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Sensors used in tunable lighting systems found to have high reliability

DOE study investigated items used to control lumen depreciation, chromaticity shifts, and changes in drivers.

April 08, 2021 |

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The U.S. Department of Energy recently released a report on the initial performance and reliability of chromaticity sensors used for tunable LED lighting systems.

This study found that a chromaticity sensor used in the control system of a tunable lighting installation has high reliability, even under relatively harsh test conditions. The study examined the initial performance and aging characteristics of a sensor consisting of a series of six photodiodes that respond to different wavelengths to adjust illuminance, correlated color temperature (CCT), and chromaticity.

The sensor devices were exposed to a 5,000-hour accelerated stress test: one group at a continuous room temperature operating life, a second at a continuous but elevated ambient temperature of 75°C, and a third in a temperature-humidity environment of 75°C and 75% relative humidity (also known as a 7575 environment).

No abrupt failure of the sensor was found after 5,000 hours of testing, even in the relatively harsh 7575 environment. Just one parametric failure after 5,000 hours of 7575 testing was observed. Such a failure produces a change in a tunable device that would be noticeable to an observer. Light from the tunable fixture would likely be blue-shifted.

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