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Lighting Roundup: Cree, Digital Lumens, More

Here’s a roundup of the latest news in energy-efficient lighting.

Lighting company Cree has unveiled a prototype bulb that it says sets new standards for brightness and light quality.

The TrueWhite Light dimmable bulb is the brightest, most efficient, LED-based A-lamp that meets Energy Star requirements for a 60 watt standard LED bulb, Cree says.

The prototype delivers more than 800 lumens and consumes fewer than 10 watts. It emits a warm, incandescent-like color of 2700 K, with a CRI of at least 90, Cree says.

Cree has submitted the prototype for third-party testing to validate its lumen maintenance, light distribution and performance.

“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,” Cree chairman and CEO Chuck Swoboda said. “This is the first no compromise replacement for a 60 watt incandescent bulb.”

Lighting installer Relamp LED now offers financing for customers buying the Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System. The program requires no upfront capital and is cash flow positive from day one, Digital Lumens says.

Under the financing program, Relamp LED creates a fixed payment system based on anticipated savings from the LED retrofit project. Monthly payments are less than the monthly operating costs of the old, inefficient lighting. Once a customer finishes making payments to Relamp, all energy savings accrue directly to the customer.

“The Digital Lumens system provides a direct lighting energy reduction of up to 90%, which creates ample room for attractive financing packages,” said Michael Feinstein, Digital Lumens’ vice president of sales and marketing.

In other news, Expressway Toyota of Dorchester, M.A., has retrofitted its 45,000 sq ft dealership with Qnuru’s Vector line of high-wattage LED bulbs. The move slashed Expressway’s energy costs by over 80 percent, Qnuru said. The supplier also said Expressway has cut most of its lighting maintenance expenses because of the products’ five-year warranty and 50,000 hour minimum lifetime rating.

Finally, International Light Technologies has provided the LED case lighting for the 32,000 sq ft First Chance Convenience store in Pelham, N.H. The lights were installed in 16 refrigerator doors.

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