Cree Introduces Industry’s Brightest, Most Efficient Horticulture LEDs

New Photo Red LEDs Deliver More than Double the Flux Density of Nearest Competitor

DURHAM, N.C.--()--Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) announces the new XLamp® XQ-E and XP-E High Efficiency (HE) Photo Red LEDs, the industry’s highest performing LEDs optimized for horticulture. The new LEDs deliver up to 21 percent higher output than the previous generations of XQ-E and XP-E Photo Red LEDs, enabling horticulture lighting manufacturers to deliver higher performance products, reduce luminaire size and lower system cost.

“The XQ-E family provides a unique combination of ultra-compact package, high output and wide range of horticulture-optimized colors,” said Michael Naish, director, Rusalox. “Using XQ-E LEDs with our unique AlumOxide technology, our customers can create luminaires that use half the power of conventional HPS luminaires, as well as being smaller and weighing less than incumbent technologies. The higher performing XQ-E High Efficiency Photo Red LED will enable customers to quickly reduce the power consumption of their current design even further for faster payback periods.”

The XQ-E High Efficiency Photo Red LED sets a new performance benchmark by delivering Photosynthetic Photon Flux (PPF) levels up to 5.39 μmol/sec at 85 C from a package footprint of just 1.6 x 1.6 mm. The new XQ-E’s ratio of output to size is more than double that of the closest competitor. The XP-E High Efficiency Photo Red LED delivers up to 6.08 μmol/sec PPF output at 85 C and is the first LED to break the 1 W radiant flux barrier at 85 C.

“The new XQ-E and XP-E High Efficiency Photo Red LEDs bring Cree’s latest high-power performance breakthroughs to horticulture lighting, with twice the PPF density and higher output than all other available LEDs,” said Dave Emerson, vice president and general manager for Cree LEDs. “Our technology enables customers to create high performance, long-life luminaires that drive the adoption of LEDs in this emerging application. With these additions, Cree continues to offer the industry’s best portfolio of LEDs optimized for horticulture, including White, Royal Blue and Far Red color options.”

Both XQ and XP LEDs for horticulture are built on Cree’s ceramic high-power technology that can deliver R90 lifetimes over 100,000 hours, even at the extreme temperature of 105 C. In addition, horticulture lighting manufacturers can immediately take advantage of the existing ecosystem of drivers and optics proven to work with the XQ and XP platforms to accelerate their time to market.

Product samples of the new XQ-E and XP-E High Efficiency Photo Red LEDs are available now and production quantities are available with standard lead times. For more information on Cree’s entire range of LEDs optimized for horticulture lighting, please visit www.cree.com/xlamp/horticulture.

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.

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 26, 2016, and subsequent filings.

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Contacts

Cree, Inc.
Claire Simmons, Corporate Communications
media@cree.com

Release Summary

Cree, Inc. announces the new XLamp® XQ-E and XP-E High Efficiency (HE) Photo Red LEDs, the industry’s highest performing LEDs optimized for horticulture.

Contacts

Cree, Inc.
Claire Simmons, Corporate Communications
media@cree.com