Avnet opens US light lab for LED measurement and testing

July 17, 2012 – BUSINESS WIRE — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, part of Avnet Inc. (NYSE:AVT) opened a lighting lab in Chandler, AZ, to measure light-emitting diode (LED) properties for various applications.

Avnet LightLab’s 900sq.ft. facility is equipped with the latest LED metrology suite from Instrument Systems. Tools measure the key optical, electrical and thermal characteristics of high power LEDs, modules and luminaires. Typical tests measure total flux, illuminance, thermal intensity and distribution, luminous efficiency, spectral power disruption (SPD), and the LED’s color rendering index (CRI). All photometric, radiometric and colormetric testing is conducted in accordance with specifications from the Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage (CIE), the international commission on light.

Avnet opened the lab to support the “explosive” growth in demand for LEDs, said George Kelly, technical specialist and LightLab manager, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. Avnet also has a national team of LED-focused illumination engineers (the company calls them “illumineers”). The illumineers and test labs (in Chandler and in Munich, Germany) are meant to enable lighting designers to compare various design options and optimize products.

Avnet’s LightLab supports a broad range of LED applications including general illumination, medical, industrial, transportation, military, signage, and security applications. Watch a video about the new lab here.

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group’s website is located at www.em.avnet.com. Avnet Inc. (NYSE:AVT) is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology.

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