Innovation Timeline

Never Before Possible Solutions

Lumileds is a global innovation leader. Our advances in OEM and aftermarket automotive lighting and accessories, camera flash for mobile devices, and light sources for general illumination, horticulture, and human-centric lighting enable our partners and customers to deliver never before possible solutions for lighting, safety, and well-being.

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Introduction of the Philips “1/2 Watt” bulb for car headlamps

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First dual filament car lamp (Philips Duplo) laid the foundations of car lighting, enabling public use of electric headlamps.

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Introduction of modern motor-car lighting: Philips Duplolux Selectiva

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Introduction of bicycle lighting sets: Philips Philidyne

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Car lamp with asymmetrical passing beam: launch of Philips Duplo-d

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First to introduce Halogen headlighting technology in the market (H1 bulb type)

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Commercialization of LEDs by HP optoelectronics division

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First H4 Halogen bulb

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HP LEDs used in HP-35 calculator and first digital watch (Hamilton Pulsar)

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Record efficiency of double heterostructure AlGaAs (650nm) LEDs on transparent substrate

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High volume manufacturing of double heterostructure AlGaAs LEDs

90s

Pioneering AlInGaP LED innovation

  • First publication and commercial introduction of red and yellow AlInGaP LEDs
  • Continual performance breakthroughs

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First Xenon HID bulb

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First LED rear applique (Ford Thunderbird)

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First H7 Halogen bulb

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Introduced LED package designed specifically for automotive lighting: SuperFlux

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First cost-effective LED solution for automotive lighting: SnapLED

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First 0.5W high power LED

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  • First automotive LED front turn signal lamp (Hyundai Equus)
  • First 100 lm/W LED: Record efficiency for AlInGaP LEDs
  • Lumileds becomes a joint venture between Philips and Agilent

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  • First full automotive LED rear combination lamp (Cadillac DeVille)
  • First aftermarket Halogen automotive headlight bulb: BlueVision
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  • First introduction of high power AlGaInN FlipChip light-emitting diodes
  • Philips introduced high-performance signaling lamps: HiPerVision
01-2003
  • First 1W power LED: LUXEON I
  • First 3W and 5W LUXEON power LED families
  • Industry's first warm white LED
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  • First TV backlit with LEDs (Sony Qualia 005)
  • First LED for functional phone camera flash used in the Sony Ericsson: LUXEON PWF1
  • First LED daytime running lamp (Audi A8 W12)

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  • Philips acquired Agilent Technologies’ interest in Lumileds
  • Lumileds introduced Thin Film Flip Chip architecture (TFFC): High efficiency, highest “punch” LED architecture for lighting

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  • First full LED headlamp (Audi R8) enabled by first generation of LUXEON Altilon
  • World’s smallest, lowest cost power LED introduced: LUXEON Rebel, redefining power LED packaging
  • First to publish evidence of Auger recombination as the cause for epi droop
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  • First Xenon upgrades: Xenon UltraBlue
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  • First to develop and manufacture ceramic phosphor for high-performance amber applications,enabling industry first PC Amberproduct: LUXEON Rebel PC Amber
  • Launch of automotive accessory business
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  • World’s first to ship 1 billion high power LEDs
  • First to mass produce power LEDs on 150mm wafers
  • First to introduce Freedom from Binning products: LUXEON A and LUXEON S
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  • Enabled first true replacement for 60 Watt bulb, 90 lm/W, 900 lm, 90CRI DOE L-prize bulb
  • First fully integrated HID system (D5S)
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  • First Chip-in-Frame LED product based on 8mm² multi-junction architecture for high bay and outdoor applications with leading lm/W performance: LUXEON M
  • First 50 Watt equivalent perfect-fit GU10, enabled by LUXEON H
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  • World’s first Chip Scale Package LED
  • First combined LED lightguide, daytime running light and front turn signal (Audi A3)
  • First color tunable cell phone flash
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  • The Philips Lumileds LED business and the Philips Automotive lighting business are combined into a standalone operating entity: Lumileds
  • New state-of-the-art 2-filament Halogen (H18 & H19)
  • Introduced nitride red phosphor with record-low FWHM: SLA
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  • RacingVision: most powerful Halogen ever
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  • First illumination-grade LEDs with quantum dots
  • First H7 LED with SafeBeam and AirCool technology
  • Lumileds officially an independent company
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First Thin-Film-Side-Coat (TFSC) technology allowing for the design of significantly smaller, lighter, and more cost-efficient matrix arrays.

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  • First LED Headlamp (H7) retrofit bulb certified road-legal
  • First LED designed for deep dimming applications: LUXEON 3030 HE Plus Deep Dimming

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  • Lumileds simplifies and speeds development of human centric lighting solutions with introduction of LUXEON SkyBlue™
  • First road legal H4-LED headlight bulb for retrofitting halogen lamps