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Published on October 4th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

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Cree LED Bulbs Now Energy Star® Certified, Can Save You $100s

October 4th, 2013 by  


Earlier this year, Cree released two groundbreaking LED bulbs which were both efficient and reasonably bright.

One is the same brightness as a 40 watt incandescent light bulb (that is a brightness of 450 lumens, the same as a 14 watt CFL). The other model is equivalent to a 60 watt (800 lumen) incandescent bulb. The second one has a rated power consumption of 9.5 watts, translating to an efficiency of 84 lumens per watt, which is well beyond that of the average LED bulb (which is in the 40-lumen-per-watt range, and is far more expensive).

These LED bulbs have now received Energy Star® certification from the US Department of Energy. This certification is not only an indicator that they are highly efficient bulbs, but this also means that you can get an instant utility rebate for them. The 60 watt incandescent equivalent can cost as little as $4.97 after the utility rebate.

Cree LED Bulb - From CreeBulb.com

Cree LED Bulb.
Image Credit: Creebulb.com

“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,” said Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and CEO, in an email to CleanTechnica. “Cree’s already affordable bulb combined with utility rebates makes switching to LED lighting an easy choice for consumers.”

It was also noted that the average US home has 30 light bulbs in it, each using an average of $7 of energy per year. With the Cree bulbs using just about $1 of energy per year, that’s about $180 in annual energy savings from switching from incandescents to Cree’s LEDs.


From the email: “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, 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.”

Apart from that, if the 25,000 hour lifespan rating is accurate, the reliability of these bulbs was not compromised. Maybe these really are no-compromise bulbs!

You can only buy these LED bulbs through Home Depot for now.

Image Credit: CreeBulb.com


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