Kyocera Corporation of Kyoto, Japan, announced that it has developed a new type of LED that produces a color spectrum very close to natural sunlight. The new LED modules and lighting products that employ them expand Kyocera’s line LED lighting solutions. The new modules are ideal for color-inspection applications, and they boast low power consumption and extremely long life. The new LEDs light engines can be used in a variety of applications including fluorescent tubes, standing lights and compact handheld lamps, making them a perfect alternative to large, heat-producing xenon lamps in areas such as automotive paint inspection.
Kyocera boasts that its LEDs render a more evenly distributed and wider spectrum of light than fluorescent lighting or conventional LEDs. According to Kyocera, the LEDs make a color rendering possible that approximates natural sunlight. These characteristics are essential in applications requiring accurate color reproduction, such as commercial printing, paint manufacturing, and automotive color inspection.
The company’s unique material technologies reportedly facilitate exceptional performance. The new LEDs are rated for about 100,000 hours of service, equal to longer than 11 years of continuous operation. Additionally, the LEDs leverage Kyocera’s proprietary material technology with a ceramic package that has higher reflectivity than conventional materials, resulting in brighter light output.
Kyocera is selling the new LED products in multiple lighting options including standing lights for inspection workstations; a handheld portable device for inspecting large objects, like automobiles; and fluorescent tubes for lighting up enclosed areas or entire rooms. Kyocera can supply LED modules individually or in the previously mentioned finished products. For enhance portability, the LEDs can also come in battery-powered versions. Kyocera has designed its LED modules for a variety of environments that require accurate color reproduction, and general aesthetics ranging from fashion retailing and fine-art museums to high tech manufacturing and hospital operating rooms.