Driver Compatibility Program (DCP)

Overview

Cree Driver Compatibility Program (DCP) identifies third-party drivers and determines the compatibility with Cree LED products. The DCP helps establish a larger solid-state lighting ecosystem, matching Cree LED products with compatible third-party drivers and Cree customers with driver manufacturers, enabling everyone to win in the LED revolution.

The first of its kind program for LED modules extends the value of Cree’s LED module warranty to customers who use any third-party driver tested to meet the Cree driver compatibility criteria. No other LED component manufacturer provides this level of design flexibility.

Benefits to driver manufacturers

For driver manufacturers, the DCP provides early access to Cree’s LED product roadmap, determines driver compatibility, identifies market needs and increases product and company visibility to Cree’s customers, expanding their market and enabling them to better serve lighting manufacturers. 

Benefits to lighting manufacturers

For lighting manufacturers, the program provides access to a wide range of third-party drivers, greater design flexibility and enables a shorter design cycle to get products to market faster. By leveraging the variety of technology and performance features of third-party drivers, the DCP enables lighting manufacturers to quickly address the unique requirements of different market regions and lighting applications, further differentiating their products and bringing new luminaires to market faster. 

Submission and Evaluation Process

The process for driver manufacturers to submit drivers is easy. If you are submitting drivers for the first time, please register to get started. If you are already registered, please log in to submit your driver data. The submitted driver data will be “listed” in the Driver Compatibility List (DCP Tool) that is viewable and searchable by Cree customers. If the driver meets the criteria screen for compatibility to a Cree LED product, the driver will be identified as “Meets criteria, not tested.” You also have the OPTION to submit samples and have your drivers formally tested leveraging Cree’s TEMPO SPOT Option D (Driver). The fee for this testing is $300 per driver-Cree LED product combination being tested. If your driver is found compatible after the evaluation, we will list your driver as “Meets criteria, tested - compatible.” 

Cree Driver Compatibility Program

Submission and Evaluation Process

Driver Compatibility Evaluation

Cree leverages its comprehensive suite of Thermal, Electrical, Mechanical, Photometric and Optical tests (TEMPO) for LED luminaires to evaluate third-party drivers for compatibility with Cree LED products. TEMPO SPOT Option D (Driver) provides a thorough multi-point evaluation and analysis of a third-party driver. It includes electrical and visual flicker tests to confirm the compatibility of the driver operating with a Cree LED product. A summary report will be provided with the TEMPO SPOT Option D.