Xicato offers colour consistency warranty
11 February 2012 12.00
(USA) - LED module manufacturer Xicato creates a new warranty program that guarantees modules within an installation will deliver visually consistent light from luminaire to luminaire for a five-year period.
The Xicato ‘Five-Year Colour Consistency and Lumen Maintenance Warranty’ has been developed to give users and specifiers confidence in the long-term performance of LED-based lighting installation.
“Our warranty is unprecedented within our industry in terms of its scope. No other light source maker, LED or otherwise guarantees colour consistency,” said Menko de Roos, co-founder and CEO of Xicato. “The innovation that enabled Xicato to set the standard for initial colour consistency of LED modules that, today, remains the best in the industry, has directly led to our unmatched consistency over time.”
The new warranty will be granted to luminaires that have successfully passed Xicato’s Thermal Validation Program (TVP). First launched in 2011, the TVP has allowed OEMs, at no cost, to submit their luminaires for testing and certification. The TVP typically takes less than a week.
Xicato approached insurance group Munich Re to evaluate Xicato’s Corrected Cold Phosphor Technology, product qualification and manufacturing processes to assess the risk of a potential product failure, and to underwrite an insurance policy backing the new warranty. Munich Re’s decision to underwrite was ultimately based on that review, a lack of LED module field returns and up to 9,000 hours of reliability testing.
“We are delighted to have concluded the first contract of this kind for LED module technology with Xicato,” said Thomas Blunck, member of Munich Re’s Board of Management. “As with other performance warranty covers, we relieve manufacturers or investors of part of the risk, thereby facilitating the use of new technologies.”
A copy of the complete warranty, as well as a current list of validated luminaires that carry the warranty, is available on Xicato’s website.