Cost-effective area lighting using a single RGB LED

10th January 2020
Alex Lynn

The module benefits from MENTOR’s Light Guide expertise and provides very even illumination with just a single RGB LED, offering an infinite range of backlight colours. This use of a single LED makes the module a very cost-effective way of transforming a product.

The product design possibilities are endless and include status indication, instructive text and multiple branding, to name just a few design ideas. 

The new Area Lighting module features a flat panel design, providing very even, truly homogeneous illumination over an area of 50x16mm. There are four printing options and six mounting options, making the module very easy to integrate into the product design. Printing can be carried out by MENTOR or by the customer.

For illustration and test purposes, a sample version with a logo already printed on the diffusor is available from stock. This test module provides a very cost-effective way of evaluating the product, demonstrating the very even illumination produced by the single LED. In addition, samples with customer-specific printing can be provided at a cost of just a few hundred pounds, which will be credited against the first production-volume order.

The overall size of the module is 80x31mm with a depth of just 5.5mm. The module features an integrated diffusor and an ESD-protected PCB with stranded wire connection.

Custom modifications are offered - possible modifications to the standard product include a larger lighting area of up to 55x55mm with an MOQ of only 3,000 pieces plus a minor production cost. Even larger sizes are possible, subject to modest development and tooling investment. Different wire gauges and connector options, as well as a PCB-mounted version are also possible.

Fully-Customer-specific Area Lighting Solutions are also available. As well as special sizes, special shapes such as circle, ellipsis, triangle, sickle, freeform are all possible.

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