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Steinel launches sensor-controlled LED sign light

19 September 2013

Steinel (UK) is launching the XLED FL-50 sign light, said to be the first LED floodlight with a twilight sensor that responds to light levels and automatically switches the sign light ‘on’ at dusk and ‘off’ at dawn

It is now possible to illuminate company logos, advertising boards and posters on your building’s façade without wasting energy or driving up maintenance costs. The industry-leading XLED FL-50 sign light offers an intelligent solution. Highly-sensitive twilight sensors register when light levels are dimming (at dusk) and automatically switch the floodlight on. Then, in the morning, when light levels are sufficiently bright, the floodlight switches off again.

Fit and forget
The XLED FL-50 sign light creates a floodlight solution that’s completely autonomous – and virtually maintenance-free. Featuring LEDs with a typical lifespan of 50,000 hours, this sign light is a ‘fit and forget’ choice. There is no need to manually switch it on and off, and no need to replace dead lamps. With sign lights typically positioned at great heights and in inaccessible locations, the maintenance savings that result from long-life LEDs are obvious.

Bright, white light
What’s more, the low maintenance burden associated with the XLED FL-50 doesn’t mean a compromise on light quality. The floodlight features 25W LEDs that deliver 820 lm of bright, white light (3500 K). The high CRI (90 Ra) of the LEDs ensures that the sign’s colours appear as bright and sharp as they would in daylight. IP44-rated, the XLED FL-50 is also highly robust, relieving any fears about potential damage.

Highly-sensitive sensor
Critically, the XLED FL-50 offers a sensor solution that’s highly sensitive. A variable twilight threshold of 2-100 lux means it can compensate for ambient light in urban environments as well as dark locations.

There is also an eco-mode on the twilight sensor, saving further energy by switching off the floodlight during low-footfall hours of the night. In this mode, the light switches ‘on’ in the evening, then switches ‘off’ for a selectable period during the night. The light comes ‘on’ again before daybreak, if you want it to, before automatically switching ‘off’ during daylight hours.

The floodlight projector comes in a length of 541 mm and, mounted at recommended intervals of 1.5 m, can be interconnected by cable with a total of 16 floodlights. For ultimate flexibility, a longer version, the XLED FL-100, is also available, with an arm length of 1041 mm.

Peter Lawrence, MD of Steinel (UK), comments: “Sign lights need to be ultra bright, in order to attract attention to logos and advertising boards at night. Yet traditional halogen sign lights, which have to be manually switched on and off, are often a source of energy waste and a maintenance headache. However, the launch of XLED FL-50 has changed all that. The combination of LED and sensor technology means that sign lighting can now be intelligent, autonomous – and maintenance-free.”

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