LED Mounts and Lenses Information
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LED mounts and lenses and other components and equipment, including cable assemblies, used to mount LEDs and shape or transfer light output. Other components in this area include LED light pipes, LED light guides, headers, connectors interconnects, and assemblies. LED mounts and lenses are available for many different wavelength, power, and size ranges.
Types and Functions
LED mounts are components and hardware used for mounting LEDs to printed circuit boards, panels, etc. This is the mount only, LED is not included.
LED lenses can include square, domed, or any specialty type lens. This is the lens only, LED is not included.
LED Components and Hardware
LED light pipes are components and hardware used to transfer light from an LED to a desired location. This is the light pipe only, LED is not included.
LED headers or connectors are used as an interface between a printed circuit board and an LED connector.
An LED interconnect is a mount with interconnecting wires. An interconnect mount is designed to provide a complete solution for mounting and powering an LED. This is the wire and mount only, LED is not included.
An LED assembly is a combination of mounting hardware and lens or light pipe with integral LED.
Specifications of LED Mounts and Lenses
Important parameters to consider when specifying LED mounts and lenses are the number of LEDs and number of leads.
The number of LEDs specifies the number of LEDs the mount, lens, or light pipe can handle.
The number of leads the mount is designed to handle; the majority of mounts are built to handle two or three leads.
There are a large number of LED types that LED mounts or lenses can be designed to handle. These include
T-3/4 (1.8 mm), 2 mm, T-1 (3 mm), 3.2 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm, 7.6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 20 mm, 1 mm x 5 mm, 2 mm x 3 mm, 2 mm x 4 mm, 2 mm x 5 mm, 2.5 mm x 5 mm, 3 mm x 3 mm, 5 mm x 5 mm, and High Flux (7.6 mm x 7.6 mm).
Mounting styles for LED mounts and lenses can be right angle or ninety degrees, PCB, and panel. LED mounts with a coupling interlock to produce one continuous mount. High temperature LED mounts or lenses are designed for high temperature applications.
The LED lens style can be domed, flat, Fresnel, or diffused. Lens color can be amber, black, blue, clear, green, natural, red, or yellow.