Frequently Asked Questions

Q.) Does PureSpectrum, Inc. manufacture lighting products?
PureSpectrum, Inc. is a technology firm which owns multiple patent and patent applicatios for electronic ballast technology that can be licensed to lighting manufacturers to be integrated into their existing lighting products to improve performance. In addition to licensing and joint development, the company has arranged contract manufacturing in China to produce and market PureSpectrum branded lighting products. The company completed a full line of multiple wattage dimmable CFL prototypes in 2008 and plans to have inventory ready to ship to utility companies or retail outlets in the first quarter of 2009.

Q.) What does the future hold for PureSpectrum Technology?
Because of the transitional period being experienced within the lighting industry, the future will be extremely exciting for PureSpectrum. The company’s already rapid growth and expansion will accelerate as the technology continues to open eyes within the lighting and energy industries. PureSpectrum will continue to refine and improve its technologies and products while identifying additional applications and revenue streams for its energy efficient, cost effective artificial lighting. PureSpectrum will remain a technology company first and remain committed to discovering new methods to improve the efficiency, functionality and cost to manufacture of energy efficient artificial lighting. 

Q.) What type of lamps will your technology drive?
PureSpectrum’s family of proprietary technologies have been proven to be fully compatible with Compact Fluorescent Lamps, linear fluorescent lamps, High Intensity Discharge lighting and Light Emmitting Diode lighting products.

Q.) What are the benefits of replacing current technology in our ballasts with PureSpectrum’s technologies?
Almost too numerous to list. Implementing PureSpectrum’s technologies will result in direct and indirect benefits for consumers, manufacturers and the utilities industry. Consumers will benefit by having access to cost effective, dependable, high performance lighting applications which promote energy efficiency and protect energy quality. Manufacturers will benefit from being able to meet increasingly strict energy efficiency mandates while offering cost effective energy efficient products that satisfy consumer performance standards. Utility companies will benefit from being able to continue consumer education about the importance of energy efficiency and power quality while also providing consumers with access to energy efficient lighting products engineered to protect power quality. Additionally, the environment will benefit from the integration of PureSpectrum’s dimming technologies for CFLs and linear fluorescents that will enable the mainstream adoption of other energy saving concepts such as daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors for both residential and commercial applications.

Q.) Why is dimming critical to greening the lighting industry?                                                                                   The U.S. Department of Energy has identified dimming as one of the most important performance characteristics for the lighting industry to address as country makes the transition away from incandescent bulbs, because reliable dimming for new lighting is necessary to enable the mass introduction of lighting systems which take advantage of energy conservation strategies such as daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors. PureSpectrum’s dimming ballast circuitry for CFL bulbs and design for a dimming control device to operate a truly dimmable CFL bulb are the most important advances in dimming CFLs.

Q.) What is the significance of Power Factor?                                                                                                                        Power Factor is a complicated ratio of active vs. reactive power which measures energy quality, and the global transition away from incandescent bulbs is going to bring Power Factor to light as an important purchasing factor for consumers during the next few years. Lighting is one of the primary energy consumers in residential settings, and because incandescent bulbs have a perfect Power Factor of 1.0 utility companies have never needed to closely monitor residential Power Factor. However, CFL bulbs are made with varying Power Factor ratings, and recent research in New Zealand indicates that a massive infusion of low Power Factor  CFLs will cause utility companies to introduce expensive corrective mechanisms which consumers will ultimately be forced to pay for. PureSpectrum’s ballast technology for both standard and dimmable CFLs is built with high Power Factor correction - above .9 - to ensure that consumers who choose products powered by PureSpectrum technology are not punished by the hidden cost for Power Factor correction.              

Q.) What is different about your technology versus today’s existing ballasts?
Conventional electronic ballasts were developed and patented more than two decades ago. Working from a base science which stresses simplicity and maximum performance, PureSpectrum, Inc. has developed a circuit topology that rejects the conventional design in favor of circuitry that produces a pure waveform and reduces harmonic distortion. 

Q.) Can you explain how your technology works?
The base science driving PureSpectrum’s proprietary circuit design conserves energy and enables enhanced performance by more efficiently processing electric current from the power source through the ballast to the lamp. The unnecessary heat generated within the ballast components of conventional electronic ballasts leads to the production of wasted energy. Ballasts built with PureSpectrum’s technologies regulate the flow of current in direct correlation to the amount of power required to light the lamp, resulting in optimum performance and high Power Factor. Increased efficiency is created through the use of very high frequency synchronous switching, leading to a constant waveform during power conversion and virtually eliminating heat losses. As a result of this alteration in the mechanics of the lighting device, the amount of unproductive power is reduced and more light is created from less energy.