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November 27, 2013

Reducing LED Costs Through Innovation

Jim Brodrick, Lighting Program Manager

A Wisconsin-based company is developing an innovative way to reduce manufacturing costs of light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

With help from a $2.4 million Energy Department research grant that is matched dollar-for-dollar by the company, researchers at Eaton Corporation in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, are creating a manufacturing process that not only streamlines LED fixture designs but also removes unnecessary materials and parts. The new process will enable LED chips to sit directly on heat sinks, resulting in better heat transfer and ultimately increasing efficiency of LEDs.

This type of work represents one of five manufacturing research and development projects the Energy Department is funding to help strengthen the performance of LEDs and organic LEDs and improve cost-effective manufacturing techniques. For the complete story, see the EERE Blog.