Zhaga members show Zhaga-compliant, interchangeable LED modules at Light+Building

March 28, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The international lighting industry has so far lacked clear guidelines to ensure the interchangeability of LED modules made by different manufacturers. With Zhaga that is now changing. Since its foundation in February 2010, the consortium has developed specifications for LED module interfaces. These interfaces enable easy LED module integration into luminaire designs and reduce overall system design cost. At Light+Building 2012, from 15 to 20 April in Frankfurt, Zhaga will present to the lighting community what has been achieved so far and the goals for the near future.

Zhaga's presence at the world's leading trade fair for lighting architecture and design is the start of an information tour that continues this year to the International Lightfair in Las Vegas and Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition in China. Established two years ago, to date more than 180 companies from Asia, Europe and North America have joined the global consortium. Light and luminaire manufacturers and suppliers to the industry are relying on Zhaga. At Frankfurt, more than 25 Zhaga members will showcase the first products designed to comply with Zhaga's specifications.

Zhaga is convinced that the entire industry as well as consumers will profit substantially from the work of the consortium. “The interchangeability of LED light sources makes it easier for luminaire manufacturers to integrate the latest LED technology,” says Menno Treffers, Secretary General of the Zhaga Consortium, “a new LED module will fit without changing reflector design and mechanical fit. That reduces the cost and lowers the risk of developing new LED lighting products.”

For more information about the Zhaga standard please visit http://www.zhagastandard.org