3 May 2012

Soraa launches first full-spectrum LED MR16 lamp exceeding halogen color performance

Soraa Inc of Fremont, CA, USA, which is developing solid-state lighting technology built on ‘GaN on GaN’ (gallium nitride on gallium nitride) substrates, has added to its family of LED MR16 products by launching VIVID, claimed to be the first full-spectrum LED MR16 lamp with color quality and rendering superior to both traditional halogen and competitor LED lamps. With a color rendering index (CRI) of 95 and R9 of 90, it is claimed to be the highest-output LED MR16 lamp with the best color performance on the market.

With rich saturated color rendering and color stability, the VIVID LED MR16 suits demanding display applications, while being 75% more energy efficient than comparable halogen lamps, it is reckoned. It is designed to replace standard 40-50W MR16 halogen lamps and is available with correlated color temperatures (CCTs) of 2700K and 3000K.

Soraa’s proprietary GaN on GaN technology allows for LED products that match the black-body curve (as is produced by halogen and incandescent lamps), which is widely considered the optimal light color spectrum. Soraa claims that, unlike competitor LED lamps, VIVID offers full coverage over the entire spectral range and has no pronounced blue peak and cyan dip (common in all other LED lamps). Having overcome the blue overshoot commonly associated with poor color quality, Soraa claims that the VIVID lamp is unparalleled in color quality and color rendering,

“With the launch of the VIVID MR16, we demonstrate a very clear link between performance and our breakthrough GaN-on-GaN technology,” says CEO Eric Kim. “We believe that, with GaN-on-GaN, there is no longer any reason to compromise light quality or color performance in the name of energy efficiency,” he adds.

“For years, lighting designers have been holding back on embracing LED MR16 lighting, mostly due to both inadequate light output and only mediocre color quality,” comments lighting designer Jim Benya. “Now, here is the first example of LED MR16 technology providing both high output and excellent color, allowing large-scale, mainstream adoption of LEDs in the critically important MR16 marketplace.”

Also at the Lightfair International 2012 tradeshow in Las Vegas (9-11 May), Soraa is releasing a white paper detailing the metrics and characteristics used to describe quality of light, how different technologies perform within those parameters, and the practical implications of these LED technologies.

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