Nichia has launched its H6 series. Implemented into its 3030 mid-power 757 package to start, the new family of LEDs gives the largest multi-level boost in colour rendition and efficacy while maintaining the excellent lifetime expected from the company. The series provides a colour rendering index (CRI) of 90 while preserving a level of efficacy seen in standard CRI 80 LEDs.
The company's latest LED family provides better all-round performance for those luminaires aimed at discerning environments, particularly in shops, hotels, restaurants, and galleries/museum, and restroom settings where colour rendering and energy savings are crucial design considerations. The solutions are particularly beneficial for general Illumination fixtures to boost the vividness of rich-coloured merchandise, artworks and furniture, as well as to set mood, add accents or grab attention in retail and hospitality venues.
The series takes advantage of a unique red narrow-band phosphor technology, among other semiconductor processes and packaging techniques, to create LEDs that deliver a colour quality better than traditional CRI 90 LEDs with R9 content greater than 50 whilst preserving an efficacy better than many CRI 80 LEDs. The 0.2W H6 series provides a typical luminous efficacy of 200lm/W, a 20% increase in efficacy when compared to many CRI 90 LEDs currently available.
“Generally speaking, there is usually a trade-off between achieving high lumen efficacy and a high CRI. By optimising the light spectrum, NICHIA has made a technology breakthrough to deliver both superior luminous efficacy and high CRI,” said Yuji Itsuki, general manager of Marketing, NICHIA. “The NICHIA brand has been at the forefront of lighting innovation for decades, and these new additions to the company’s LED portfolio are so exciting because they continue to offer unrivalled high-quality illumination, reliability and energy efficiency.”