Have you ever seen the show How It’s Made on the Science Channel? Well, we are going to take you behind the scenes to show you the mechanical side of engineering TCP LED bulbs and fixtures. I spoke with George, an engineering specialist, to find out about his role in the making of LED bulbs.
How did you get started in this field?
“That goes way back to vocational school, where they had a mechanical drafting program. I learned on real equipment the basics of being a draft person.”
How long have you been with TCP?
“Four years at TCP and I worked my way up with my education and experience.”
What is your favorite part of your job?
“Five o’clock (we laughed). No seriously, it would be the beginning of a project, because there are no rules or the rules haven’t been determined yet.”
Please explain your role in the making of LED bulbs.
“I am on the mechanical side of engineering and therefore work on the mechanical parts of the bulb (the design, but nothing electrical). I am given parameters; that is what makes it fun. My job is a little artsy and a little industrial. I have to make sure all of the electronics fit in the component. ANSI (American National Standards Institute) comes out with standards of the sizes parts need to be so the product can fit in already existing light fixtures. This helps prevent compatibility problems. ANSI’s standards give minimums and maximums to work within. I use the standards to start constructing how the product will work and how it will look. Some of the projects we just wing it because there are no
standards for that type of product. We will then go out and buy a similar product take it apart, reverse engineer it, to get measurements to use on the new product we are designing.”
Do you have a favorite project?
“They are all favorites. I do have one that I really enjoyed working on, it was a six inch ceiling can replacement.”
Keep checking back to our blog page to meet more of the TCP team and learn what they do behind the scenes to contribute to our products.