NICHIA Introduces 1800K High Power LED as the Industry’s Only True Alternative to High Pressure Sodium Lamps
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Tokushima, Japan – July 6, 2021: NICHIA, the world’s largest LED manufacturer and inventor of high brightness blue and white LEDs, announces its 219F series of high power LEDs, uniquely positioned as a true alternative to high pressure sodium lamps (hereinafter abbreviated as HPS ). Global efforts to phase out the use of HPS continue to meet resistance to the use of white LED replacements. Due to this lack of a viable and sustainable alternative, HPS has remained exempt from the list of products banned under the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which means that HPS remains ubiquitous. With the introduction of the 219F, NICHIA becomes the first LED manufacturer to offer this alternative. The NVSW219F removes mercury but increases efficiency and durability, with a low correlated color temperature output (1800K) that works with HPS to retain the ‘nostalgic landscape’ lighting element, making it makes a real alternative.
Existing LED solutions fail to meet the lighting profile demanded by the applications currently served by HPS. This typically requires a light level with a low correlated color temperature (CCT) of 1800K to recreate the “nostalgic landscape” effect characterized by HPS. NICHIA developed the 219F at 1800K / CRI 70 to solve this problem, with technology that can meet the CCT and Color Rendering Index (Ra) required for street lighting applications and park lighting and other outdoor spaces.
NICHIA’s latest technology brings many benefits in addition to color matching with HPS. The Color Rendering Index (CRI) of the 219F is higher than that of the HPS, dropping it from less than 5, according to the NICHIA measurement, to more than 70, which improves a city’s natural colors compared to the monotonous rendering of HPS. The ability to generate a landscape of true colors provides comfortable and bright lighting while maintaining a nostalgic and / or elegant atmosphere. This is also conducive to security applications as it can distinguish the color of clothing, cars and buildings under street light. Additionally, LEDs provide instant on / off and output modulation or dimming controls. Enabling “smart lighting” will save energy. For example, in areas with low pedestrian traffic, LEDs, controls and sensors can allow intermediate light levels with instant or full brightness when motion is detected. This is not possible with HPS, and it is a significant advantage that LED lighting can offer. Less glare, with reduced impact on people, flora and fauna, less blue light emissions, reduced light pollution, these are also merits motivated by 219F / 1800K / CRI 70. Needless to say, LEDs help achieve mercury-free replacement and provide longer life. The 219F can provide up to 60,000 hours of operation, more than double the HPS average (24,000 hours).
“People love the visual effect that HPS provides, creating what we call the ‘nostalgic landscape’. Existing LED technology struggles to replicate this. The measured CCT of HPS is 1800K, which only NICHIA has successfully recreated after various color matching tests, ”said Yuji Itsuki, General Manager of Marketing, NICHIA. “This means that the 219F is the only LED available today that can accurately match HPS ‘CCT. This ability to mix LED and HPS without creating severe variations is what truly makes it the first in the industry to offer a real alternative. ”
NICHIA offers 1800K as a great recommendation for replacing the HPS, but also provides other inferior CCT options. With four lower levels of CCT covering 2500K, 2200K, 2000K and 1800K, the 219F series meets all market requirements. To recreate the nostalgic landscape effect created by HPS, customers can select the 1800K model. Customers who prioritize energy efficiency can select the 2500K model. To meet the guidelines of the Design Lights Consortium (DLC®), customers can select the 2200K model. If customers value HPS catalog value, they can select 2000K.
NICHIA’s 219F series will be available in September. For more information, customers can contact their local NICHIA office.
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About NICHIA Corporation
With the motto “Always in search of a brighter world”, NICHIA is very proud to be the technological leader and the largest manufacturer of LEDs in the world. Founded in 1956 as a chemistry specialist, NICHIA quickly became the leader in luminescent (phosphor) materials. Nichia then developed and marketed the first high-brightness blue LED in 1993 and the first white LED in 1996. Additional nitride-based LEDs of different colors were developed, including ultraviolet and visible laser diodes. NICHIA is confident that its products will remain at the forefront of energy efficient solutions around the world for years to come.
NICHIA will continue to be a company that makes its contribution to the world by developing its original and unique technologies and “Always in search of a brighter world”.
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