What is a Cree LED?
If you have been in the market for any type of LED lighting whether it’s a flashlight, floodlight, home lighting, etc. you have probably heard the term “Cree”.
Cree LED’s are a newer type of LED designed by Cree Inc. a company headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. Cree LED’s are much more efficient than standard LED’s as well as being more powerful, because of these factors Cree LED’s are revolutionizing the lighting industry.
Cree LED’s emit a very bright, pure, white light which makes them ideal for a large number of different applications from home lighting to industrial uses.
Cree LED’s look like a small silicon computer chip rather than the typical LED bulb that you are probably used to seeing everywhere nowadays.
A Cree LED has a typical life span of an amazing 100,000 hours!
If you take a look at the lumens per watt (~100 L/W in 2015) the Cree LED has a clear advantage over Compact Fluorescent (~55-70 L/W) and Incandescent (~10-20 L/W).
In 2014 Cree Inc. Produced a record breaking 303 Lumens per watt LED which shows the potential that Cree LED’s will have in the coming years.
Cree LED Light Bulbs
Cree has been producing LED bulbs for the home that are Energy Star rated since 2013 and they currently have ~10% of the home LED market. These light bulbs will last for many years and only use a fraction of the electricity compared to Compact Fluorescent and especially incandescent bulbs.
Switching your whole house over to Cree LED light bulbs is one of the easiest and most cost-effective things you can do.Click here for more Cree LED light bulb options from Amazon
Cree LED Industrial Use
There are quite a few products available that use the power of Cree LED’s to make the workplace brighter and safer. I can only tell you how many times I have been burnt by old style incandescent work lights while I was working in the garage or other projects. LED’s don’t put out anywhere near the amount of heat as incandescent bulbs while being much brighter at the same time.
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Cree LED Flashlights
One of the most common uses for the amazing Cree LED is in the flashlight industry. Most people are familiar with the low quality, low brightness, multi LED flashlights that have been available on the market for years now, well I can personally tell you that the flashlights using the Cree LED chip are so much better and brighter it literally is a night and day difference. Add to that the fact that the Cree LED chip is so efficient that batteries can be smaller and last much longer than the old 2 or 3 “C” battery flashlights and it’s a win-win situation.
There are some really nice Cree LED flashlights on the market right now, here is a few of them.
Decaker® Professional Series Flashlight Kit (TKA100)- Our Best and Brightest LED Tactical Flashlight Max 800 Lumens, 5 Modes, Zoom Lens, Includes Rechargeable Batteries, Battery Charger Buy From Amazon
SOLARAY PRO ZX-1XL Professional Series Flashlight Kit – Our Best and Brightest LED Tactical Flashlight, Extended Run-time, Rechargeable, Ultra Bright, 5 Modes, Zoom Lens and Mini-Pro 1 Zoomable Light Buy From Amazon
And if you would like to know more about these powerful little flashlights using the super bright Cree LED you can check out this article.
After doing a lot of research into the Cree LED and Cree Inc. the company behind this awesome little LED chip I can say without a doubt, “The Cree LED has a very bright future ahead” (pun intended!).
For more info you can visit the Cree Inc. home page here.