After a few months of anticipation, we’ve finally succeeded in getting our hands on more than a glimpse at the amazingly small Ledil lenses for Cree’s XP series. The white XPG and blue XPE LEDs from the industry performance leader have a much smaller size than the current generation of LEDs which are now serving as efficient lighting in all range of applications in addition to aquariums. Since Cree’s XP LEDs are so much smaller it has taken a while for secondary lens makers to figure out the best design and manufacture. One of the most prolific lens makers is a company called Ledil, which we first wrote about from their use on CoralSky Versa SL strips. The new line of Ledil lenses includes the Lisa and Tina LED lenses, the Regina LED reflector, and handful of other girly named lenses. The Lisa LED lenses is what we we’ve acquired and since the XPG white and XPG blue are actually slightly different sizes, and so are the Lisa lenses. OUr batch is optimized for the XPG whites but with a little sitcky they ought to hold on to XPE blue LEDs just fine. With the availability of various lenses becoming more widely available for Cree’s flagship LEDs we’ll probably see the Lisa, Tina and eventually the Regina at DIY LED vendors very soon. These new smaller lenses and more efficient reflectors will allow DIYers and LED light manufacturers to make smaller and definitely thinner lights for use with the next generation of smaller LED packages. We’ll soon be applying the new Lisa LED lens on some various XP LEDs we have lying around but in the meantime, follow the break to see a lot more shots of this amazingly small new LED lens.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.