Designing LED lighting solutions in the cloud

November 15, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
With enhanced functionality and new features, Arrow Electronics hopes to lure more users to its cloud-based application platform Arrow Lighting Designer. The platform enables engineers to design complete LED lighting solutions in an online environment.

The Arrow Lighting Designer, which underwent a major rework, includes a number of new features for both novice and expert engineers that help users to become productive faster and to reduce the time-to-market. The new version brings several new design workflows such as incorporating turn-key lighting modules, building on reference designs developed by Arrow lighting experts, and leveraging a design assistant to specify design constraints, in addition to a custom designer workflow that provides more flexibility for expert users. A new thermal engine allows users to perform system thermal analysis on the entire design. The return on investment analysis feature has been extended to support the complete system rather than just evaluating the light source. With a choice of more than 6,500 components, users can review availability and pricing from Arrow as well as download a BOM for the entire design.

This integrated design environment combines multiple modules including light sources, secondary optics, power supplies, connectors, heat sinks, and boards to develop a system solution. With built-in design guidelines, powerful simulation and analytical engines, and a comprehensive BOM module, engineers can get quick results and access to a wide portfolio of products from leading component manufacturers, all in a convenient and intuitive online environment.

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