COB stands for "Chip-on-Board": a new kind of LED technology, in which an LED diode is bonded to the circuit board itself, with multiple LED chips being placed into a single module, providing the effect of a panel light and therefore resulting in a perfect dot-free effect.
COB is designed for optimal efficiency and greater lifespans, as fewer components (for example, no spot soldering is required) are used during the manufacturing process, allowing focus to be placed on lower heat emission, which results in even greater efficiency over standard LED strips and reduces the chances of failure over a certain period of time.
Because COB strips are even more densely packed than regular LEDs, we can achieve greater beam angles, which have improved CRI (Colour Rendering Index) ratings for a more natural appearance of colours.
As exciting as this news is, COB technology is still in its infancy and there are kinks to be ironed out. Hi-Line Lighting is currently in the testing phase of these strips, with prototypes providing some interesting feedback. It may be several years before this technology starts making its way into homes, but we fully intend to roll out as soon as we're able. Hopefully, we may even be amongst the first to bring to you what will undoubtedly be the next phase in LED evolution.