Ningbo Baishi Achieves First EU Stage 5 CFL Qualification
NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced that China-based Ningbo Baishi Electric Co., Ltd. is the world’s first compact fluorescent lamp manufacturer to pass Stage 5 of the EU Ecodesign requirements for non-directional household lamps, which go into effect on September 1, 2013. The T4 2U non-dimmable CFL from Ningbo Baishi, which uses the NXP UBA2211 driver based on GreenChip technology, has been certified as meeting and exceeding the second level of functionality of the EU Ecodesign requirements (Stage 5), which include longer lifetime, very-high switching cycles, and excellent lumen maintenance before failure.
Ningbo Baishi, which supplies fluorescent as well as LED lamps to major retailers worldwide, is using NXP’s high-efficiency CFL driver ICs in all of its compact fluorescents. In addition to supplying retailers throughout Asia, Ningbo Baishi currently supplies major retail chains in Europe and North America, including Carrefour in France, Aldi and Lidl in Germany, and many others.
“Compact fluorescent lamps offer tremendous energy savings, but as many consumers know, not all CFLs are the same. Higher-quality fluorescent lamps can last twice as long – or even longer – compared to lower-end fluorescent bulbs, delivering significant cost savings over time. Higher-quality CFLs are also much more environmentally friendly since they reduce waste,” said Zhang Liqiang, president, Ningbo Baishi Electric Co., Ltd. “The European Union is currently driving the most demanding requirements for compact fluorescents in terms of quality, performance, and lifespan. We are very pleased to be able to offer Stage 5-certified energy-efficient lamps to our customers worldwide.”
“We congratulate Ningbo Baishi on achieving Stage 5 certification, and are very pleased that NXP GreenChip CFL drivers are part of that success,” said Stephane Curral, vice president and general manager, power and lighting solutions product line, NXP Semiconductors. “At NXP, we’ve specifically designed CFL driver ICs with the most demanding specifications in mind, as we firmly believe that consumers who use energy-saving lamps deserve the best lighting experience possible. Working together with key customers such as Ningbo Baishi, we’re showing that fluorescent lamps using GreenChip technology can live up to these specifications and greatly improve product quality and lifetime.”
The NXP UBA2211 family offers a fully integrated CFL driver along with a current-controlled preheat function, enabling more-compact lamp designs, highly efficient power conversion, and extended CFL lifetimes in the range of 12,000 to 15,000 hours. Designed to provide easy integration of lamp loads across a range of burner power and mains voltages, the UBA2211 family features an exceptionally small form factor.
About the collaborators
Founded in May 2007, Ningbo Baishi Electric Co., Ltd., is a national-level new-tech enterprise headquartered in China. The company’s main business areas include energy-saving lamps, LED light sources, LED light fixtures, and integrated IC design and development. Ningbo Baishi’s factory has passed ISO9001:2008 international quality management system certification, as well as European BSCI business social responsibility standard certification. The company’s products have certificates and approval from GS, CE, ROHS, UL, and CQC. Ningbo Baishi develops and owns patents in 20 major product series, covering more than 300 different products sold in China, Japan, Europe (including Germany, UK, France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, and the Netherlands), and North America. www.baishi-light.com/en/
NXP Semiconductors N.V. provides high-performance, mixed-signal and standard product solutions that leverage its leading RF, analog, power management, interface, security, and digital processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer, and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.2 billion in 2011.