LED Waves Updates High Bay with Industry's First Extruded Heat Sink Body

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The company's in-house engineers reveal the process behind longer-lasting LED replacement lamps.

An up close look at the extruded LED high bay heat sink body.

This supports the extended 5 warranty on the Andromeda LED High Bay.

LED Waves is a supplier and manufacturer of LED lights in the USA, with production headquarters in Brooklyn. Their exclusive line of replacement lamps, launched only last year, is easily distinguished by the highly intricate heat sinks that surround and protect each light source.

This month the company has announced an update to their LED high bay light, originally introduced in May 2012. Designed for their clients in the commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors, the Andromeda replaces the high pressure sodium and metal halide lamps typically used in facilities with high ceilings.

In following LED Waves' philosophy of thermal distribution, their LED high bay features a unique heat sink that maximizes surface area. This component, which makes up the body of the lamp, underwent the most development since the beta release of the product. Now, after months of research and tweaking, the final heat sink design is primed for extrusion. The company's LED OEM team is proud to announce that as of December 2012, the Andromeda LED high bay has the only extruded heat sink of its kind on the market.

Typical LED high bay manufacturers use a die casting process to create heat sinks. This limits the potential surface area of the heat sink to that of the mould on which it is formed. These moulds must be lined with thick walls to withstand the high temperatures of the metals poured therein. As a result, the heat sinks produced from die casting feature fewer open spaces. However, this is still the most commonly used process in the LED lamp manufacturing industry as it is inexpensive.

Extrusion refers to the process of pushing or pulling a material through a die to achieve a desired cross section. As the material undergoes no outside pressure as it is extruded, very fine details may be rendered through the cavities in the die. This process is therefore capable of creating more distinct surfaces within a cross section.

This increased potential is LED Waves’ reason for extruding the heat sink on their LED high bay, even though the process is more costly. Maximizing surface area within a form in turn maximizes channels through which hot air can flow away. As heat is the leading contributor to premature failure in electronics, effective dissipation significantly lengthens the lifespan of an LED light. This supports the extended 5 warranty LED Waves places on the Andromeda LED High Bay.

This guiding principle of maximizing surface area to increase heat dissipation is evident in the other exclusive LED replacement lamps made in the USA by LED Waves. Look for their signature high-performance heat sinks on their LED MR16 as well as their series of PAR LED light bulbs – all covered by a 5 year warranty.

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