Cree's New High-Power LED Promises Low System Costs for High-Performance Lighting Applications

By WPG AmericasAugust 31, 2016

Cree Inc., global leader in premium LEDs, announced the launch of its new XLamp series of MHB-B LEDs this month. Developed in accordance with 4.0 Premium requirements of DesignLights Consortium® (DLC), the high-power LEDs enable lower system costs for high lumen, high-efficiency LED designs.

Cree's new generation of high-power ceramic LEDs, as compared to its previous release MHB-A LED, record a 13 percent increase in lumens per watt. MHB-B provides up to 931 lumens at 85°C, practically unattainable by any mid-power LEDs.

“We evaluated many low-cost LED options but found that they require very large PCBs and optics and do not provide good lifetimes,” said Frank Chen, VP fixture department, Shenghui/Sengled. “We selected the MHB-B LED because its leading light output, efficacy, and reliability will allow us to meet increasing industry requirements such as the DLC® 4.0 Premium category at the lowest system cost.”

Technical Specifications of XLamp® MHB-B LEDs

Introduced in a slim 5mm x 5mm packaging, XLamp features the cutting-edge EasyWhite® technology, enabling flexibility for lighting manufacturers to easily integrate MHB designs without the need for any additional investment.

Cree illustrates how XLamps can leverage designs significantly lighter and slimmer than mid-power LEDs. In high-bay reference applications, MHB-B LEDs power up 24,000 lumens with up to 130 lumens per watt system efficacy. High bays deploying the MHB-B are sized down by 44 percent, with a 36 percent smaller diameter in comparison to those developed with traditional mid-power LEDs.

Sporting a varied array of color temperatures from 2700K to 6500K, MHB-B has high CRI and multiple voltage options. Based on Cree’s high-power ceramic technology, the LEDs project an impressive product life cycle of 60,000 hours at 105°C.

Key Features of MHB-B LEDs

Consolidating its foundation on Cree’s industry-leading SC5 Technology, the new ceramic LEDs extend a mix of unmatched benefits, such as like high light output, improved efficacy, and enhanced reliability. Key features include -

  • Flexible 9‑V, 18‑V or 36‑V options
  • Drive current output: 700 mA (9 V), 350 mA (18 V), 175 mA (36 V)
  • Viewing angle: 115°
  • Available in 70-CRI, 80-CRI, and 90-CRI options
  • Unlimited floor life at ≤ 30 ºC/85% RH
  • Reflow solderable - JEDEC J‑STD‑020C
  • Electrically neutral thermal path
  • RoHS- and REACh-compliant
  • UL® recognized component (E349212)

“Cree continues to deliver LED innovations that allow our customers to differentiate their products in the marketplace,” said Dave Emerson, vice president and general manager for Cree LEDs. “The new MHB-B LED allows lighting manufacturers to achieve best system value for all high lumen applications including high-bay, roadway, and other outdoor lighting without compromising performance or lifetime.”

Cree's Compliance Policy for XLamp LEDs


The XLamp series is RoHS compliant with restricted materials below the maximum concentration values stipulated by EU Directive 2011/65/EC (RoHS2), January 2, 2013.


Due to the concerning nature of REACH substances, European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has made it mandatory to revise the SVHC listing on a regular basis. The company constantly updates SVHCs information as per the ECHA directional. RoHS and REACh declarations are obtainable from the 'documentation sections' at For more information on this product, contact a member of the WPGA team!