Luminous Inverters: A Review
Updated: Dec 27, 2019
Luminous is a staple brand in the Nigerian inverter market. It is one of Nigeria’s foremost and most reputable inverter brands. The makers of Luminous inverters, Luminous Power Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the $25 billion Schneider Electric Group with headquarters in India and a presence in over 36 countries, including Nigeria.
The brand enjoys a relatively high reputation among users, technicians and dealers. In a SolarKobo survey involving hundreds of respondents across Nigeria, Luminous inverters were found to be the most popular brand among Nigerian users. Of all SolarKobo’s installations over the last 3 years, Luminous is our second-most installed inverter brand, next only to Su-Kam.
Like all inverters, Luminous inverters convert alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC) from grid and standby generators and store them in batteries for use in appliances. Conversely, when the power sources are unavailable, the inverter converts DC back into AC for use in appliances.
Luminous inverters are pure sine wave inverters hence they produce little or no humming sound in appliances and less heat. They also have displays that show the state of the inverters, whether it is charging, in use or overloaded.
Home and Office Integration
Luminous inverters are built for home and office spaces. They are elegant, sleek and are meant to complement interior designs.
Battery and Appliance Protection
Luminous inverters are built with sophisticated technology to protect highly sensitive appliances. They have appliance protection features that protect the batteries from over-charge, deep-discharge and short-circuiting when the terminals are not properly placed during installation. Inverters with higher output capacities come with cooling fans to ensure that the inverters do not exceed maximum temperature safety limits.
Distributors offer a full twelve-months warranty.
Product Range, Features and Pricing
Luminous inverters come in two main ranges (low-capacity and high capacity) according to their output capacities.
Low Capacity Inverters
1. LUMINOUS ZELIO
Luminous Zelio UPS is a sine wave home UPS. It comes in two models, Zelio 1,100 and Zelio 1,700. It is powered by a 32-bit DSP processor. It features a friendly LCD display and audible alarms with power back-up time display in hours and minutes. The alarms go off to signal no-load shutdown, overload, battery over voltage, UPS-on, battery low trip, short circuit trip and battery low pre-alarm. These audio indicators inform about situations that need immediate attention. An Intelligent Thermal Management System helps cool down the system and shuts it off in case of overheating. It also has an Intelligent Battery Water Level Sensor, which signals the need of a water top-up. It also has an intelligent battery management system to display remaining time to charge & discharge as per load. It supports a wide range of battery types. As at July 2019, pricing starts at N65,000.
2. LUMINOUS ECOVOLT
Ecovolt is a Pure Sine Wave Home UPS. It features displays and indicators that help track performance and battery life. It supports a wide range of batteries. It has an adaptive battery charging control technology that ensures faster battery charging and enhanced battery life. It comes in two models ECO VOLT 1050 and ECO VOLT 1650.