This past week, Cree announced that it had developed an LED alternative to the popular 60-watt incandescent bulb found in many homes across the globe.
“We’re demonstrating that it is possible to make an LED light bulb that delivers the same bright, warm light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb. We want to show the world that this is what LED lighting can and should look like. And we want to help our customers […] bring bulbs like this to market.”
Before Cree developed this technology, most people had to use a 60-watt equivalent compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) if they wanted to reduce their energy consumption. A 60-watt equivalent CFL bulb consumes about 15 watts, but the light that is produced is often muted and unattractive. As you can see in the picture below, the Cree 60-watt equivalent LED light looks almost exactly identical to an incandescent bulb.
Cree hopes that this new bulb will finally win over stubborn incandescent users who don’t want to give up the glow of a traditional bulb.
“We understand why so many people are reluctant to let their incandescent bulbs go,” they said on the blog. “Even though they waste energy, they still provide that warm light that many of us love. But Cree is continuing to prove that LED lights can do it too.”