14 December 2011

Cree adds thermal simulation and photometric testing to TEMPO design and evaluation services for LED lighting development

Extending the support services offered to LED lighting manufacturers that were launched this fall, Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has added two new Cree TEMPO offerings to its design and evaluation services. The new TEMPO (Thermal Electrical Mechanical Photometric Optical) Thermal Simulation and photometric testing options are designed to remove barriers for LED lighting manufacturers and accelerate broader market adoption of LED lighting.

“No other LED manufacturer has the same level of end-to-end development support for lighting OEMs,” claims Mark McClear, Cree’s director of global applications engineering. “Cree Services can remove design, engineering and manufacturing barriers for manufacturers - extending Cree’s expertise and equipment to the developers of LED luminaires and lamps,” he adds.

Cree says that TEMPO Thermal Simulation is a cost-effective solution to model the thermal performance of prototype LED fixtures. Effective LED luminaire thermal design is essential to ensure reliability and optimum performance, it adds. TEMPO Thermal Simulation predicts the thermal behavior of LED-based fixtures, including junction temperature, heat-sink temperature, temperature profile and airflow profile.

“Ready access to the TEMPO Thermal Simulation service has saved our team weeks in the product engineering process, and speed and quality are the name of the game in the LED marketplace,” comments Jim Shapiro, director of product development at lighting manufacturer FEIT ELECTRIC.

Cree has also added an additional, quick turn-around photometric evaluation option to its TEMPO SPOT service to help prevent costly design mistakes at any step of the development process. TEMPO SPOT services are designed to give a rapid photometric view on a prototype’s performance. This new service gives customers access to complex, costly equipment to measure the photometric performance of luminaires and replacement lamps. They can choose integrated measurements from a 2-meter sphere or 3D measurements from a Type C goniophotometer to visualize and predict the photometric performance of an installed luminaire.

“With the fast turnaround of Cree’s new TEMPO SPOT service we were able to quickly validate our design assumptions,” notes Colin Piepgras, VP of engineering at Digital Lumens. “Cree clearly understands the challenges of the LED fixture design cycle, and its new service offerings hit the nail on the head, giving us precisely what we needed, in the time we needed it in,” he adds.

Cree currently provides TEMPO Services out of its Cree Technology Centers in Research Triangle Park, NC and Santa Barbara, CA, USA. Future TEMPO Service locations in Shenzhen, Munich, Shanghai and Taiwan are targeted to open in 2012.

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