LSX - a look beyond the aesthetics

Part 2: Performance

May 6, 2014 - Aesthetics remains the primary reason the Lumos LSX Module System is selected for a "first look" for many projects. However, the additional benefits are the real eye openers. In part 1 of "a look beyond the aesthetics" series, we touched on ease of installation and symbiotic relationship between the LSX modules and LSXRail. Part 2 will look into performance.

The standard glass thickness for most solar modules in the industry is 3-3.4mm. However, LSX modules uses 6mm thick glass for greater strength and durability. Framed modules depend on the frames to provide additional rigidity to be able to withstand the environmental pressures they may encounter: i.e. snow load, wind load. During the development of LSX, Chris Klinga, VP of Product Development, and his team were challenged with creating a frameless module for aesthetic appeal, but maintain if not exceed the durability requirements of a framed module. Lacking a frame, the LSX durability comes from its 6mm glass.
In a recent press release, we highlighted the impact resistance of the Lumos LSX modules. Having undergone and passed Class 4 Hail Rating, LSX has passed the same hail rating test required for standard roofing material. To pass Class 4 Hail Rating the material undergoes the impact of 2-inch diameter ice balls which travel at 75-85mph. Standard modules are only required to pass Class 3 Hail Rating - 1-inch diameter ice balls at 40-50mph. Having achieved this unprecedented test, LSX is the most impact resistant module available.
The LSX Module System has been tested to and meets the solar industry's maximum static load requirements (+113PSF / -50PSF). At +113PSF, LSX is capable of holding more than 8ft of wet snow. Additional in-house testing has indicated that LSX is easily capable of surpassing even the industry's maximum requirements, with a negative static load of -80PSF.
The LSX module system has always utilized monocrystalline solar cells. For aesthetic purposes, the monocrystalline cell with its more uniform color is more attractive than its polycrystalline sibling. But monocrystalline was also selected because of higher efficiencies. The more efficient the cell, the more efficient and powerful the module. By utilizing monocrystalline solar cells, LSX is able to achieve its maximum performance potential.
LSX - a look beyond the aesthetics series will continue with "Part 3 - Service".
For a full list of features and benefits of LSX, see our "LSX Difference" brochure.