A Critical Advance in MR16 LED Lamps

The Holy Grail of lighting is a man-made light source that has superior energy efficiency, long life, good lumen maintenance, wide temperature starting and operating range, instant starting without life degradation, full range dimming, excellent color, low- to-moderate cost, and is capable of being a “point source.” All conventional lamps fail substantially in one or more of these fundamental criteria.

The recent commercialization of GaN on GaN technology is a significant breakthrough in energy density, allowing 5-10 times more lumens to be generated per unit volume. The primary benefit is smaller LED emitter size, which in turn reduces the size of directional lamps and results in point source-like behavior. Another important benefit is greater heat tolerance, enabling the dense lumen package to operate more readily in a compact package and in enclosed fixtures.

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