LED manufacturer Bridgelux has announced a $25 million investment from Kaistar Lighting, and an SSL project in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that uses luminaires from Amerlux.
Bridgelux has raised an additional $25 million dollars in investment capital to further its development and manufacturing of LEDs for general-illumination applications, with the new funding coming from Xiamen, China-based Kaistar Lighting. The company also announced a new Tulsa, Oklahoma SSL street- and area-lighting project that it has undertaken in partnership with Amerlux.
"This investment marks the beginning of our cooperation with Kaistar to lead the transition to solid-state lighting," said Bridgelux CEO Bill Watkins. "Kaistar’s cost-competitive manufacturing capabilities combined with Bridgelux’s high-performance packaging solutions will continue to drive down the cost of solid-state technology for general lighting, helping to more rapidly expand the market for LED."
The statement in the above paragraph certainly implies a partnership between Bridgelux and Kaistar. Partnering with a Chinese lighting maker could certainly provide an avenue for success to Bridgelux in supplying LEDs into the Chinese market. Moreover, a manufacturing partner with low-cost and high-volume skills could also benefit Bridgelux in terms of supplying its LEDs into the global market.
Tulsa street lights
Meanwhile Bridgelux is finding success with its existing family of sapphire-based packaged LEDs and arrays including the ES series that is used in the Amerlux D142 and D154 decorative street lights.