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Cree $10 LED bulb breaks barriers

The firm's bulb based on III-nitride chip technology has receives ENERGY STAR qualification and is now even more affordable thanks to utility rebates
As part of its ongoing mission to drive 100 percent adoption of LED lighting, Cree has earned ENERGY STAR qualification for its soft-white LED bulbs.

Cree warm/soft white LED 60W replacement bulb

ENERGY STAR qualification signifies these Cree LED bulbs now qualify for incentive rebates through certain local utilities. Not only do the ENERGY STAR-qualified Cree LED bulbs look and light like traditional incandescent bulbs, use 84 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than typical incandescents, but now they will be even more affordable in select markets with utility rebates.

“ENERGY STAR qualification can enable the Cree LED bulbs to be purchased with an instant utility rebate, delivering consumers a quality LED bulb for under $5,” says Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and CEO. “Cree’s already affordable bulb combined with utility rebates makes switching to LED lighting an easy choice for consumers.”

Cree LED bulbs pay for themselves quickly and then pay consumers year after year. Based on $4.97 retail price (after utility rebates), on a 60W replacement at 9.5 watt, $0.11 per kilowatt-hour, 25,000 hour lifetime and average usage of 6 hours per day, the bulb can pay for itself in less than a year when combined with the utility rebates.

IMS Research says inefficient incandescent and compromise-laden CFL bulbs are currently installed in more than five billion residential sockets across the United States.

And according to ENERGY STAR, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that's ENERGY STAR-qualified, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year. This would save about $600 million in annual energy costs and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse-gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.

Cree LED bulbs turn on instantly and are easily dimmable with most standard incandescent dimmers. The soft-white Cree LED bulb 60W incandescent-replacement consumes just 9.5W, while delivering a light output of 800 lumens. The Cree LED bulb 40W incandescent-replacement in soft white delivers 450 lumens and consumes just 6W.


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