Sylvania licenses radical lens tech from US start-up

FEILO Sylvania has licensed a ground-breaking lens technology which it plans to include in its next generation luminaires.

The company has signed a deal to get access to the radical Edge-X technology from innovative US start-up QuarkStar.

‘We knew immediately that incorporating the Edge-X optical technology into our product lines would be a major win’, says Sylvania’s technology chief Richard Turner.

It’s understood the company will initially use the ‘light shaping’ lens development in its downlight and linear lighting ranges under the Concord brand.

The Edge-X optics essentially guide the output from LEDs and sculpt the distribution of light in a space.

The benefit to clients is that fewer luminaires are needed in a space to get the same effect as traditional optics.

‘Seeing the capability of Edge-X optics was a significant moment for us,’ Sylvania’s technology chief Richard Turner told Lux.

‘We knew immediately that incorporating the optical technology into our product lines would be a major win.

This was confirmed by our jointly winning Lux’s Top 20 Innovations Award at the 2018 Light + Building for the first major revolutionary advance in downlights in 75 years.

‘Sylvania’s ability to incorporate the Edge-X technology into a full product line will enable it to significantly increase its position in the market,’ QuarkStar Louis Lerman told Lux.

‘This agreement brings together QuarkStar’s globally patented, award‐winning technologies with the power and presence of the Sylvania brand.

‘QuarkStar’s unique combination of novel functions and radically new designs will provide significant market differentiation across multiple product families.’


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