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Cree one ups Edison — makes an LED for home use

January 27th, 2011

From Green Right Now Reports

Move over CFLs. LEDs are ready to take on the residential market.

Cree's TrueWhite will challenge CFLs to be the most efficient "60 watt" bulb

Cree, Inc., the North Carolina-based LED light manufacturer, is crowing today about its new LED-based light bulb that the company reports is the brightest and most efficient LED replacement for the standard 60-watt bulb.

The Cree TrueWhite®, as its being called, will bring the end of the “horse-and-buggy era” incandescent bulb invented by Thomas Edison 131 years ago, according to a Cree announcement.

The bulb also will challenge CFLs for market share, possibly offering a safer end-of-life solution than CFLs, which contain a small amount of mercury.

The TrueWhite bulb, which emits 800 lumens and yet consumes fewer than 10 watts, has been sent for third party testing to verify its output and energy efficiency.

Cree declares that the dimmable bulb will provide users a no-compromise experience because it “emits a beautiful, warm, incandescent-like color of 2700 K.” Bulbs in that color range are available as CFLs as well, but Cree says its bulb will break all previous efficiency standards.

“This is a significant milestone for the industry,” said Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and chief executive officer. “In the race to commercialize low-cost, energy-efficient LED bulbs, the industry has forgotten that LED lighting is supposed to look as good as the technology it is replacing. This is the first no-compromise replacement for a 60-watt incandescent bulb.”

The price? TBA.

Read more at the TrueWhite Light website.

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