At Color Kinetics, we create solutions that deliver maximum performance to our customers—right out of the box and year after year. That’s why we developed FluxBoost, an intelligent algorithm that boosts the output of multi-channel LED luminaires, giving you significantly more output, saturation—and value.
From transportation to communication to lighting, our devices and technologies must use energy and materials wisely by conserving resources and maximizing performance. Our engineers spent years perfecting a new approach to delivering maximum power from our advanced LED luminaires. They knew that there was extra power hidden within these luminaires waiting to be put to better use—and they found an ingenious way to unlock it.
Unlocking maximum power
The result? A breakthrough technology that optimizes power like no other. It enables significantly higher output,1 creates more saturated colors, reduces the number of luminaires required for projects, and much more.
You’ll find FluxBoost, our proprietary Output Optimization Technology, in many Color Kinetics luminaires. And as the ultimate proof of the power of our innovation, many in the industry have licensed it for use in their luminaires. But it originated with Color Kinetics, joining our expansive portfolio of innovative technologies.
1 As much as 4 times the output, depending on the luminaire and implementation.
FluxBoost delivers clear benefits
The main benefit delivered by FluxBoost is clear—significantly higher output. But higher performance can translate into a wealth of other benefits, from more saturated colors to more savings.
Significantly higher output
In some installations, maximum lumens are critical. For example, a design may call for delivering maximum light to a tall exterior wall. Our proven, proprietary technologies work together seamlessly to deliver the maximum flux these applications require. FluxBoost increases output significantly—while Chromasync identifies the optimal color point. So you get bright, high-quality, consistent light—from rich single-color illumination to advanced color-changing applications.
More saturated colors
By directing more power to an individual color channel, FluxBoost can increase color saturation significantly—of one selected color or a mix.
Cost savings By providing more output per luminaire, FluxBoost can enable specifiers to use fewer luminaires to achieve the same effect within their designs. Output optimization lowers commissioning and installation time, simplifying and speeding project completion. It reduces project costs during installation—as well as the ongoing cost of operation.
Greater value With FluxBoost, an installation can use more of the power budget allocated to the project, reducing waste and increasing efficiency. The bottom line? More output, flexibility, efficiency—and greater value when investing in a lighting infrastructure.
How does FluxBoost work? Solving a daunting challenge.
Maximum power means rethinking some long-held traditional assumptions about multi-channel luminaires. As luminaires added more channels, there was an unwanted side-effect—lower performance in key situations. FluxBoost solves this problem with an elegant technical solution that unlocks the power of today’s LED luminaires.
The traditional thinking about output goes like this:
Using this assumption, an RGBW LED luminaire capable of 100 watts of power consumption would give you 25 watts of power per channel. Makes sense, right? Each channel gets the same amount of power. You don’t want to overheat the luminaire when all channels are turned up to the maximum. But there’s a flaw in this logic.
The challenge: Overcoming outmoded design limitations
This electrical design limitation works for RGB luminaires, which might be used with all three channels full on to achieve white light. But not when it comes to today’s 4+ channel luminaires, with a white channel. During real-world use, there would be no reason to use all channels at maximum power. That’s why there’s a dedicated white channel.
In short, old approaches to controlling power may protect luminaires from overheating. But they prohibit them from achieving maximum performance.
For example, if one channel of a RGBW luminaire is on, it’s limited to 25% of the total wattage of the luminaire. For a 100-watt luminaire, that would mean 25 watts, leaving 75 watts untapped. With two channels on (e.g., red and blue to create magenta), it’s limited to 50% of the total power budget.
The solution: Smart technology that optimizes power AND quality
Our proprietary approach to output optimization raises the output of an individual color (or colors) by going beyond the traditional thinking—and artificial limitations. Our advanced algorithm raises LED output, but keeps it well within safe limits, protecting the luminaire while providing significantly increased output.
