Energy Efficiency Cree's new OSQ Area LED parking light

Published on June 8th, 2014 | by Nicholas Brown


Cree Introduces Sleek New Outdoor LED Luminaire

June 8th, 2014 by  

Cree's new OSQ Area LED parking light

The new Cree OSQ Area LED luminaire. Image Credit: Cree.

Cree, a manufacturer of cutting-edge LEDs has released a new LED parking lamp: The OSQ™ Area LED luminaire. This is designed and priced to replace 54 million high intensity discharge (HID) parking lights across the United States, facilitating energy savings of up to 70%.

The OSQ Area LED luminaire features a slender 3.8″ housing (partly due to the fact that light emitting diodes are as thin as credit cards). Other features include colour temperature options such as 3,000K, 4,000K, and 5,700K. The 3,000K colour temperature closely resembles the flattering, warm white glow of traditional incandescent light bulbs. 4,000K is not quite as warm, but its a neutral white, and finally, the 5,700K version is cool white (which resembles the average CFL).

Is It Worth It?

Cree says that it costs half as much as other LED luminaires on the market, enabling it to pay for itself in two years. Combined with a high efficiency of 100 lumens per watt, I would say this model performs decently.

According to the Cree press release:

The OSQ Area LED luminaire will soon be eligible for utility rebates to drive even greater affordability. Backed by Cree’s industry-leading 10-year warranty, the versatile OSQ Area LED luminaire is ideal for area and floodlight applications such as campuses, office and retail complexes, medical centers and municipalities.

Finally, its lifespan is rated at 100,000 hours, that is 50 to 100 times longer than the average incandescent light bulb! Now that is environmentally beneficial. We wouldn’t want to keep adding so many tungsten-containing incandescent light bulbs to landfills, would we?

These lamps are available to Canada and the United States.

Source: Cree.

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  • Les C Deal

    “We wouldn’t want to keep adding so many tungsten-containing incandescent light bulbs to landfills, would we?”

    I think the author is confused. Incandescent lighting is extremely uncommon in the application which is subject in this article (street and area lights), plus, tungsten lamps contain no hazardous waste other than sharp glass fragments. That said, I agree with the basis. Cree has some amazing products out there. The ‘A’ type lamps are extremely affordable, widely available, and pleasing to look at.

  • JamesWimberley

    Street and off-street outdoor lighting is one of the few uses that really do require electricity in the middle of the night. The gains from LED lighting are so huge – not just slashing power usage but also maintenance – that we can expect to see a rapid changeover, and a dip in that talked-up “baseload”.

    The downside is that LED lighting is so cheap to run that there’s no incentive to cut light pollution by sensible timing or motion sensors, and allow our children to see the stars.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Yes, but LEDs can be made so directional that most of the light is going to be pointed downward. That both saves more money and creates less light pollution.

      • Benjamin Nead

        Wow! Those “before and after” pictures (incandescent being “before” and LED being “after”) are amazing! I’m sure we’ll see something like this being phased into service here in Tucson in the upcoming years . . .

        • Bob_Wallace

          If Tuscon doesn’t get LED street lighting soon then you need to change city government. The cost savings are enormous.

          The city of San Diego, California, has launched a $16 million street-lighting upgrade. The city will replace 35,311 conventional high-pressure sodium (HPS) units with more efficient, longer-lasting broad-spectrum induction units. The National Lighting Bureau reported that the city expects to save $2.2 million per year thanks to energy- and maintenance-cost savings.

          Seven year payoff. They are also saving $800,000 annually by switching to LED traffic signals. And a bunch more with incandescent street light replacements (in the historical district).

          • Kyle Field

            This is the huge opportunity – replacing those crazy HPS bulbs with high efficiency LEDs. I think it would be great if they had a solar panel on each with a micro inverter integrated…same footprint, a slightly larger shadow..and net energy positive. Dunno.

        • Les C Deal

          Those aren’t incandescent, but HPS rather. They have a very poor CRI but ‘puke’ a lot of light. Metal Halide (stadium-type) appears similar to the LED “after” picture but uses up as much energy as the High Pressure Sodium. I can’t personally see maintenance going away fully (for a while at least) because LED diodes do die prematurely, and the repair of such diodes probably takes a more specialized approach than replacing an HPS lamp or ballast, but the energy savings may balance that out.

        • timbuck93

          I just wish the light will be yellower. It’s much better for our sleep at night, and if you’re sleepy, then let someone else drive.

          Humans need warmer light sources (not as low as incandescent but maybe halogen would be great because it has a LOT of green in it) so we don’t disrupt our sleep.

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