BRECKSVILLE, OH-Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) has formed a partnership with Luminus Devices of Woburn, MA to produce modular LED-based edge-lighting assemblies for large-screen LCD TVs. Luminus' PhlatLight technology, combined with GLT's MicroLens light guides, enable large-size LCD panels to be edge-lit, as opposed to direct backlighting. The
result is a reduced LED count, and simplified color and thermal management.
A 32-inch LCD TV can now be edge-lit with less than 12 PhlatLight chipsets-each containing a single red, green, and blue die-for optimal brightness, color, and significantly reduced thickness. Future developments are expected to reduce the number of chipsets even further. The benefits of the new edge lighting assemblies increase with panel size, and GLT's and Luminus' strategy will be to concentrate on edge-lighting of LCD TVs 40-inch diagonal and larger.