One of the world’s largest lighting tradeshows is wrapping up today in Frankfurt, Germany. More than 1,500 companies in the lighting business exhibited their goods and services at Light+Building. Among the items on display in the Cree booth are these gorgeous LED pendant lights:
These lights were recently crafted by our application engineers to show the world yet another example of how LEDs can be used to make beautiful lights. I haven’t had a chance to chat with any of my colleagues who are working the booth in Germany, but I’m guessing they’re fielding a lot of questions about these beautiful lights.
How can I be so sure? Well, a few weeks ago two of these lights were installed in our office, and on several occasions, folks from other departments have stopped by to ask about the pretty new lights. And, admittedly, every time I pass this corner of our office, I wish I could snag one to replace the single incandescent pendant light that wastes energy in my kitchen.
So how can you get your hands on one? Well, you can’t – yet. You see, our application engineers created these pendant prototypes to show lighting manufacturers how easy building an LED light can be using one of our newest LED components, the Cree XLamp ® MPL EasyWhite ™ LED. This new multichip LED (we announced it back in February) can shorten the design and manufacturing cycle for new lighting products because the LEDs are specified like traditional light sources. Designers just have to indicate the desired color temperature and brightness, which can save time on learning the ins and outs of what we in the LED industry call binning.
If you look closely, the spiral metal at the top of the glass shade appears to be a decorative feature, but really it’s a heat sink designed to dissipate heat. And while they aren’t a commercial product, these particular pendants were designed to last 50,000 hours. And when used with a frosted white shade, an XLamp MP-L-based pendant can be an ENERGY STAR®-conformant SSL luminaire.
Our engineers made their design notes available for anyone to download. It’s just another way we’re leading the LED lighting revolution.