Faber uses LUXEON Rebel power LEDs to create long-lasting sleek cooker hood design statement.
When Faber ( http://www.faber.com ) made the strategic decision to design power LEDs into their new premium range of cooker hoods, they found that by replacing traditional halogen lamps with LUXEON Rebel LEDs from Philips Lumileds, they were able to offer lower energy consumption, a much longer lifetime, a more modern white color temperature, and a slimmer, sleeker design.
A white goods manufacturer, Faber (www.faberspa.com) is Italy’s top manufacturer of cooker hoods for the residential market, and is a global leader in its fi eld with a large export trade through international distribution channels.
In 2007, Faber began intensive development work on a new generation of ultraslim cooker hoods. The new range was to target the premium segment of the market, for which the key drivers are a distinctive, ‘designer’ aesthetic and nonstandard features. The premium customer wants to own a product that refl ects their good taste in design and that sets their home apart from the ordinary.
The specifi cation for the lighting unit in the new range of hoods refl ected the overall marketing objective. Key features of the specifi cation included a maximum 20mm profi le (height). The new range of cooker hoods was to be dramatically thinner than any previously introduced to the market. The unprecedented thinness was to give a sense of elegance and weightlessness, embodied in different product domains by devices such as ultra thin laptops or new generation LCD televisions.
Long operating lifetime for the light source itself. The frequent failure-andreplacement cycle experienced with typical incandescent light sources was incompatible with the high-quality positioning of the new range. “I knew straight away that only one technology - power LEDs - was going to be able to meet the design specifi cations.
Power LEDs offer the combination of features that we needed - small size, long operating lifetime and the potential to get a neutral-white color temperature.” - Sergio Macchioni Hikari Technical Director Faber
Color temperature which would complement the high-technology, contemporary feel of the overall design. Faber invited a long-term luminaire supplier, Hikari of Italy, to provide prototype designs that met the specifi cation.