LED technology has long been hailed as the future of lighting technology. Despite the energy
savings, lower maintenance costs and impressive lifespan, something has been holding the
LED revolution back. Especially in architectural environments, the harsh glare of LEDs
and lack of optical control had overshadowed the cost benefits.
This got Eaton thinking: What if we could reimagine the way LEDs worked, right from the
source, and take lighting design — and the industry — in an entirely new direction?
New reflections on what a reflector can be
The fundamental job of a lighting fixture is to steer light as it leaves its source, typically
using reflectors, diffusers or other mechanics. But when you consider LED applications in
backlit and edgelit electronics displays, it opens the door to some radically different thinking.
behind the beauty
Patented optical coupling maximizes the amount of light injected into the WaveStream panel, dramatically improving luminaire efficiency. Laser-precise AccuAim optics arranged in exacting patterns provide unparalleled brightness control while delivering optimal distributions tailored to each fixture and application.
The breakthrough came when engineers realized they could make a light panel act like a reflector, effectively combining two components into one. By molding complex patterns of tiny, computer-designed "prisms" into optical-grade acrylic, it became possible to redirect edgelit LED light with exceedingly high precision and accuracy.
Taking control of light
WaveStream is actually an integrated set of components that no other technology can match. It starts with advanced couplings that maximize the amount of light sent into an optical-grade acrylic panel. As light travels though the acrylic it gets reflected and redirected by advanced prisms, called AccuAim optics, into precise distribution patterns. The result is a luminous plane of light that can be designed to fit just about any residential, commercial or industrial application.
Armed with WaveStream technology, Eaton brought together an expert team of mechanical, optical, industrial and thermal engineers to explore never-before-seen luminaire designs for increased efficiency and decreased wattage consumption. The WaveStream team launched nine product families and quickly changed the way architects and contractors think about lighting environments, from the shop floor and offices to outdoor lighting, parking garages and design accents.