Xicato Offers Industry’s First Color Consistency Warranty: SAN JOSE, Calif.-based Xicato, a leading developer of LED modules for retail, hospitality and architectural environments, has unveiled a “Five-Year Color Consistency and Lumen Maintenance Warranty” that is reportedly the first industry warranty that guarantees modules in an installation will deliver visually consistent light from luminaire to luminaire for a five-year period.
“Our warranty is unprecedented within our industry in terms of its scope. No other light source maker – LED or otherwise – guarantees color consistency,” says Menko de Roos, co-founder and CEO of Xicato.
To further end-user and specifier confidence, Xicato approached Munich Re to evaluate Xicato’s Corrected Cold Phosphor Technology®, product qualification and manufacturing processes to assess the risk of a potential product failure, and to underwrite an insurance policy backing the new warranty. Munich Re’s decision to underwrite was ultimately based on that review, a lack of LED module field returns and up to 9,000 hours of reliability testing.
“We are delighted to have concluded the first contract of this kind for LED module technology with Xicato,” says Thomas Blunck, member of Munich Re’s Board of Management. “As with other performance warranty covers, we relieve manufacturers or investors of part of the risk, thereby facilitating the use of new technologies.”
The new warranty, without fine print, will be granted to luminaires that have successfully passed Xicato’s rigorous Thermal Validation Program (TVP). First launched in 2011, the TVP has allowed OEMs, at no cost, to submit their luminaires for testing and certification. The TVP typically takes less than a week.
A copy of the complete warranty, as well as a current list of validated luminaires that carry the warranty, is available on Xicato’s Web site, www.xicato.com.