Hyderabad: LEDChip Indus, a solid state lighting technologies enterprise, has plans to increase its workforce to about 500 from the current 200 as it is expanding its manufacturing capacity as well as strengthening its dealer network.
The 30-year-old semiconductor company is a specialist producer in custom spectrum LEDs for ultraviolet (C band) disinfection, horti-grow lighting, industrial curing, insect traps, skin treatments, medical and wellness lighting and mood lighting at its Kushaiguda factory.
“Capex will be about Rs 100 crore to Rs 200 crore in phases depending on demand. We will work with many ancillary industries particularly from the electronic manufacturing services (EMS) which design, assemble, produce and test electronic components and printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies for original equipment manufacturers. LEDChip Indus now has a capacity to make 50,000 LEDs per hour,” company Managing Director Vijaya Kumar Gupta told Telangana Today.
The company, among others, makes violet, blue and red coloured LEDs used for growing indoor plants. “We can create antioxidants and nutrients in tomatoes and other plants through the use of special spectrum lights. Some lettuce salads look colourful. Those colours are induced by the LED,” he said.
“UV-B (one of the three types of UV) is needed for absorbing vitamin D. The sun emits it around 10 am to 3 pm. However, the sun’s heat can be intense during this time. Alternatively, we can take the light from the UV booth, consisting only of UV-B LED lights. One can be there for 15 minutes to get the required exposure sans the heat,” he said.
“A particular wavelength (312 nm) light is used for treating vitiligo, a condition in which the skin loses its pigment cells and results in discolored patches on the body. We make LEDs that are used for treatment of this condition. Similarly, we manufacture LEDs that attract pests in farms. We also make products that find a use in the defence segment for non-destructive testing to evaluate and collect data about a material, system or component without permanently altering it. Generally, a high watt white light source is used in a car tail lamp and a red filter is used over it. If we use a red LED, we can reduce the lamp power by about 90 per cent,” he said about the range of products made by the company.
The company recently launched Raypure, a non-UV disinfection system that combines general lighting with germicidal power that kills airborne bacteria, viruses and fungus. It will help hospital ICUs to reduce infections like the black fungus. It can also be used in crowded places like malls, cafeterias, metro coaches, offices, schools, classrooms, clinics and hospitals.
“We have integrated well-researched germicidal wavelengths at the chip level itself. This wavelength is not present in the incandescent lights, tube lights, CFLs or even the normal LED lights. We have applied for patents for this. We can make 1,00,000 units a month and will expand the capacity ten-fold in days to come as demand increases,” said Gupta.
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