Criteria for Selecting Connectors for LED Lighting/Industrial Applications

Criteria for Selecting Connectors for LED Lighting/Industrial Applications
Written By: Jeffery Wang | John Lee

Abstract:
Connectors used in industrial and solid-state lighting applications pose uniquely challenging design constraints on power density and form-factor while simultaneously demanding the highest reliability under harsh environmental conditions. As a designer in these spaces, one cannot simply prioritize piece cost in the connector selection process. The true value of a connector is much more nuanced and must include the amortized costs of manufacturability, reliability, and safety. Eliminating hand soldering, ease of use, and good yield are not free. Avoiding field failures and product recalls are not free. Regulatory compliance is not free. To best address these hidden costs, designers should choose connectors from suppliers that have already engineered them out. For this very reason, in addition to electrical and mechanical performance, AVX’s portfolio of connectors contains many options perfectly suited for industrial and solid-state lighting applications.
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