Vishay Intertechnology UV LED Provides Energy-Saving Replacement for Mercury Lamps in Medical, Industrial and Printing Applications

Malvern, PA, USA – Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new ceramic-based, high-power UV LED with silicone lens. Designed to provide a reliable, energy-saving replacement for mercury lamps, the Vishay Semiconductors VLMU5200-385-140 delivers an exceptionally long lifetime in a 5.2mm by 5.2 mm by 3.1mm surface-mount package for medical, industrial and printing applications.

The silicone lens of the VLMU5200-385-140 enables an extremely long lifetime compared with typical mercury lamps. The environmentally friendly UV LED is free of heavy metals and provides increased reliability with its shock resistance and immunity to degradation from frequent on/off switching. While mercury lamps require complex drive circuits and need two to 15 minutes to warm up, the VLMU5200-385-140 allows for the use of simple low-voltage circuitry and requires no warm-up period.

Built on InGaN (indium gallium nitride) technology, the device released recently features typical radiant power of 2500mW at 500mA and 3600mW at 700mA in a wavelength range between 380nm and 390nm. The VLMU5200-385-140 offers a wide emission angle of 140° and provides radiant intensity of 1054 mW/sr at 700mA.

The LED’s specifications make it ideal for UV curing in nail salon, dental and poster printing applications; blood and counterfeit money detection; and photocatalytic purification. RoHS-compliant, halogen-free and Vishay Green, the VLMU5200-385-140 is compatible with reflow soldering processes and features a Moisture Sensitivity Level of 2 in accordance with J-STD-020.

Samples of the new UV LED are available immediately. Production quantities are available with lead times of six to eight weeks.