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25 October 2012

Soraa and Ushio establish GaN-on-GaN LED MR16 lamp distribution agreement

Soraa Inc of Fremont, CA, USA, which develops solid-state lighting technology built on ‘GaN on GaN’ (gallium nitride on gallium nitride) substrates, says that as of 1 November 2012 its full-spectrum GaN-on-GaN LED MR16 lamps will be available through Ushio group companies and its subsidiaries in Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Europe. Ushio, the largest distributor of MR16 lamps in Japan, will sell Soraa’s LED MR16 lamps under the brand name Superline LED, a co-branded Ushio and Soraa product.

“This agreement is an indication of what's to come for Soraa as we solidify our worldwide presence. The partnership with Ushio allows us to introduce the company’s products in several new markets, including Japan, where high quality of light is a leading consideration in purchasing replacement LED MR16 lamps,” said Soraa’s CEO Eric Kim.

Soraa’s Vivid line of LED MR16 lamps feature full-spectrum light; a CRI of 95 and R9 of 95 (higher than most halogen lamps), and produce no UV or IR. GaN-on-GaN LEDs feature high luminous efficiency and light-extraction efficiency and also claim superior heat radiation performance. This enables both large currents and high levels of illumination to be achieved for a given area, in turn enabling miniaturization of the module (difficult to attain with conventional LED chips that use sapphire or silicon substrates). Soraa’s MR16 lamps are also compatible with existing halogen lamp fixtures and lighting infrastructure.

“The lighting market in Japan and many other countries has been in need of a high-quality LED replacement option for halogen lamps,” said Akihiko Sugitani, corporate senior VP of Ushio. “Soraa’s LED lamps will awaken many people to the possibilities of LED technology with its beautiful light and stylish design.”

Tags: Soraa Ushio LEDs GaN



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