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Published on December 6th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Cree Introduces 75 Watt Equivalent LED For $24

December 6th, 2013 by  

Cree has introduced an LED bulb that produces as much light as a 75 watt incandescent bulb, except it uses 82% less energy, translating to a reasonable power consumption of 13.5 watts.

This bulb is of the standard A19 type, it has a warm white colour temperature of 2,700K (for those fond of the flattering incandescent glow), and Cree claims it will last 25 times longer. The brightness is an adequate 1,100 lumens. A fluorescent bulb of this brightness would consume about 20 watts.

These bulbs are also dimmable, so people can set up a few of them to achieve a very high brightness per room if desired or needed, and they can simply dim them to save energy when the extra brightness is not needed.

Cree LED Bulb - From

An older Cree LED bulb.

As Cree said in a news release:

“Cree LED Bulbs are the ideal replacement for energy-wasting 75-watt incandescents and compromise-laden CFL lighting. Boasting the same shape and size as the popular A19 traditional bulb, the Cree LED 75-watt Replacement Bulbs can be placed in most lighting fixtures in the home. Unlike many low-priced LED bulbs, Cree’s omni-directional LED bulbs turn on instantly and are easily dimmable with most standard incandescent dimmers. The high-performance bulb is illuminated by Cree LED Filament TowerTM Technology and provides a compact optically balanced light source within a real glass bulb to deliver consumers the warm light they love and want.”

Lighting efficiency has come a long way, hasn’t it? It seems like just yesterday that light bulbs were consuming 75 watts. These efficiency and price improvements will be most beneficial to people who use recessed lighting, as such setups often involve separate light bulbs, so the cost per bulb has to be acceptable.

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  • Wayne Williamson

    I really haven’t joined the foray into LED replacements, The first one I’ll replace is the CLF in the light post out front when it dies. I have bought the small “night light” ones (5watt equivalant) as they were still incandescent and burned out in a short period of time.
    As a side note(being as it is Xmas), I did replace all my hanging lights with leds several years ago. One of the main reasons was being able to string many(lots) together and not exceed the recommended amps. I am a little disappointed this year to see some gaps(lights out) in the strings. I was hoping for at least ten years from them.

  • Matthew

    Here is what I did. Every month I promised myself I would pay all my bills on time, and every month I didn’t have a late fee, I bought 1 or 2 LED bulbs. My house is now filled with them. Win Win!

  • Kyle Field

    This pricing is a bit higher than I was expecting for a higher output Cree bulb. Based on 4hrs of usage per day, 250 days/year @ $.13kwh…these bulbs pay out in 3 years almost on the button. I’ve swapped out most of the high usage bulbs in the house from CFL to LED and will continue to cutover the rest as the cost of LEDs drop further. Good stuff 🙂

    • Bob_Wallace

      They’re just scraping a bit of cream off the top of the jar. With their 60 watt replacements selling for under $10 we know those high prices won’t hold.

      • Otis11

        I hope so – and I hope it drops soon. At $24 they’re a hard sell, but around $10 they’d be a steal…

        Also, I’m assuming these are the same 80 CRI bulbs as the lower versions? Less than ideal, but enough for most people.

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