16 September 2010


Cree brings lighting-class LEDs to half-Watt LED market

LED chip, lamp and lighting fixture maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has announced the commercial availability of the lighting-class XLamp ML-E half-watt LED, which provides a compact and cost-effective solution for distributed LED arrays to meet the stringent US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR performance criteria, the firm says.

“When we set out to build our new linear light engine, we required the efficacy and reliability of XLamp LEDs, but wanted a smaller package size,” says Markus Vockenroth, managing director of MAL Effekt-Technik GmbH. “The XLamp ML-E LED was the perfect combination of price and performance for our application,” he adds.

Cree says that its ML-E delivers lighting-class performance in applications where a smooth, uniform appearance is required, such as LED fluorescent-tube replacement, ceiling-mounted panel lights and under-cabinet lighting. Unlike other low-power LEDs originally developed for consumer electronics and backlighting applications, the ML-E delivers the color binning, efficacy, thermal resistance and long-term reliability required for ENERGY STAR luminaires and bulbs.

“The ML-E offers the lighting design community a simple and affordable solution for a major portion of the solid-state lighting market,” says Paul Thieken, Cree’s director of marketing, LED Components. “Designers of applications like fluorescent-tube replacement no longer need to settle for LEDs that aren’t lighting-class.”

The ML-E delivers full-size features in a small package with luminous flux of up to 58lm at 150mA in cool white (5000K) and up to 48lm in warm white (3000K). Like the XLamp MX-6 and MX-3 LEDs, the ML-E provides a tightly controlled uniform angular chromaticity and a 120-degree viewing angle, optimized for distributed lighting applications. It also shares the same ANSI-compliant chromaticity binning used by the XLamp XP and MX families of LEDs.

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