Cree Sets New Standard for LED Bulbs

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Cree Sets New Standard for LED Bulbs

New Cree TW Series LED Bulb First to Meet California Energy Commission Quality Lighting Specification

DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The bar has been raised with the latest Cree, Inc. (NAS: CREE) innovation - the Cree® TW (TrueWhite®) Series LED Bulb. The revolutionary bulb emits natural LED light - setting a new standard with a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 93. Cree is the first company to meet the California Energy Commission (CEC) LED bulb specification. The new TW Series bulb looks like a light bulb, lights like a light bulb and gives consumers another reason to switch to LED. The new Cree bulb is available for $19.97 for the 60-watt replacement.

New Cree TW Series LED Bulb is the first to meet the California Energy Commission quality lighting s ...

New Cree TW Series LED Bulb is the first to meet the California Energy Commission quality lighting specification (Photo: Business Wire)


California is yet again leading the nation with a higher standard for energy efficiency - this time it's across the lighting industry. The introduction of Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) led to a backlash of consumer dissatisfaction for many reasons, the greatest being its failure to provide Californians a quality lighting alternative to inefficient incandescent technology. New technology, like the new Cree TW Series LED Bulb, offers CA consumers a no-compromise alternative to CFL and incandescents.

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has long been a proponent for energy-efficient lighting technologies for its customers. SMUD will provide a rebate for the new Cree TW Series LED Bulb. "SMUD sees huge value in reducing the lighting portion of electric bills and is a staunch supporter of the new CA LED Quality lighting standard," said Elisabeth Brinton, SMUD Chief Customer Officer. "We are thrilled to see the first bulbs reach the market. This technical accomplishment makes a huge contribution to energy efficiency, while benefiting consumers with quality lighting," said Brinton.

The CA specification focuses on six quality attributes for LED lamps, including color temperature, color consistency, color rendering, dimmability, lifetime and light distribution. The new CA standard requires all retrofit lamps to achieve a CRI of 90 or better - the higher the CRI of a bulb, the more accurate the actual color of the objects it illuminates.

"The Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification was created to move consumers away from inefficient lighting of the past century and toward more efficient LED lighting technology," said Michael Siminovitch, director, California Lighting Technology Center. "The new Cree TW Series is the first bulb to meet the CA Specification and is exactly what consumers need to see in order to finally transform this marketplace."

The new Cree TW Series LED Bulb delivers an unprecedented 93 CRI. The high-performance bulb uses 78 percent less energy and lasts 25 times longer than typical incandescent light bulbs. The bulbs turn on instantly, are dimmable with most standard incandescent dimmers and are backed by Cree's industry-leading 10-year limited warranty. With a retail price of $17.97 for the soft white 40-watt replacement (450 lumens) and $19.97 for the soft white 60-watt replacement (800 lumens), the Cree bulb quickly pays for itself then pays consumers year after year.*

"The new TW Series is a great complement to our market-leading Cree LED Bulb that was launched in March and gives consumers more reasons to switch to LED lighting," said Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and CEO. "The Cree TW Series LED Bulb is another example of Cree's commitment to innovation and driving 100 percent adoption of LED lighting."

Please visit www.creebulb.com to purchase the bulbs online today.

*Based on Cree TW Series LED Bulb 60-watt replacements at 13.5 watts, $0.11 per kilowatt-hour, 25,000 hour lifetime and average use of six hours per day.

About Cree

Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and making energy-wasting traditional lighting technologies obsolete through the use of energy-efficient, mercury-free LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications.

Cree's product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices. Cree products are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, electronic signs and signals, power supplies and solar inverters.

For additional product and company information, please refer to www.creebulb.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors, including the risk that we may be unable to manufacture these new products with sufficiently low cost to offer them with acceptable margins; the risk we may encounter delays or other difficulties in ramping up production of our new products; the risk that actual savings will vary from expectations; customer acceptance of LED products; the rapid development of new technology and competing products that may impair demand or render Cree's products obsolete; and other factors discussed in Cree's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2013, and subsequent filings.

Cree® and TrueWhite® are registered trademarks of Cree, Inc.



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