Last month, Tustin, CA-based Permlight Products Inc. formally launched Brillia, a new division designed to work with lighting manufacturers to bring new solid-state lighting (SSL) concepts to market.
The announcement caps off several years of research, development and manufacturing partnerships by Permlight. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs could potentially reduce lighting's electricity appetite by as much as 33 percent nationwide. With this in mind, Brillia is moving forward with a roster of more than 100 LED fixtures developed for seven well-known lighting brands.
"By creating and announcing Brillia, we are formalizing what we have been doing for the last four years, which is partnering with [original equipment manufacturers] to expand the possibilities of solid-state lighting," said Michael Keddington, co-CEO of Permlight, in a media release. "Brillia was born from Permlight’s numerous successes collaborating with our customers to integrate bright, efficient, long-lasting light engines into fixtures and lighting systems designed for both residential and commercial use."
Brillia's announcement continues Permlight’s track record of technological achievement in the SSL industry. The firm's Enbryten LED line won several awards and recognitions, including a place on GreenSpec/Environmental Building News' "Top 10 Green Building Products" list. Permlight has 13 patents in its portfolio, including a 2001 breakthrough that allowed LED chips to be bracketed by a metal frame to reduce the amount of heat generated by each chip.
Though Brillia's name is relatively new, the division itself has been partnering with manufacturers to build LED-drive light engines for several years. In 2004, Permlight/Brillia joined with Chloride Systems, part of the Philips Group, to develop a new line of outdoor LED architectural fixtures. In 2005, the firm has partnered with Cole Lighting to produce LED step lights. And a collaborative venture with Kim Lighting yielded two new outdoor flood lighting lines (Micro-Flood and Minivault), which delivered illumination considerably warmer in color temperature than typical outdoor LED products.
Caption for Permlight Dining Room.jpg: Downlights featuring Brillia light engines illuminate this dining room, which was designed by Debi Bodinus of Los Angeles-based D'Bodinus Eco-Luxury.