2 February 2010


Cree’s MPL EasyWhite LED delivers up to 1500lm at 75lm/W in 12mm x 13mm footprint

LED chip, lamp and lighting fixture maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has launched the XLamp MPL EasyWhite lighting-class LED which, it claims, has the performance, color consistency and lumen density to displace conventional energy-inefficient light sources, all in the industry’s smallest package.

Featuring Cree’s unique EasyWhite color binning, the LEDs are specified like traditional light sources (by simply indicating the desired color temperature and brightness). “Cree has virtually eliminated the need to learn and understand LED bins thanks to EasyWhite color temperatures,” says Fred Dorrani, president of T^3 Mark Inc, an LED integrator specializing in light engines. “Combined with the single-light-source design of the LED, it can simplify design and manufacturing, speeding overall time-to-market and improving product consistency,” he adds.

The multi-chip MPL EasyWhite LED can provide up to 1500 lumens at a drive current of 250mA by packaging 24 chips in a compact 12mm x 13mm footprint (72% smaller than the nearest-competing LED component, Cree believes). The LED is optimized for directional lighting applications, including PAR- or BR-style light bulbs. With appropriate system design, it can deliver the required light output for a 3000K, 75W-equivalent BR-30 light bulb, but would consume 78% less energy than traditional incandescent technology, says Cree, meeting the efficacy and lumen-output requirements for integral LED lamps as defined by ENERGY STAR.

MPL EasyWhite LEDs are offered in 2700K, 3000K, 3500K and 4000K color temperatures (in the center of the respective ANSI C78.377-2008 color bins). Due to their consistency, the color space occupied by each is 75% smaller than the total area of the corresponding ANSI C78.377 color bins, Cree reckons, reducing component count and eliminating complex mixing recipes and the pixilation often associated with other LED designs.

“We are providing the MPL LEDs the way the lighting industry has wanted to buy LEDs,” claims Paul Thieken, Cree’s director of marketing, LED components. “Customers using EasyWhite color temperatures can shorten the design and manufacturing cycle for new products, while improving color consistency and reducing pixelation in their product,” he adds. “The MPL EasyWhite LED further broadens Cree’s portfolio of application-optimized LEDs, specifically designed to meet the needs of the lighting industry.”

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