24 January 2024
Nichia launches chip-scale LED with horizontal light distributionNichia Corp of Tokushima, Japan — the world’s largest gallium nitride (GaN)-based light-emitting diode/laser diode (LED/LD) manufacturer and inventor of high-brightness blue and white LEDs — has commercialized a chip-scale LED (part number NFSWL11A-D6) that achieves a horizontal light distribution. Conventional LEDs are known as directionally efficient light sources and are therefore often used in a variety of lighting fixtures by controlling the light with secondary optics. However, due to their strong frontal light, there is a tendency for the emitting surface of the lighting fixture to be grainy. Therefore, lighting fixtures using conventional LEDs are designed to be thicker to avoid uneven lighting patterns. The NFSWL11A-D6 is a white LED that realizes horizontal light distribution by combining Nichia's expertise and technology in phosphors and LEDs. Nichia believes that the NFSWL11A-D6 will contribute to thinner and lighter lighting fixtures and reduce the use of resources for lighting fixture designs as well as the building materials in which they are installed. In addition, the strong horizontal light creates a soft, low-glare light that envelops the entire environment. Nichia reckons that these unique features will bring new possibilities to the design of lighting fixtures. New value can be added to solid-state lighting by saving resources and improving building safety by reducing the weight of lighting fixtures and ceilings. Nichia expects that the NFSWL11A-D6 will contribute to the realization of completely new lighting fixture designs and lighting environments.