Dialight intros new 655 series of snap-in panel-mount indicators

By Warren Miller, contributing writer

Almost every
electronic device you can buy that’s larger than a bread box (and many things
that are smaller) incorporates LED lighting — from home appliances and
children’s toys to dashboards in automobiles. Without LEDs, you might not ever
know that you’re low on gas or that your smoke detector needs new batteries. Dialight
recently announced its new 655 series of half-inch
snap-in panel-mount indicators
, providing an RoHS-compliant solution
for a variety of LED-reliant applications.

With
plug-and-play installation, the 655 series’ circuitry is built in and doesn’t
require any additional resistors or components to meet 12-V or 24-V system compatibility.
Solder joint connections allow the 655 series to function more
efficiently and with a longer life span than its predecessors, while brass and
nickel-plated terminals with a polycarbonate housing ensure high-performance
levels at temperatures ranging from –20°C to 85°C.

Available in both
dome and flat lenses and in red, green, yellow, and blue colors, the 655 series
offers a wide range of options for panel-mount applications in everything from
cars to medical equipment. The dome versions are available with wire leads,
while the flat lenses are available with wire leads or brass nickel-plated 250
Faston terminals.

Photo courtesy of Dialight.

Given the
pervasive use of LEDs, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that there are a
variety of types of LED panel-mount indicators made for specific applications.
Medical and military applications can have much different requirements.
Similarly, you can imagine the different requirements between server trays and
marine applications. Sure, color, operating voltage, operating current, and
intensity are obvious specifications that you need to look for, but how about
certifications and ratings like UL 1598 (E56890), IP level, NEMA, or RoHS
compliance?

Terminal
types can also be important. Do you need screw-type or solder terminals,
phosphor bronze or tin? Or, as offered by the 655 series, do you want to
connect with wire leads or quick-connect terminals? Make sure that you consider
all of your options when you are matching your LED to your application’s
requirements.