What is a “CREE” LED?

What is a “CREE” LED?

Cree is actually the name of a company.  It was founded in 1987 as a start-up at North Carolina State University, exploring the uses of silicon carbide as a foundational technology. In 2006 Cree launched the industry’s first lighting-class LED.  The original company is now part of Smart Global Holdings, but they still produce some of the best lighting-class LEDs available. 

Cree LEDs work just like any other Light Emitting Diode. Current flows through a conductor that carries it to the diode, which then emits photons.  These appear to us as light. What makes Cree’s LED technology different are the materials used and their approach to designing and producing their LED chips. 

Most motorcycle auxiliary LED lights employ a technology called Chip on Board (CoB).  CoB LEDs consist of multiple LED chips connected together in a substrate.  CoB LEDs deliver better lighting performance than standard Surface Mount Device (SMD) LEDs.  Cree specialises in SMD LEDs, but they also manufacture CoB-based LED products. 

What makes Cree LEDs superior to those from other manufacturers? 

  • Efficiency: Most LEDs are more efficient than any other light source. However, Cree LEDs are generally more efficient because of their innovative technology. 
  • Stringent quality and performance: An accredited independent third-party laboratory verifies the performance of all Cree products. 
  • Durability: Thanks to the verification process that Cree LEDs undergo, they are highly durable. 
  • Longevity: Generally, this is also a characteristic LEDs in general. However, Cree LEDs have a lifespan of up to 30,000 hours, which is up to six times longer than others. 
  • Mercury Free: Mercury is bad for the environment as well as being a health hazard. Cree-based light bulbs are mercury-free.
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