Martin Professional and Aalborg University’s INLED Project Produces MAC 350 Entour

Posted on Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Martin Professional A/S is ready with the first result of a research collaboration with Aalborg University’s Institute for Nano-Physics and Institute for Energy Technology. The project, a cooperation between Martin Professional, Aalborg University (Denmark), and the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, is called INLED (Intelligent Light Emitting Diodes) and stems from a technology grant awarded to Martin and Aalborg University two years ago by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation (Højteknologifonden).

The first result of the INLED project is the new MAC 350 Entour, the most powerful and energy-efficient profile LED-based fixture the market has seen. In recent years, the intelligent lighting industry has seen a wide range of LED wash lights, but still has not seen a serious bid for an LED profile fixture for professional use. With the MAC 350 Entour, that has now changed.

A newly developed light engine based on seven high-power diodes gives the MAC 350 Entour a total light output of nearly 8000 lumens – more than four times more than its nearest competitor. Add to that all the advantages that LED provides like superior electronic dimming and strobe effects, flicker-free operation, no re-strike delay, no mercury and long life service intervals.

The initial outcome of the research collaboration is a new, highly efficient LED light source aimed at replacing existing light sources that typically have a much shorter lifespan, contain mercury and consume more energy. The aim of the research is to develop a technological platform for lighting products that allows for higher efficiency, improvements in color mixing and minimal energy loss. The project has a three-year timeframe and a budget of approximately 4 million EUR of which 50% is funding from the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation.

After two years, the project is now putting theory into practice. One means to achieve higher efficiency, by calculating and applying nano antireflection surfaces to optical components, has now been successfully done in laboratory tests. Another area of significant progress is in ray-trace optimization software, which makes it possible to obtain parameters useful in designing and optimizing asymmetric optical components. To date, the project has resulted in six patent applications.
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