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    Cree Boosts Output on XP-E Royal Blue & Blue LEDs

    Today Cree announced the commercial availability of its highest binned colored XP-E and XP-C LEDs. The most notable increase for aquarists comes from the Royal Blue XP-E which received a 75mw increase, from 425mW to 500mW. In addition the XP-E Blue LEDs received a bump from 30.6 lumens at 350mA to 39.8. Press release below: DURHAM, N.C., […]

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    Today Cree announced the commercial availability of its highest binned colored XP-E and XP-C LEDs. The most notable increase for aquarists comes from the Royal Blue XP-E which received a 75mw increase, from 425mW to 500mW. In addition the XP-E Blue LEDs received a bump from 30.6 lumens at 350mA to 39.8.

    Press release below:

    DURHAM, N.C., November 2, 2010 — Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, announces the commercial availability of new levels of performance for XLamp® XP-EXP-C Color LEDs.

    XLamp XP-E Color LEDs are now available delivering minimum light output of 500 mW for Royal Blue, 39.8 lumens for Blue, 107 lumens for Green, 73.9 lumens for Red-Orange, and 62.0 lumens for Red, all at 350 mA.

    XLamp XP-C Color LEDs are now available delivering minimum light output of 350 mW for Royal Blue, 23.5 lumens for Blue, 62 lumens for Red-Orange and 51.7 lumens for Red, all at 350 mA

    “Cree is extending our leadership with industry-best light output across the color spectrum in a common, small footprint.” said Paul Thieken, Cree director of marketing, LED components. “These economical, high-performance options can provide designers additional flexibility for a broad set of applications including architectural, emergency vehicle, transportation and decorative lighting, all while leveraging the reliability of the XP package.”

    XLamp XP-E and XP-C Color LEDs are available in sample and production quantities with standard lead times.

    [update: 11/02 to clarify commercial availability]

    6 Comments

    1. clive@nanocustoms
      November 2, 2010 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

      500mW royals (group 16) have actually been available for a few months now. The only thing that may have changed is the available volume going to retail and OEMs.

    2. November 2, 2010 at 5:27 PM | Permalink

      Right on Clive. Cutter and a few other suppliers have had the 16s for the last quarter. Per Cree supply will increase through retail channels. Assumingly the same can be said for OEM applications.

    3. November 3, 2010 at 5:41 AM | Permalink

      This is an area though that they really need to improve. The daylight LED’s are smokin, but the 420, 450, and 460nm LED’s lag behind. Im not 100% sure if this is still true, but it wasn’t so long ago that T5’s were still more efficient when it came to actinic and blue… why you see LED/T5 combos.

    4. clive@nanocustoms
      November 3, 2010 at 4:26 PM | Permalink

      Blue LEDs are way more efficient per watt than any other light source. It’s the reason that white LEDs are made from them, and still get crazy high lumen output numbers, even after the phosphor conversion. The only thing more efficient is a laser, just due to the fact that all the output energy is put into a tighter wavelength bandgap (1-2nm, vs. 10-20nm). At 500mW output on the royal blue puts you damn near a class 3 laser.

    5. November 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM | Permalink

      Lumens doesn’t mean anything for reef aquariums. Cree LEDs put out way too much light in the green spectrum, which is mostly useless for our tanks.

      Here’s wishing for improved spectral/PUR output…

    6. November 9, 2010 at 4:22 PM | Permalink

      Lumens doesn’t mean anything for reef aquariums. Cree LEDs put out way too much light in the green spectrum, which is mostly useless for our tanks.

      Here’s wishing for improved spectral/PUR output…

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