LED Maker Cree Adds New Technology Centers in China

Shanghai At Night: A Growing CityThe so-called “butterfly effect” is well and alive in today’s LED lighting market. This theory states that everything on this planet is interconnected, so the flapping of a butterfly’s wings could launch storms in another part of the globe. In the LED world, a butterfly effect of sorts has begun, in the form of an important development in the quest to conserve energy by switching to LED light bulbs – namely, the opening of new Cree technology centers in China.

Cree Adds New Tech Centers in China to Meet LED light Demands

Cree is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of LED light bulbs. COAST Products uses Cree bulbs in our LED lighting products. Recently, Cree added several new technology centers in China. These centers will help boost the supply of LED lighting in eastern Asia. They will also offer Cree TEMPO (Thermal, Electrical, Mechanical, Photometric, Optical) services. This suite of services helps LED lighting manufacturers thoroughly test their products.

Growing Importance of LED Light Sources in America

The United States is also an important market for Cree, which has long produced some of the most cutting-edge, energy efficient LED light bulbs on the market. Cree’s TrueWhite LED lighting technology can deliver up to 1,300 lumens while using just 8.7 watts of energy – 152 lumens per watt. (For comparison, a traditional 75-watt incandescent bulb produces 1,100 lumens – 14.6 lumens per watt. Such a stark contrast makes it clear why the Department of Education is among the governmental agencies pushing Americans to switch out every energy-guzzling incandescent bulb for an LED light bulb. Overall, we could reduce American energy consumption by 16.5 percent by switching to 150-lumen-per-watt bulbs, according to Cree co-founder Neal Hunter.

The new Cree technology centers will increase global production of LED light bulbs, which will likely have quite a butterfly effect on American consumers. The easier it is for the world’s energy-conscious consumers to obtain efficient LED lighting, the more affordable and ubiquitous this technology will become.



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