Originally broadcast: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Presenter: Maury Wright, Editor-in-Chief, LEDs Magazine
Overview: The Webcast will cover what has been an incredibly active period within the packaged LED component space that has seen the major players announce a broad array of new products. While the manufacturers have long had different offerings in the low- to high-power segments, the new trend is to offer many products within a segment that are specialized in some manner to best serve a specific application. The manufacturers are taking the same basic wafer and applying specialized packaging, array technology, new phosphor technology, and testing services to offer multiple broad product families in just the high-power segment.
The Webcast will examine the trend by focusing on examples of the specialization trend from a number of leading LED manufacturers.
Cree first brought the blue LED to market in 1989, and today Cree's XLamp® LEDs have continually exceeded industry standards for brightness and efficiency. XLamp LEDs were the first "lighting-class" LEDs – LEDs bright enough to be used in general-illumination applications such as desk lamps, ceiling fixtures and street lights. Cree's extensive line of high-brightness LEDs are also introducing new performance levels to outdoor video displays and decorative lighting.
In 2008 Cree expanded its product lines into LED-lighting applications like ceiling fixtures. Today, products from Cree's Lighting group are available to builders and homeowners through The Home Depot® and other retailers around the world. Cree's direct customers include national restaurant chains and government agencies.
After pioneering developments in the LED indoor-lighting market, Cree expanded into outdoor lighting in 2011 with the acquisition of Ruud Lighting, Inc., a leader in outdoor LED lighting. Ruud added an extensive LED-lighting product line to Cree's portfolio, including the BetaLED and LEDway brands.