Record-Breaking Development in LED Lighting

Cree, Inc. announced last week that they developed a white power LED that produces 208 lumens of light per watt.  Why is this record-breaking? Single white power LEDs were thought to be limited to 200 lumens per watt efficacy prior to this development.  To help put this into context, standard fluorescent lights can only produce 100 lumens of light per watt at the very most. So, this new Cree LED product produces twice the amount of light possible for fluorescents.  By the way, conventional 60-100 watt incandescent light bulbs produce just 15 lumens of light per watt.

Cree clearly continues to develop LED lighting products that will start to render incandescent light bulbs obsolete in the near future, helping to push the market toward more environmentally-friendly lighting.  This announcement signifies that LED performance will continue to improve past industry expectations with further research and development.  While this product is not yet available on the market, lab-level LEDs from Cree in the past have taken only twelve months to be commercialized.

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

2 thoughts to “Record-Breaking Development in LED Lighting”

  1. Ah Cree, the nemesis of any small led light manufacturing company. But you can’t go wrong, they are are the standard.

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