Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – February 8, 2016 – Anthony Florence, president of LED Corporations, today announced the release of the Gold Standard LED tube line. Designed to replace fluorescent tubes, the Gold Standard utilizes 99% pure gold connectors to provide the most consistently reliable LED illumination available.
“Independent engineers have compared our product head-to-head with those manufactured by Phillips, Sylvania, GE. In each case, our Gold Standard prevails,” Florence reveals. “Yet, we’re able to offer these tubes for dollars less per unit.”
The key to the Gold Standard’s superiority is, of course, gold. A majority of LED tube manufacturers utilize alloy wire to connect the diode which shortens the life of the chip. The best conductor is gold. “Our LED products utilize a 99% pure gold wire, the best possible element for electrical conductivity which helps prevent light decay, maintain consistent color and extends the life of the diode, driver and circuitry,” adds Florence.
According to industry experts, for a fixture to be UL certified it has to be subjected to high potential (hi-pot) testing. Hi-pot testing is used to verify that the insulation of a product or component is sufficient to protect the operator from electrical shock. In a typical hi-pot test, high voltage is applied between a product’s current-carrying conductors and its metallic shielding. The resulting current that flows through the insulation, known as leakage current, is monitored by the hi-pot tester. The theory behind the test is that if a deliberate over-application of test voltage does not cause the insulation to break down, the product will be safe to use under normal operating conditions – hence the name, Dielectric Withstanding Voltage test.
In addition to over-stressing the insulation, the test can also be performed to detect material and workmanship defects, most importantly small gap spacings between current-carrying conductors and the earth ground. When a product is operated under normal conditions, environmental factors such as humidity, dirt, vibration, shock and contaminants can close these small gaps and allow current to flow. If not corrected at the factory, this condition can create a hazardous shock. The Dielectric Withstand test is the only way to uncover this type of defect, and it’s a measure that too many LED manufacturers skip to reduce costs.
“Because of our dedication to providing the safest and highest quality products, every one of our tubes is subjected to a hi-pot test,” Florence comments. “This is why our LED products may cost minimally more than commodity products, and we believe the cost is worth it.”
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