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Sentry Electric employs Zhaga-based LED modules in award-winning outdoor luminaires

Posted on Thursday July 25 2013, by Tim Whitaker

Sentry Electric, a US-based LED luminaire manufacturer, is using Zhaga-based modules in a number of its products for outdoor lighting.

Key facts

Zhaga-based products: Philips Fortimo HBMt LED modules from Philips Lighting. Designed to be compliant with Zhaga interface specification Book 4.


Sentry Electric, a lighting company based in Freeport, NY, has incorporated Zhaga-based LED modules into a number of its outdoor post-top luminaires. 

The company recently won a 2013 Product Innovation Award (PIA) for its Central Park LED luminaire, which contains a LED module designed according to Zhaga interface specification Book 4.

The post-top luminaire, which has a distinctive historical design, contains a reflector system that delivers indirect lighting from the LED module.

The PIA awards are organized annually by Architectural SSL magazine. The PIA judges commented: “It is great to see Zhaga-compliant LED modules being used for the outdoor pedestrian lighting while providing all of the necessary [lighting] distributions for different applications.” 

In another example, Sentry announced the installation of outdoor LED luminaires and bollards at the Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY. A total of 35 single- and multi-head poles were fitted with Battery Park luminaires that contain Zhaga-compliant modules.

Benefits of using Zhaga-based modules

Michael Shatzkin, Director of Marketing and Business Development with Sentry Electric, explained why his company uses Zhaga-based LED modules in some of its luminaires:

Q. What specific benefits do you see – both for yourself and your customers – that come from choosing Zhaga-based modules?

A. We see Zhaga-based module as offering interchangeability with multiple LED manufacturers, as well as facilitating future upgrades as LED technology continuously improves.

Q. Is it beneficial to you to be able to promote your luminaires as being Zhaga-based?

A. On our website, in our marketing materials, and in sales presentations, we tout that we have products that use Zhaga-based modules. It has been hard for us to precisely measure the value of using Zhaga-based modules, but we know that our customers and sales representatives react positively when they begin to understand the extra value that we bring. 

As the Zhaga story begins to become more widely understood, and as more Zhaga-based products become available and then ultimately utilized in a variety of products, Zhaga-certification would then have a chance of influencing specification and purchasing decisions.

Q. Can you give more details of the Zhaga-based LED modules in the Central Park and Battery Park luminaires?

A. The same LED module was used in each luminaire, namely the Philips Fortimo HBMt. This is compliant with Zhaga Book 4. At present, we only use modules from Philips in this application.

Q. Do you have other luminaires that use Zhaga modules?

A. We use Zhaga modules in our Tulip Series (pictured), Acorn Series, and most of our Lantern Series.  All are post-top luminaires.

Q. If a customer wanted to upgrade their fixtures, e.g. with a more powerful and/or more efficient module, is this something you would generally do in the field or in the factory? Do the Zhaga specifications make this easier?

A. The upgrade could theoretically take place either in the field or factory.  If it takes place in the factory, that would offer a more controlled environment, and we could be more assured that the upgraded product would suitably perform in terms of optics, heat dissipation, mechanical integrity, etc.  Having a Zhaga-based module facilitates future upgrading.

More information

Sentry Electric:  www.sentrylighting.com