vcc a21 ac/dc utility emergency led bulb

Visual Communications Company (VCC), a recognized global leader in the illuminated electronics, recently announced its new IP61-rated direct incandescent replacement — the AC/DC Utility LED Bulb. VCC’s new dual-action LED lamp is designed to effortlessly switch from AC to DC power, making it an excellent fit for:

  • Power plants
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Turbines
  • Blue light towers / call stations
  • Infrastructure
  • Transit
  • Tunnels
  • Parking garages
  • Refineries
  • Walkways
  • Anywhere emergency back-up lighting is needed

This new addition was specially developed by VCC’s team of engineers to address common challenges associated with using LEDs for emergency lighting. The 9W AC/DC Utility LED Bulb includes a heat sink to prevent overheating in enclosed fixtures — a problem that used to prevent LEDs from being a good option for battery back-up power in sealed spaces. With a futuristic aesthetic, the uniqueness of the 9W AC/DC Utility LED Bulb doesn’t stop at its appearance. Benefits include:

  • Unmatched versatility – special circuit topology means the LED can seamlessly transition between the grid and back-up power sources at operating voltages of 105 through 280 VDC and 110 to 130 VAC.
  • Easy, kit-free retrofits – available in a standard E26 base and A21 shape, upgrading standard incandescents to the 9W LED lamp is simple and convenient.
  • Increased energy efficiency – the bulb uses a fraction of the energy incandescents do — 1/20th of the energy of a 100W lamp.
  • Maintenance-free operation – the bulb won’t burn out for at least 50,000 hours, so maintenance costs essentially disappear.
  • Protection from the elements – an IP61 rating ensures no dust or raindrops will interfere with performance during emergency situations.
  • Reliable, long-lasting life – upgrading from incandescents to LEDs will ensure the lamps last 50 times longer — 50,000 hours.
  • Exceptional value – VCC’s utility bulb is available at approximately half the price of similar AC/DC bulbs.
  • Perfect for enclosed fixtures – thermal-sensing circuitry ensures the LED won’t overheat in enclosed fixtures, and it’s UL/CSA 1993 compliant.
“We’re pleased to open up the possibilities of our AC/DC bulb to even more applications where end-users need reliability and efficiency. This new IP61-rated option will help transit authorities, parking garages, power plants and operators in demanding spaces reap the benefits of the ultimate LED retrofit. Our new AC/DC Utility LED bulb allows for easy drop-in replacement, so existing fixtures can be updated with advanced technology and upgraded to emergency fixtures with a simple bulb replacement.”

Sannah Vinding

Director of Product Development & Marketing, VCC


The 9W AC/DC Utility LED will be available to VCC’s distribution channels on December 9, 2020.

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