Sharp DoubleDome LEDs target SSL and require no secondary optics

April 27, 2010
Date Announced: 27 Apr 2010 The new 'DoubleDome' series from Sharp incorporates three white light SMD LEDs with a colour rendering index (CRI) of 85. A silicone globe top applied directly on the phosphorous, with lens-like moulding, facilitates highly efficient light extraction.Sharp is supplementing its LED lighting portfolio with three new white 'high colour rendering', high-performance LEDs. The 'DoubleDome' LEDs from Sharp already provide suitable light for energy-efficient lighting without secondary optics. The light conversion layer of the 'DoubleDome' LEDs is based on a two-phase development procedure especially developed by Sharp for this purpose. A layer of phosphorous for the conversion of white light is applied in a first step. The installation of the globe top made from transparent silicone in a second step makes light extraction possible without spreading loss. A high-quality ceramic plate serves as the LED carrier material instead of the plastic materials that are traditionally used. This allows efficient heat dissipation and helps to keep the required cooling element small.The high colour rendering LEDs reach the high CRI value of 85 through the combination of blue LEDs with a special blend of green and red phosphorous. The SMD LEDs from the new GM2BBxxBM0C series ensure high colour fastness and attention to detail, which are vital everywhere where light must not distort the depiction of objects. Typical applications for high colour rendering (HCR) LEDs include photography, shop windows, shop lighting and merchandise presentation, as well as in medical technology.As different applications also require different lighting concepts, the 'DoubleDome' series is available in three different shades of white. Starting with 'Warm White' with 3,000K, and 'Natural White' with 4,000K to 'Pure White' with 5,000K. In combination with the high CRI values, the new HCR LEDs from Sharp are approximately equivalent to conventional fluorescent tubes with regard to their efficiency, colour temperature and colour rendering index (CRI). The HCR LEDs thus already correspond today to the requirements of the Energy Star Programme.Sharp's 'Double Dome' LEDs, which are solderable according to the reflow method, are scarcely bigger than the head of a match. Thanks to its low space requirements of 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.9 mm, the new LED series GM2BBxxBM0C is predestined for use in a whole variety of application areas that require a high degree of brightness in combination with compact design. The minimum form factor and the high CRI value of the new 'DoubleDome' series from Sharp give light designers new freedom in light design. Furthermore, LEDs offer the benefits of high light efficiency. The 'Double Dome' series is already tried and tested and used in large volumes in the LED backlighting of LCD televisions and is particularly predestined for applications in surface lighting such as the ceiling lighting of office rooms and factories. Other typical application areas include sales area lighting, street lighting, architectural lighting and display lighting.AvailabilitySamples can already be obtained from the Sharp sales offices and distribution partners in Europe.Note:The availability of the products and components mentioned in this press release is restricted to the European markets. For availability of these products and components outside Europe, please check with the Sharp Device Sales Offices in the respective markets.About Sharp Microelectronics EuropeSharp Microelectronics Europe, Hamburg, Germany, is a divisional company of Sharp Electronics (Europe) GmbH, which is a subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan. Sharp is a worldwide developer of core digital technologies shaping the next generation of electronic applications and products. With a portfolio of more than 2,000 components in the ranges of TFT LCDs in screen sizes up to 108 inches, high brightness white and colour LEDs, optoelectronics, CCD and CMOS camera sensors, photovoltaic components, RF-, IC- und LSI-components as well as advanced packaging and integration skills Sharp Microelectronics Europe offers groundbreaking solutions in particular for applications in automotive electronics, mobile / communications technology, industrial automation, TV- and consumer electronics, e-signage and LED based lighting technology. Sharp is dedicated to the improvement of people’s lives and environmental protection through the use of advanced technologies. Technology and product development at Sharp is strongly determined by innovation, quality, usability and saving of resources.

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