The Micro SIDELED family from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors provides a selection of side-emitting LEDs for applications where space is at a premium. These products are available now from Rutronik. The diodes combine high brightness with low power consumption, offered in three different heights (0.6mm, 0.8mm and 1mm). Due to the encapsulation with silicone, they also offer a longer product life. The models 3806 RGB and 3806 White extend the SIDELED family. The 3806 RGB version can control three different colours in an ultra-flat housing. The 3806 white version also emits light from the side and is 14% brighter than its predecessor, which offers an attractive price/performance ratio.
The range needs less energy to deliver high brightness due to a low forward voltage and high efficiency. This makes them optimised for coupling into light guides.
Also, they provide a high ESD resistance voltage (2kV according to ANSI/ESDA/JEDEC JS-001 (HBM)) and, if required, enable the integration of an extra ESD protection diode directly in the housing. The beam angle of these sidelooker models is 120 degrees (Lambert spotlight) with a light output of 180lm/W.
These sidelookers are perfect for applications where a small size of the integrated LED is important, such as signal and symbol luminaires, ring backlights, household appliances, consumer electronics and gaming machines or backlights for displays and keyboards.