Rohm’s new compact high output lens LEDs

July 10, 2019 //By Wisse Hettinga
Rohm’s new compact high output lens LEDs
New design eliminates the need for light leakage countermeasures in vehicle instrument clusters

ROHM announces the availability of compact high output surface mount LEDs equipped with lens. This new lineup includes 18 devices, comprised of the CSL0901 series featuring standard brightness and the high brightness CSL0902 series.

Recently, most vehicle instrument cluster designs have adopted shields to prevent light leakage from the LEDs to surrounding areas. However, light leakage remains a challenge due to a small amount of space that is required between the shield and the PCB to account for expansion caused by temperature changes. Additionally, some applications using LEDs, such as automotive and industrial systems where electrical components are exposed to severe conditions, require high reliability from these components, so they can better withstand the effects of aging caused by the extreme environments they are exposed to.

In response, ROHM has taken a step ahead in the industry to develop products targeting applications that require high reliability at the component level, such as developing the first high-brightness silver-free LEDs to prevent sulfuration, which is one of the leading causes of aging.

This newest series consists of automotive-grade products that ensure high reliability in vehicle instrument clusters which operate under harsh environments. Raising the light source position from 0.18mm in standard products to 0.49mm allowed ROHM to significantly reduce light leakage. Meanwhile, size was reduced by approx. 18x compared to conventional reflector-type LEDs.


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