Seoul Semiconductor’s SunLike Series LEDs are the world’s first natural spectrum LEDs, as they produce light that closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight.
This achievement comes from using a new LED architecture, with a purple emitter in combination with a red, green, and blue (RGB) phosphor mix, unlike conventional white LED that use a blue emitter and yellow phosphor. By removing the blue LED light source and replacing it with a purple light LED chip, lighting technology is fundamentally transformed. For the first time it is possible to render colors accurately with very low energy use and positive effects on health. Compared with other LED lights, the new SunLike Series does not have a blue energy peak associated with eye discomfort and poor sleep patterns.
Furthermore, an ordinary LED spectrum is very different to sunlight, whereas SunLike’s spectrum is very similar. Thus, the light sources with SunLike Series LEDs will more accurately show the color of objects, as they would appear in natural sunlight. It's natural light spectra has color rendering of CRI-97 – close to CRI-100 of sunlight, and much higher than the CRI-80 of conventional LEDs.
The SunLike packaged LED technology from Seoul is based in part on a Toshiba phosphor technology called TRI-R. By using the TRI-R, the LEDs deliver a uniform and broad spectral power distribution (SPD) that is more like sunlight than are typical phosphor-converted white LEDs.
The applications of this new LED technology, with its diminished blue light peak, similar spectral curve to sunlight, accurate rendering of colors and reduced scattered reflection and glare are many, from Human Centric lighting for our home and office to commercial and art lighting.
Human Centric lighting
‘Human-centric lighting’ describes lighting that is designed to work with the human body’s natural rhythms. It relies on the well-established fact that the human eye detects the presence of a particular wavelength of blue light in the spectrum that makes up sunlight, and uses this to judge what time of day it is. In this way, light helps regulate our sleep–wake cycles and other bodily rhythms, and has a significant impact on our mood and well-being.
Human-centric lighting harnesses this effect by adjusting its brightness and colour temperature during the day to mimic natural light. To achieve its purpose, human-centric lighting must have a spectrum that resembles that of real sunlight, with just the right level of the crucial blue wavelength that triggers the body’s response. Most solutions described as human-centric do not have a spectrum that resembles that of real sunlight, so they end up providing too much or too little blue.
Seoul Semiconductor’s SunLike Series LEDs are different, as are the first LEDs to be closely matched to real sunlight, so they have the right level of blue that trigger the desired biological stimulus.