Taking binning to the next level
Binning is the first of these technologies – and the first step towards consistency. A technological process that takes place after LED chips are manufactured, it measures LEDs – which can vary in color as well as by such criteria as flux and forward voltage – and groups them for market delivery in subclasses, known as “bins.” This helps guarantee large numbers of LEDs that are consistent across production runs, and makes it possible for professionals to choose LEDs that meet specifications. They can select the LEDs suited to illuminating a bridge at night, for instance, and be confident that what they’re getting is what they need.
Philips’ Optibin™ technology takes binning to another level, algorithmically grouping LEDs by chromaticity and flux and ensuring the consistency of hue and color temperature for Philips Color Kinetics lighting products. This advanced selection formula guarantees that products are characterized by an extraordinary level of uniformity.
The Optibin process applies each time Philips Color Kinetics selects bins of LED sources for purchase from its suppliers, and each time it manufactures a run of fixtures.
By purchasing and intelligently combining specified LED sources from a range of manufacturing bins, Optibin guarantees that the final luminaire has consistent color from fixture to fixture, from manufacturing run to manufacturing run, year after year.