Amber Solutions announced it has secured a patent for advanced AC direct LED lighting architecture. According to Amber Founder and CEO Thar Casey, the new patent, the company’s sixth, enables the creation of smaller, lighter, brighter, longer-lasting LED consumer and commercial lighting products that have virtually no flicker and deliver full-spectrum dimming with energy savings.
“Amber’s patented solid-state technologies can now eliminate the need for traditional LED power supplies and drivers,” Casey said in the announcement statement. “Our power system is 90 percent smaller than existing electromechanical products, enabling the highest shipping density available along with simplified product design and extended life expectancy. With greater luminosity per watt, full-spectrum dimming capability (seamless 0 to 100 percent), virtually no flicker and up to 50 percent reduction in total commercial fixture size and weight, this advancement vastly expands the value delivered and installation flexibility for LED lighting.”
The embedded intelligence in Amber’s power supply can produce more than 15 percent greater lighting efficacy, with a maximum of 200 lumens per watt, versus existing products that are around 170 lumens per watt. Higher efficacy directly translates to energy savings, meaning that for the same light output Amber’s AC direct LED architecture will save 15 percent or more on the energy bill. This also means installations can use fewer lamps to produce the same amount of light or produce brighter conditions with the same number of lamps and power input.
According to Casey, while typical commercial LED power supply bricks may vary in size, some measure 9” x 2.8” x 1.5”, a total of 37.8 cubic inches. By comparison, Amber’s power supply is just 5” x 3” x 0.25”, for a total of 3.75 cubic inches— at a quarter-inch thick. “This reduction in size allows designers to eliminate both weight and bulky internal spaces in commercial LED lighting fixtures, opening the door to LED products with much slimmer profiles and more flexible installation requirements. While in small, discrete board today, Amber’s technology has a clear path to silicon, where the size will be even smaller,” Casey said.
Amber’s digital control of electricity also enables the smallest amount of flicker currently available for LED lights, with the highest existing ratio of on time to off time. With the capability to use more wattage per square inch of lighting surface in LEDs, Amber’s technology also adds embedded protection against temperature fluctuations, overcurrent and power surge issues, the company says.
“This new patent further cements Amber as the leading innovator in solid-state electrical product research and design,” Casey added. “Combined with our five other patents granted for various aspects of digital, solid-state electricity control, we enable significant advantages in LED performance, particularly for the commercial market.”
Amber’s core innovation, a programmable solid-state power system that has a clear path to an even-smaller silicon chip version, controls the flow of electricity digitally, enabling the integration of unique intelligence into building electrical products and infrastructure. The solution introduces the world to a much safer, more reliable and dramatically smarter alternative to the 1970s-era electromechanical components that are used in nearly all modern electrical infrastructure products. Amber’s technologies power a significant architectural and feature upgrade to the range of electrically powered building products, like circuit breakers, outlets, GFCIs and light switches, as well as potentially every electrical appliance.