LOuss and Best companies’ CEO, Philippe Alibert, was among the few who had faith in the LED technology in the early 2000s. He undertook an ambitious research and development programme in order to offer high-end, efficient and innovative LED lightings. This strategic choice relies partly on the benefit of LED technology for environmental protection.
LED advantages versus other lighting technologies
Higher light efficiency and less power consumption
Life span up to 25 times greater
Constant improvement of LED performance: every decade, the cost per lumen falls by a factor of 10, and the amount of light generated per LED package increases by a factor of 20 (Haitz’s law)
Performance doubles every 36 months
LED do not damage the product
LED have small footprint
The factory fully lit by LEDs appears as an obvious choice
In 2011, Best-LOuss unveiled its brand new factory, entirely lit by LEDs.
Offices lighting: About 5W/m2 for 500 to 600 Lux (power usually required for the same result with traditional technologies: 10W/m2)
Factory’s lighting (height: 6.50m): about 8W/m2 for 500 Lux (power usually required for the same result with traditional technologies: 15W/m2)
Production’s network of LOuss LED luminaires
As a French manufacturer of LED lightings, LOuss decided to source local subcontractors and suppliers, whenever possible.
PCBs are manufactured in the department of Côte d’Or
The machining of the mechanic parts is realised in the department of Côte d’Or
80% of optics are purchased in the department of Ain
Polishing is performed in the department of Jura
The powder coating plant is located 5km from the factory
Aluminium anodisation is realised in the department of Doubs
Galvanization is performed in the department of Jura
Wires are purchased in the department of Puy-de-Dôme
Wiring harnesses are manufactured in the department of Côte d'Or
Small components such as screws are locally bought
In short, 90% of purchased components and subcontracted operations are performed regionally.
Only 20% of optics and all of the LEDs must be bought abroad because of lacking nearby alternatives (optics: Finland, LEDs: Asia).