Think of how many times you replace burned out incandescent bulbs in your house. You’re probably doing it a lot more than you’d like, especially if it involves pulling out ladder and awkwardly stretching into to reach the socket. Ready to give up the hassle, and enhance her home’s energy footprint and its aesthetic charm, soccer phenom Abby Wambach recently swapped every single one of her home’s incandescent bulbs for 150 new Cree LED light bulbs.
“You can really see the difference over my previous lights,” remarks the highest all-time scorer for the women’s national team and world-record holder for international goals among both female and male soccer players. “Everything looks so much brighter and clearer. I was shocked at the transformation.”
According to Cree, its LED bulbs boast a color rendering index of 90, which makes colors of objects look the way they were intended. Also, a color temperature of 3000K creates a warm, inviting glow. These features were particularly important to Wambach, who led a major cosmetic renovation of 3,979-square-foot Portland home. The new lighting accentuates all of the custom features that Wambach added. The fact that the Cree bulbs are expected to last longer than 22 years (25,000 hours of use), means that Wambach might never have to worry about replacing another bulb over my entire mortgage.”
Then there’s the energy savings Wambach is bound to realize. Both the Cree LED bulbs and the Cree BR30 LED Flood Lights that were installed are Energy Star certified and engineered to consume 8 times less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs. Cree offers a variety of other styles of LED bulbs, and to make it easier for homeowners like Wambach to find the right light, the manufacturer provides an interactive bulb finding guide on its website. Click on a specific area on a photo of a room, and the suggested bulb will appears along with all of its important features and specifications, and the opportunity to buy the bulb on the spot.
One of Cree’s newest LED offerings is the TW Series PAR30 LED Bulb, which is designed to deliver, bright, high-quality and focused light, making it a good choice in areas where directed or dramatic pools of light are desired, like in rooms with family portraits, artwork, and beautiful décor. It is available in 25 degree spot or 40 degree flood beam angles, and can be used in track and recessed fixtures. It is available for $19.97.
“From stadiums to homes, Cree is transforming the way the world sees light, We’re on a mission to eliminate bad light on the way to 100 percent LED adoption,” says Betty Noonan, Cree chief marketing officer.
Lisa Montgomery has been following the home automation industry for almost 20 years, serving most of her time at EH Publishing as the Editor of Electronic House magazine. She has been covering and writing about all facets of the home automation, and specializes in explaining high-tech topics to an audience of homeowners who are looking for advice on how to incorporate smart systems into their homes. Lisa also contributes regularly to CE Pro magazine, and in her spare time you can find her either at the gym or beach on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Bridgman, Mich., where she was born, raised, and still lives today, working out of a cozy home office along with her sidekick, Major, a rescued Yellow Labrador Retriever.