Designing a bespoke LED luminary is relatively costly and only appropriate where manufactured volume and/or the improvement in system performance makes the process more cost effective than utilizing existing stock fixtures.
The design and development process falls into four distinct and chargeable phases.
Phase 1: Discovery:
The first step in any luminary design is to agree to critical application requirements, how the characteristics of the final product will be measured and compared, with a set of development goals to determine the project's progress and success.
Phase 2: Research and specification:
The development team will carry out LED and component selection, thermal design, lens choice and fixture design.
A fully costed specification will be drawn up, documenting all factors necessary to optimise efficiency and achieve regulatory compliance for the required application, such as; driver choice, isolation, power factor correction and current reduction or PWM dimmability etc.
Phase 3: Prototyping:
On acceptance of the specification and CAD drawings, a Beta design prototype will be produced for testing and approval. It is not uncommon, however, for a Gamma prototype to be required before committing to final production.
Phase 4: Manufacturing:
In most cases, Constellation Lighting can manufacture entirely within their own, dedicated, facilities but may also outsource elements of the process to trusted third parties where cost savings dictate.