Canton Township-based Duo-Gard Industries Inc. said it would roll out its new LED-based Lumenatrix backlighting system at the Lightfair 2011 trade show.

The system offers the new option of a shallow box that requires only a three-inch cavity and uses only one-tenth the typical number of LEDs, making it an ideal alternative to current edge lighting.

With low-voltage energy consumption of one watt per square foot, this patent-pending system produces even, consistent, controllable backlighting that’s integrated with translucent glazing materials to create walls, ceilings, partitions, accents, canopies and facades.

Consistent with LEED compliance, Lumenatrix integrates three prime features desired by designers today: high efficiency, design versatility and unique aesthetics. The system’s LEDs have a typical life 5.5 times longer than power-heavy fluorescents and provide consistent illumination without hot spots or shadows. Available for interior and exterior applications, the system cuts maintenance costs with regularly scheduled replacements annually or semi-annually as needed.

Lumenatrix panels are engineered with a structural power rail system and a unique heat sink designed for protection against overheating. Available in large prefabricated panels or small polygon-shaped tiles, Lumenatrix offers glazing choices in translucent acrylic or polycarbonate. The system functions as both true illumination and aesthetic accent.

“Our shallow box option offers a new designer dimension in energy-efficient LED lighting with aesthetic appeal that has tremendous potential for a wide commercial market,” said David Miller, president of Duo-Gard. “Lumenatrix can be customized for large or small projects whose specifications call for a new level of savings, sustainability and aesthetics.”

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