Cree extends the XLamp XP-G3 LED family with a more robust version for connected lights that delivers twice the switching cycles of comparable LEDs

By Heather Hamilton, contributing writer

Cree,
Inc.
has extended its XLamp XP-G3 LED
product line with the launch of the XLamp XP-G3 S Line LED,
optimized for connected lights. The S line offers high-power LED technology
with a long lifetime for general lighting applications like parking,
industrial, roadway, and commercial indoor applications.
 

Cree
said that these types of connected lighting systems rely on information
provided by occupancy sensors and other sources that are in constant communication
with the environment to dim or turn off lighting to conserve energy. A
connected lighting system will dim or turn off lights about 10 times more often
than a standard system on average, added the company, which puts additional
stress on the LED system, leading to shorter lifetimes.

The
XLamp XP-G3 S Line LED is built to hold up to twice the number of switching
cycles of other LEDs in the same class. The S Line offers improved reliability
over Cree’s earlier line via switching and dimming cycles, improved resistance
to sulfur exposure, higher light output, and increased efficacy. This more
robust version is more suited to harsher environments, though it will provide
improvement in all lighting applications.

 

Dave
Emerson, the executive vice president and general manager for Cree LEDs, believes
that the future will require LEDs designed to withstand “the rigors of connected
intelligent lighting” and emphasizes that Cree’s S Line LEDs are built with a
chip and package architecture designed to deliver reliability and performance
in harsh environments and repeated dimming and on/off cycles.

Cree offers an easy upgrade for existing XP-based LED
systems, which enables designers to quickly implement the improved parts in new
designs. Samples and production quantities are available. The company also provides
LM-80 data to help designers meet the requirements for DesignLights Consortium qualification.