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New Cree® MHB-B LED Lowers System Costs for High Performance Lighting Applications

Aug 04, 2016
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) introduces the XLamp® MHB-B LED, a new high-power LED that enables a more effective way to deliver lower system costs for high lumen, high efficiency applications designed to meet the new  DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) 4.0 Premium requirements. Leveraging key elements of Cree’s SC5 Technology Platform, the ceramic MHB-B LEDs combine high light output, high efficacy and high reliability to enable high lumen LED designs that are not possible with mid-power LEDs. The MHB-B LED delivers up to 931 lumens at 85°C and 13 percent higher LPW than the MHB-A LED in the same 5mm x 5mm package, allowing lighting manufacturers to quickly increase performance for existing MHB designs without any additional investment.

“We evaluated many low-cost LED options but found that they require very large PCBs and optics and do not provide good lifetimes,” said Frank Chen, VP fixture department, Shenghui/Sengled. “We selected the MHB-B LED because its leading light output, efficacy and reliability will allow us to meet increasing industry requirements such as the DLC® 4.0 Premium category at the lowest system cost.”

The MHB-B LED enables designs that use significantly lighter and smaller heat sinks than designs based on mid-power LEDs. For example, a high-bay reference design built with MHB-B LEDs delivers 24,000 lumens and more than 130 LPW system efficacy at 44 percent less weight and 36 percent smaller diameter than comparable high bays based on mid-power LEDs. Built on Cree’s industry-leading high-power ceramic technology, the MHB-B LEDs have LM-80 data available immediately, delivering reported L90 lifetime projections of 60,000 hours at 105°C. The reference design demonstrates a cost-effective way to meet all of the DLC 4.0 Premium requirements for High Bay luminaires.

“Cree continues to deliver LED innovations that allow our customers to differentiate their products in the market place,” said Dave Emerson, vice president and general manager for Cree LEDs. “The new MHB-B LED allows lighting manufacturers to achieve best system value for all high lumen applications including high-bay, roadway and other outdoor lighting without compromising performance or lifetime.”

Featuring Cree’s EasyWhite® technology, the XLamp MHB-B LEDs are available in 2700K-6500K with high CRI and multiple voltage options. Product samples are available now, and production quantities are available with standard lead times. Please visit www.cree.com/xlamp/mh to learn more.

About Cree

Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, lighting products and semiconductor products for power and radio frequency (RF) applications. Cree believes in better light experiences and is delivering new innovative LED technology that transforms the way people experience light through high-quality interior and exterior LED lighting solutions.

Cree’s product families include LED lighting systems and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices. Cree’s products are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, electronic signs and signals, power supplies and inverters.

For additional product and Company information, please refer to www.cree.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors, including the risk that actual savings and lifetimes will vary from expectations; the risk we may be unable to manufacture these new products with sufficiently low cost to offer them at competitive prices or with acceptable margins; the risk we may encounter delays or other difficulties in ramping up production of our new products; customer acceptance of our new products; the rapid development of new technology and competing products that may impair demand or render Cree’s products obsolete; and other factors discussed in Cree’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 28, 2015, and subsequent filings.

Cree®, EasyWhite®, and XLamp® are registered trademarks, and SC5 Technology is a trademark of Cree, Inc.  DesignLights Consortium® and DLC® are registered trademarks of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.

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