the ITW Photonics Group, go to www.itwphotonicsgroup.com

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