TE Connectivity of Dharmstadt, Germany, has announced a new addition to its solderless LED socket series, the Type NL2 socket for NICHIA COB-L LEDs. The socket was designed specifically for chip-on-board LEDs from NICHIA. It is suitable for applications such as retail lighting, commercial down lights and high bay lighting. According to the company, the new socket provides a reliable mechanical and electrical connection of an LED onto a heat sink.
The company points out that connecting LEDs without the need for manual soldering offers many benefits. TE notes that soldering is a time-consuming process, and solder flux splatter can possibly damage the light emitting area of the LED. Additionally, a solder termination is awkward to undo and over time can become a weak point that can considerably reduce the reliability of the connection.