We provide the best of both worlds—significantly higher output and extremely consistent light quality. But we put quality of light first, so our luminaires never sacrifice quality for power utilization.
The result? A critical element of an integrated design.
FluxBoost is a critical element embedded in the firmware of our luminaires. But it’s just part of our integrated design approach. We combine the FluxBoost algorithm with the right LEDs, luminaire size, power budget, and more, adjusting to meet the specific goals of each luminaire.
By focusing on the total design of our luminaires, we can integrate and optimize all elements to deliver maximum lumen output and efficiency, provide exceptionally high quality, consistent light—and meet the needs of our customers.
Our approach to output optimization in action
ReachElite High Output serves as an excellent example of how FluxBoost enables our next-generation luminaires to achieve industry-leading output. ReachElite High Output’s LED array uses more than 500 mid-power LEDs per 100W module. This design approach creates inherent efficiency during normal use since more LEDs can be driven at lower power. FluxBoost takes advantage of the potential to drive the LEDs harder, achieving higher lumen output.
Customized for the specific needs of this unique array, FluxBoost continually adjusts power, increasing lumens up to 2 – 4x. Instead of capping each channel’s power at 25%, it redirects power automatically, up to 100% to an individual channel providing a major boost in output.
Before: With all channels full on—and without FluxBoost —the 100W power budget is equally distributed to the four channels (25W per channel), achieving 5274 lumens.
After: The lumens per channel figures show how FluxBoost delivers more power to each channel. Lumens maximum shows the technology’s impressive impact on the full array, boosting maximum output to 9,302 lumens—and achieving efficiency of an impressive 87.2 lumens per watt.
A commitment to technological innovation
Our advanced technologies set new standards for consistency, accuracy, and performance, enabling your most innovative and ambitious lighting designs and projects. For example, Optibin, our proprietary binning process, ensures LED optimization right from the start, while our IntelliHue advanced color mixing delivers unrivaled color accuracy. These are just some of the innovative technologies to come out of our engineering labs—all driven by the evolving and escalating needs of our customers throughout the world. Find out more in the Technology portfolio below.
Get optimized output—and optimal quality
Learn how FluxBoost can help you get higher output, cut costs—and achieve your vision.
All while maximizing light quality and consistency.
Color Kinetics technology portfolio
We continually explore your challenges, invest in research and development, and make the significant commitment required to develop and perfect breakthrough technologies. The result of decades of work, our unequaled portfolio of proprietary, quality-enhancing technologies helps you achieve the best possible results. These technologies increase quality by ensuring sustainability, consistency, raising uniformity, providing precision control, and more.
Where consistency begins.
Our LED optimization technology begins the color consistency process by grouping (or binning) LEDs by flux as well as center wavelength. This proprietary binning optimization process uses an advanced bin selection formula that exceeds industry standards for chromaticity.
Our advanced output optimization technology controls and boosts output while ensuring color consistency. When enabled, Chromasync ensures excellent color consistency between luminaires, without manually adjusting color points on each luminaire.
The smart way to deliver white & color light.
Our advanced approach to color mixing produces high-quality white light, subtle pastels, and fully saturated colors in the same precisely controllable luminaire. All with unrivaled color accuracy across the entire range of color temperatures.
Uniformity never looked this good.
OptiField’s freeform optic creates a breakthrough rectangular beam that covers large surfaces with full, bright, even light. And OptiField can cover more surface area with fewer luminaires — simplifying installation while lowering energy use.
Power made simple.
Our patented approach to power output proves that simple is better. As well as faster, more efficient, and accurate. Powercore® controls power output to luminaires directly from line voltage. It merges line voltage with control data and delivers both over a single standard cable.
Unlock the full power of your luminaires.
FluxBoost is a breakthrough technology that optimizes power and quality. With FluxBoost, an installation can use more of the power budget allocated to the project, enabling significantly higher output, creating more saturated colors, reducing waste and increasing efficiency.