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Cree shrinks its SiC based XLamp XQ LEDs

The firm says its silicon carbide based devices offer compactness and superior light distribution
Cree is marketing its new product family, the XLamp XQ LEDs.

These compact modules offer novel light distribution and high reliability, enabling broader light distribution such as those used in omni-directional lamps and fixtures.

The XQ LEDs are Cree’s smallest lighting-class LEDs measuring just 1.6mm x 1.6mm. This is 57 percent smaller than Cree’s XLamp XB package.

Built on Cree’s SiC-based SC3 technology platform, the ceramic-based XQ LEDs are designed to deliver the long-term calculated lifetimes of Cree’s other high-power LEDs, such as the XP or XT LEDs.

The difference with the XQ LEDs is that a new light emitting pattern directs more light towards the edge rather than the centre of the package.

Cree says that compared to existing LEDs, XQ LEDs allow fewer packages to achieve a wide, distributed light pattern. Together, these innovations can enable manufacturers to increase the light output, expected lifetime and omni-directionality of their designs.

“The high reliability of the ceramic based XQ-B LED allows us to offer a high quality solution that does not compromise on lifetime,” says Martin Hockemeyer, Vice Chairman of the Board of TELEFUNKEN Licht AG. “The unique optical advantage of the XQ-B gives us the opportunity to create the brilliant look that our customers are looking for.”

“Once again, Cree is creating innovative solutions to allow our customers to differentiate their products,” says Paul Thieken, Cree director of marketing, LED components. “Unlike other mid-power packages, the XQ LEDs allow lighting manufacturers to meet their light distribution requirements using fewer LEDs without giving up the performance or reliability that they expect from Cree’s lighting-class LEDs.”

The XQ family includes two new LEDs, the XQ-B and the XQ-D.

In cool white (5000K), the XQ-B LED delivers up 160 lumens-per-watt at 0.18W.

The XQ-D LED delivers up to 130 lumens-per-watt at 1W.

Both LEDs are available in 2700K to 6500K colour temperatures with a minimum 80 CRI option.

Cree XLamp XQ LED samples are available now and production quantities are available with standard lead times and can be ordered on the firm's website.

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