Sunlite Science & Technology, Inc.
Solid State Lighting (SSL) refers to lighting applications that make use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or light-emitting polymers. While many people might consider LED lighting a new technology, Sunlite Science & Technology, Inc. has been working on it for nearly 20 years. Sunlite was founded in 1996 as an LED chip and wafer manufacturing company. In its early years, Sunlite used Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) technology to fabricate LED chips that were sold to assembly companies. In 2000, Sunlite won the Competitive Award from the Kansas Enterprises Technology Corporation to develop Aluminum-Indium-Gallium-Phosphide (AlInGaP) High Brightness LED (HB-LED) products using MOCVD.
It did not take long to realize that most LED products on the market fell far short of reaching their full potential. Traditional chip manufacturing methods are widespread, and each step of the process is often performed by a different company. Armed with expertise in LED chip manufacturing, Sunlite began making its own LED lighting products with a new, application-specific design. Sunlite uses vertical integration in its manufacturing process and controls all aspects of its LED product design and production. Sunlite’s products are designed and assembled in the USA.
Sunlite has been designing application-specific LED products since 2005. Sunlite patent application in 2006 was patented in 2008, While most LED lighting manufacturers place their LED chips on a Metal Core Printed Circuit Board (MC-PCB) and use plastic coverings, Sunlite’s AS-LED design places LED chips directly onto an aluminum housing (that acts as a heat sink) and uses glass lens coverings. This design leads to unmatched heat dissipation, lighting efficiency, and operating lifetime, even compared with other types of LEDs.
A technology-oriented company, Sunlite is growing in its business focus and ran its business operations through the Lawrence Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) from 2010-2013 before moving to a new Lawrence office and warehouse facility. Sunlite was nominated for the 2013 business of the year award by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. Sunlite has also worked with the Kansas small business development center (KSBDC) and was awarded the 2014 Existing Business of the Year by the KSBDC. In 2015, Sunlite was given a Top 25 Outstanding Businesses award by Thinking Bigger Business Media, Inc. Sunlite is proud to innovate and continually design products for a variety of unique applications, and in 2016 Sunlite’s proposal to design Switching Electronics for Space-based Telescopes with Advanced Adaptive Optic (AO) Systems was selected for a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Award.
Sunlite continues to grow its manufacturing capabilities and expand its product lines and is proud to offer a wide selection of LED products to fit its client’s needs. Uses for Sunlite’s LED products now include Green Wall lighting, Horticulture lighting, and UV curing applications. Sunlite also makes a variety of exceptional flashlights, penlights, mechanics lights, vehicle lights, and accessories. For more on these products please visit our Power LED Lighting Website!
Sunlite’s UL-certified lighting products maximize the benefits of LED technology, and our fixtures produce the maximum LED light output for their size. With a variety of light fixtures and custom lighting designs, Sunlite’s innovative products are now being integrated into sustainable lighting designs around the world.
All of Sunlite’s LED light fixtures can be incorporated into an existing Smart Lighting setup. They may also easily be upgraded into Sunlite’s Smart Controlled setup without having to change the original fixtures. Select Sunlite models come with Color Temperature Tuning and RGB Color Changing options as well. As of 2016, Sunlite has a 21,000 ft2 office headquarters & warehouse building and a 58,000 ft2 manufacturing facility (shown below).