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Designing with HB-LEDs has Never Been this Simple

The New Lighting Simplicity Kit from Arrow and Freescale

Arrow Electonics has partnered with Freescale Semiconductor and Cree to premier an exclusive wireless, solid-state Lighting Simplicity Kit that removes the challenges commonly found in High Bright Light Emitting Diode (HB-LED) design. Based on technology from Freescale and Cree, and partnering with key technology leaders National Semiconductor and Digi International, this showcase reference design and demonstration platform eliminates complexity and simplifies the design process needed to upgrade your products with solid-state HB-LED technology.

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Well designed HB-LED systems will outperform most traditional light source solutions. The design techniques featured in Arrow's Lighting Simplicity Kit enable HB-LEDs to outperform bulbs by implementing more intelligent design elements. These design features include thermal sensing to extend LED life and ambient light sensing to adjust light output to match ambient conditions. These techniques reduce operating costs and extend product life cycles, reducing overall cost of ownership. Along with Arrow's best-in-class technical support team and lighting experts and leading edge supply chain solutions, we will guide you through your design process and help you realize just how easy it is to take advantage of the many benefits offered by solid-state High Bright LED lighting solutions!

Two Boards. One Brilliant Solution.

The Arrow Lighting Simplicity Kit, featuring a Control Board, and a remote HB-LED board, utilizes the latest embedded technologies. This exciting new reference design and demonstration platform showcases a modular design for wireless control of solid-state lighting technology and can be easily adapted to a variety of lighting applications.

The Control Board

Control Board DiagramThe 'brain' of the system, the control board processes input from touch sensors and an ambient light sensor. Commands are sent to the remote board via an IEEE 802.15.4® wireless connection. It manages the control and calculation of the HB-LED levels and changes due to user input, temperature measurements, and ambient light readings. The control board can be either battery operated or powered from an external DC power supply.

Featuring:

Freescale MC9S08QE128

  • 8-bit microcontroller with 128 KB of embedded Flash and 8 KB SRAM
  • Acts as the interface between user input, via capacitive touch sensors on the board and the wireless RF module
  • Updates the local status LEDs according to the current mode of operation
  • Samples analog output from the ambient light sensor
  • Download datasheet

Digi International XBee® RF Module

  • Low-cost/low-power, drop-in module provides wireless communication between the control board and the remote HB-LED board
  • Uses IEEE 802.15.4 networking protocol for fast point-to-multipoint or peer-to-peer networking
  • Download datasheet

Freescale Proximity Sensor Software for Capacitive Touch Control

  • Provides a simple, low-cost user interface
  • Detects the state of capacitive touch pads
  • Cost efficient alternative to mechanical push buttons or rotary switches

OSRAM High Accuracy Ambient Light Sensor

  • Opto hybrid with logarithmic current output
  • Perfect match to Human Eye Sensitivity (Vλ)
  • Low temperature coefficient of spectral sensitivity
  • High accuracy over wide illumination range
  • Download datasheet

The Remote HB-LED Board

HB-LED Board DiagramThis second board receives commands from the control board via an IEEE 802.15.4 wireless connection and adjusts the LEDs. The remote HB-LED board also takes a local temperature measurement and makes the result available to the control board. The board is powered from an external DC power supply.

Featuring:

Cree XLamp® XR-E High Power LEDs

  • XREWHT-L1-0000-00D01 - Cool White LED
  • XREWHT-L1-0000-009E7 -  Warm White LED
  • Energy efficient with unprecedented lighting-class brightness, lifetime, and quality of light
  • Download datasheet

Freescale MC9S08QE128

  • 8-bit microcontroller with 128 KB of embedded Flash and 8 KB SRAM
  • Interfaces between the RF module and LED drivers
  • Samples local temperature of the remote HB-LED board and varies LED brightness according to temperature
  • Download datasheet

Digi International XBee® RF Module

  • Low-cost/low-power, drop-in module provides wireless communication between the HB-LED board and the control board
  • Uses IEEE 802.15.4 networking protocol for fast point-to-multipoint or peer-to-peer networking
  • Download datasheet

National Semiconductor PowerWise® Temperature Sensor (LM94021)

  • LM94021 – PowerWise® Multi-Gain Analog Temperature Sensor
  • Measures the temperature of the operating environment near the HB-LED modules
  • Precision analog output CMOS integrated circuit temperature sensor that operates at supply voltage as low as 1.5V
  • Very accurate over wide temperature range of −50°C to +150°
  • Download datasheet

National Semiconductor PowerWise® LED Drivers (LM3407)

  • LM3407, PowerWise 350 mA, Constant-Current Output Floating Buck Switching Converter for High Power LEDs
  • Features a dimming input to enable LED brightness control by PWM
  • Low power shutdown and provides excellent heat dissipation and thermal performance
  • Download datasheet

Features

  • Solid-State Lighting Control and Light Mixing
  • Capacitive Touch Sensing
  • Ultra-Low-Power  S08QE
    8-bit Microcontroller
  • Ambient Light and Temperature Sensing
  • IEEE 802.15.4 2.4 GHz Wireless Communication

Benefits

  • Easy Implementation
  • Extended LED life
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Versatile for almost any application
  • Real-time Environment capacity
  • No need for traditional switches and buttons

Applications

  • Street/Parking Lot Lighting
  • Office Lighting
  • Landscape/Spa Lighting
  • Warehouse Lighting
  • High/Low Pressure Sodium Replacement
  • Fluorescent Light Replacement

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Now that you have the facts, register* today to get a live Demo of the Simplicity Kit from an Arrow Engineer. Let us show you the full capabilities of this simple solution and how it to speed you time-to-market. See for yourself how easy it can be to get wireless control, touch sensing, temperature sensing, ambient light sensing and much more.

Download the Simplicity Kit Reference Design

Download the reference design with full details how you and design using this solution. Let Arrow help you from concept through production with our best-in-class technical support and leading edge supply chain including our Arrow Consulting Engineering Support (ACES) program. This program puts you in touch with pre-screened, qualified and certified third party lighting solutions and design services companies to save you time, effort and resources.

Manufacturer Part Number Description Package
Freescale MC9S08QE128CFT 8-bit Microcontroller 48-pin QFN
Freescale MC9S08QE128CLD 8-bit Microcontroller 44-pin LQFP
Freescale MC9S08QE128CLH 8-bit Microcontroller 64-pin LQFP
Freescale MC9S08QE128CLK 8-bit Microcontroller 80-pin LQFP
Digi International XB24-AWI-001 XBee 802.15.4 Low-Power Module w/ Wire Antenna Custom Module
Cree XREWHT-L1-0000-009E7 XLamp XR-E Lighting Class Warm White Power LED 7mm x 9mm
Cree XREWHT-L1-0000-00D01 XLamp XR-E Lighting Class Cool White Power LED 7mm x 9mm
National Semiconductor LM3407MY 350mA. Constant Current Floating Buck Switching Converter for High Power LEDs 8-pin eMSOP-8
National Semiconductor LM94021BIMG Multi-gain Analog Temperature Sensor 5-pin SC70
OSRAM SFH 5711-2/3 High Accuracy Ambient Light Sensor 2.3 mm X 2.95 mm

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