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27 September 2013

Cree launches XLamp XQ-E as new generation of lighting-class LEDs

Cree Inc has introduced the XLamp XQ-E LED family, which it says enables lighting manufacturers to significantly reduce the size and total cost of their LED luminaires without sacrificing light output, efficacy or reliability. The new LED packs the lighting-class performance of Cree’s XP-E2 LED into a package that is 78% smaller. The firm claims that the XQ-E LED family opens up new design possibilities for a wide spectrum of lighting applications, such as portable, indoor directional, architectural and vehicle lighting.

The new XQ-E LEDs have a small 1.6mm x 1.6mm footprint and are available in both white and color configurations. Their combination of optical symmetry, consistent design across all configurations and their small size enables improved color mixing and optical control compared to the larger XP-E2 LED.

“Previously, the size of LEDs dictated the form factor of the luminaire and lighting manufacturers had to design around the light source,” says Paul Thieken, director of LED Components, Cree. “With its unparalleled performance and size, the XQ-E LED redefines what’s possible with lighting designs, enabling new form factors and eliminating constraints,” he claims.

Built on Cree’s SC3 Technology Platform and characterized at an operating temperature of 85°C, the XQ-E White LED is available in correlated color temperatures (CCTs) of 2700-6200K and offers minimum color rendering index (CRI) options of 70 and 80. The XQ-E White LED delivers up to 287 lumens at 3W, 85°C. XQ-E Color LEDs are available in red, green and blue.

XLamp XQ-E White LED samples are available now, and color LED samples will be available in late October. Production quantities are available with standard lead times.

Tags: Cree LEDs


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