6 April 2010


New LED modules bring Cree TrueWhite technology to lighting makers

LED chip, lamp and lighting fixture maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has introduced a new class of products designed to accelerate the adoption of LED lighting by traditional lighting fixture makers and speed time-to-market for their new LED-based fixtures.

With the new line of LED module products, Cree says that customers will now have access to its TrueWhite technology, allowing them to deliver efficient, high-quality light in a compact, easy-to-use product. “TrueWhite technology is already installed in thousands of locations, including restaurants, retail stores, and others that demand both high-quality light and energy-efficiency,” says chairman & CEO Chuck Swoboda.

The first product is the Cree LED Module LMR4, created to overcome common design issues that manufacturers have faced when trying to incorporate LED solutions into their lighting fixtures.

The LMR4 uniquely integrates driver electronics, optics and primary thermal management, making the compact module drop-in-ready. Designed to last 35,000 hours while consuming just 12W of power, it delivers 700 lumens at a warm-white color temperature of 2700K with a color rendering index (CRI) of more than 90. Fixture makers have the option to include a specially designed heat sink to accommodate specific high-heat applications, such as downlights for insulated ceilings.

The LMR4 (120V) is UL recognized and the LMR4 (230V) complies with multiple international standards. Fixture makers seeking ENERGY STAR qualification will have access to specification and performance data, including LM-80 reports, which can speed regulatory approvals.

“We’ve never seen or worked with any LED product as simple as the Cree LED Module,” says Miroslav Masar, LED Department director at lighting fixture maker OMS Ltd of Dojc, Slovakia. “We anticipate our new downlight will be available in summer 2010—and that's less than six months from when we started working with prototypes of the module,” he adds. “In a fast-paced industry like lighting, this is a keen advantage for us.”

The LMR4 can be ordered now for general availability this summer, and sample evaluation kits are available now.

At next week’s Light + Building 2010 show in Frankfurt, Germany (11–16 April), demonstrations can be seen at Cree’s booth. The LMR4 has also been designed into demonstration fixtures that can be seen at the booths of Disano, OMS, and LTS.

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