At Tucana, we invest a lot of time and energy in designing and development of our products. Our research covers various aspects of solid state lighting technology.
As of today, Tucana holds over 24 design and technology patents altogether. These protect our proprietary knowledge in various subjects like effective thermal management of the LED chip, light distribution patterns and optics, ergonomic ‘swivelgear’ mounting mechanisms, robust ingress protection, simplified product assembly and minimalism.
Here is a glimpse of our research team’s work:
The ‘heatsink-cum-reflector’ approach increases the heat dissipation surface area by many folds by harnessing the ‘free’ surface area of the reflector. This has been done for the first time in the world and Tucana expects to exploit this technique in order to create products with superior performance and yet an affordable price.
We went a little too far to design what we call the ‘Swivelgear hinge’. We realized that the Beamstream could be converted to a ‘hi-mast’ or a ‘flood light’ provided it had a good wall mounting mechanism. We were not very happy to see what we found as the ‘mounting mechanism’ on other hi-mast flood lights in the market. The mechanisms were either pretty loose or very tight. So we ended up inventing the world’s only spring loaded, swivel geared, MoS2 filled, self lubricating hinge!
The multipurpose light cover has been invented to perform the functions of many different parts of an industrial LED light fixture. It acts as a cover (protects leds from mechanical damage), a light diffuser, an ingress protector and a support flange. It also acts as the fulcrum for the fastening and the assembly of the entire LED fixture. The 5 Stainless steel ‘insert molded’ bolts have been designed such that the entire fixture is fastened to them. Hence, the entire Tucana 70W baylight fixture with over 50 different components gets assembled with just 5 bolts!
This approach to minimalize the number of fastening operations(human interference needed) drastically reduces the chances of failure arising from unintentional human error and mechanical vulnarability . This design philosophy is similar to the one practiced in aerospace engineering.
This has happened for the first time in the history of the lighting industry.
This is one of a kind spun-aluminium parabolic LED fixture. It has been designed to accommodate the LED PCB, the heat sink as well as the constant current power supply. Constructing a seamless parabolic shape from 2mm thick aluminium almost seemed impossible at first. But the desire to get the shape kept us going. After over 4 months of trials, we could finally get a CNC lathe churned Die which effectively aided an expert metal spinner to give the parabola its iconic shape and proportions.
This is specially designed and crafted ‘cable gland’. It insures that the cable ‘exits’ in all tucana products are watertight. Each of these is churned to the final shape in an auto-lathe from high purity brass. They are later nickel and Chrome plated. A high tensile silicone O-ring gasket makes the seal.