Tiny and tough: The new SCHOTT Mini LED for use in dental and medical technology

SCHOTT Mini LED is world's smallest hermetic-yet-fully-autoclavable High Power or High Brightness LED currently on the market

SCHOTT is launching a new Mini LED for lighting applications in dental and medical technology that outperforms all previous solutions.

As the world's smallest hermetic-yet-fully-autoclavable High Power or High Brightness (HB) LED currently on the market, it is both tiny and tough. Thanks to its gas-tight housing made of inorganic, non-aging materials, the Mini LED is particularly robust and successfully withstands chemicals, corrosion and pressure – even with changing temperatures.

The Mini LED is thus an extremely reliable light source that emits light efficiently in high quality over a long period of time.

The SCHOTT Mini LED is particularly well suited for use as a lighting solution for dental and medical equipment and instruments that must be reliably autoclavable. Typical applications include dental turbines, cameras, UV curing, endoscopes, laparoscopes, otoscopes and surgical instruments. The Mini LED allows the physician to position its light source closer to the area to be treated and illuminate it better. Therefore, hard-to-reach regions of the patient’s body can be illuminated much better during surgery or a clinical examination. Thanks to the miniaturised size of the Mini LED that is only 2mm in diameter, for the first time ever, it is now possible to equip medical devices with light that could not be equipped with it in the past due to design limitations.

“We have tested our new product very thoroughly. It has proven to be extremely robust, and withstands, among other things, at least 3,500 autoclave cycles at 134°C and 2 bar ambient pressure,” said Dr Frank Gindele, development manager for LED products at SCHOTT Electronic Packaging.

The Mini LED is available upon request in both customer-specific housing shapes with contact pins and in SMD design. Therefore, it can be installed in any medical device. Furthermore, SCHOTT offers the product in accordance with customer requirements in different colour temperatures, light colors, radiation profiles and optical properties such as light flow.