Cree expands its horticulture lighting offering

Cree, Inc.  has expanded its industry-leading portfolio of LEDs for horticulture lighting with the introduction of the new Cree XLamp® XQ-E Photo Red LED, which is capable of providing very high levels of growth-promoting light wavelengths from a footprint that is less than one-third the size of its closest competitor with similar output.

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Cree said the new XQ-E LED extends the family of smallest LEDs optimised for horticulture and enables lighting manufacturers to reduce the size of luminaires and lower their system cost.

“This addition expands Cree’s wide range of XQ and XP LEDs that deliver the industry’s highest Photosynthetic Photon Flux (PPF), efficiency and reliability. Both LED families enable the replacement of incumbent lighting technologies at radically lower power with similar spectral content,” the company said in a press release on the Business Wire.

“For example, a high-bay reference design built using Cree® white and photo red LEDs deliver higher average PPF Density than a 1000W double-ended high pressure sodium (HPS) fixture while drawing half the power.”

According to the company, the XQ-E Photo Red LED is capable of delivering more than 6.4 μmol/sec of the 660nm peak wavelength light that can be beneficial for plant growth from a 1.6mm x 1.6mm footprint.

“Cree’s white and colour LEDs deliver the full spectrum of light and mimic natural sunlight. Cree’s colour LEDs, including royal blue, green, red, photo red and far red LEDs, deliver high PPF in the wavelengths best-suited for the different stages of plant growth. The combination of consistent packages, footprints and drive currents allow easy tuning of spectral content and intensity at the luminaire level,” reads the press release.

“Cree’s new photo red LED leverages the XLamp XQ-E family’s proven optical symmetry and consistency across all colours to improve colour uniformity and simplify the production process for lighting manufacturers.”

Cree said that product samples of the new XQ-E Photo Red LED are available now and production quantities are available with standard lead times.

For more information on Cree’s range of LEDs for horticulture lighting, please visit

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