With the market drive to mass adoption of SSL technology, the development and introduction of lighting fixtures that incorporate COB (chip-on-board) LED arrays is fast with short life cycles. Manufacturers need to drive towards more efficient and reliable processes in their manufacturing plans to accommodate these quick cycles. It is well acknowledged that soldering wires to COBs is a time-consuming, variable process. Lighting fixture designers desire socket solutions for their COB LEDs for reliable thermal, electrical, and mechanical connections in their luminaries. The paper outlines COB background, issues and challenges with COBs, and a unique socket approach that addresses these.