DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 21, 2010 — Cree Inc. has released the XLamp ML-E LED half-watt LED device, a compact and cost-effective solution for distributed LED arrays that can enable them to meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star performance criteria. It delivers lighting-class performance in applications where a smooth, uniform appearance is required, such as LED fluorescent tube replacement, ceiling-mounted panel lights and under-cabinet lighting. Unlike other low-power LEDs originally developed for consumer electronics and backlighting applications, the XLamp ML-E delivers the color binning, efficacy, thermal resistance and long-term reliability required for Energy Star luminaires and bulbs, according to the company. It delivers full-size features in a small, affordable package with luminous flux of up to 58 lm at 150 mA in cool white (5000 K) and up to 48 lm in warm white (3000 K). Like the XLamp MX-6 and MX-3 LEDs, it provides a tightly controlled uniform angular chromaticity and a 120° viewing angle, optimized for distributed lighting applications. It also shares the same ANSI-compliant chromaticity binning used by the XLamp XP and MX families of LEDs.