Can LED Lights Be Used for All Applications Now?

Sept. 30, 2013
With California’s strict new guidelines for LED lighting, manufacturers are working to come up with LED lights for all applications.

With California’s strict new guidelines for LED lighting, manufacturers are working to come up with lights that provide both energy savings and lighting quality. As they work to improve their technologies, we’re seeing LED lights that can be used for many, if not all, applications.

That’s the word from Mike Watson, vice president of corporate marketing for the manufacturer Cree. The company has released the first bulb to exceed the California Energy Commission’s new guidelines for this type of lighting.

The new Cree bulb achieves a color rendering index (CRI) of 93, making the TW Series Bulb the first to be eligible for utility rebates in California in 2014. SMUD has already confirmed it will provide a rebate for the new Cree TW Series LED Bulb.

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Lisa Cohn | Contributing Editor

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I’ve been writing about energy for more than 20 years, and my stories have appeared in EnergyBiz, SNL Financial, Mother Earth News, Natural Home Magazine, Horizon Air Magazine, Oregon Business, Open Spaces, the Portland Tribune, The Oregonian, Renewable Energy World, Windpower Monthly and other publications. I’m also a former stringer for the Platts/McGraw-Hill energy publications. I began my career covering energy and environment for The Cape Cod Times, where Elisa Wood also was a reporter. I’ve received numerous writing awards from national, regional and local organizations, including Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers, Associated Oregon Industries, and the Voice of Youth Advocates. I first became interested in energy as a student at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, where I helped design and build a solar house.

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