Astralux Quality Process
ASTRALUX 'S SUPERIORITY OVER LOW QUALITY PRODUCTS
What makes a good lamp???
Three vital ingredients of a good lamp are the three M's
MATERIAL MAN MACHINE
There's an age old saying 'As you so sow, so shall you reap'. The quality of a lamp will always be dependent on the quality of components that go into its making. Astralux , with its very strong vendor development department in conjunction with a very well equipped quality department ensures that only the best goes into lamps coming out of the factory.
Components can be classified into two parts.
i) components that go into the making of a ballast.
ii) components that form the capsule.
COMPONENTS THAT FORM THE CORE:
1) Glass and Coating Material: -
Astralux uses an environment friendly glass that has low sodium content and also use protective coating on the glass, which arrests the release of sodium from the glass and helps in maintaining lumens. Sodium is poisonous and highly reactive to Mercury and Tri band phosphor, hence it is necessary to prevent interaction between the two. Low quality manufacturers use poor quality glass tubing, which has high soda content, and are also unaware of the usage of protective coating.
Astralux uses tri band phosphor from Europe, which produce 15%-40% higher lumens with lumen depreciation at 2000hrs of about 15% while the low cost products have a lumen depreciation of 25-35% at 2000hrs. Astralux does not recycle the waste phosphor while small makers recycle it many times. The recycling has negative impact on the lumen and lumen depreciation.
Astralux uses emitters from Japan and are able to automatically control the emitter retention weight on the cathode. Further the cathodes are imported from Philips Europe, for which the emitter application is correctly and precisely controlled. Emitter is one of the most important points, which controls the lamp life in normal switching on off application.
Astralux uses special high quality gas mixture in the lamp and also control the gas pressure precisely on the higher range in order to achieve the specified lamp life
Astralux uses glow starters from Europe and America, which are of very high quality and have steady starting characteristics that helps in quick and efficient starting of the lamp. Most of the low quality makers are using poor quality starters, which have short life and very inconsistent starting characteristics because of lower rated voltages. The switching cycle life of our starters exceeds 50000 switching cycles while most of the low quality lamps have very low switching cycle life, typically between 500-2000 cycles.
Astralux uses plastic components, which are UV stabilized and fire retardant; hence they do not lose their strength and colour over its life, are safer and comply with international safety standards.
Astralux employs the services of the best in the trade facilitated by a liberal approach of the authorities where there are no restrictions to hire personnel of any nationality. This enables Astralux to pick and choose from a wide selection of available manpower resources.
Astralux has over the years developed the expertise to fabricate and commission lamp-making lines. This enables us to design and modify machines relatively easily to suit various requirements.
Astralux lamps are tested by independent Test houses such as RWTUV of Germany. UL and ULC, TCA Australia Rowland Laboratories of UK and EMC Test Laboratories. All of these testify to Astralux's claim of superior quality lamps. Most low quality manufacturers' claims are self-declarations without certifications