Cree Introduces New Downlights

Cree, Inc. of Durham, North Carolina USA, has introduced the new KR8™ and LR6™ LED downlights. Cree says it designed the new LED downlights to provide an improved lighting performance and better value for new and existing commercial spaces. The new KR8 downlight adds an eight-inch downlight to the company’s KR Series. The KR8 features Cree WaveMax™ Technology and Cree TrueWhite® Technology.

Cree KR8 downlight

Cree KR8 downlight

According to Cree, this technology combination offers optical efficiency, precise beam control and long product life to higher ceiling applications, such as auditoriums, theaters, and airports. Cree also released the newest generation of its LR6 downlight. The new LR6 boasts even better light quality at a lower price than the original.

Cree LR6 Downlight

Cree LR6 Downlight

“With today’s announcement, Cree continues to accelerate the adoption of better commercial LED lighting with innovative technologies that provide superior light experiences,” said Betty Noonan, Cree chief marketing officer. “These new products continue our track record of delivering industry-leading designs that provide unprecedented efficiency and light quality.”

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With the new KR8 downlight enables lighting placement with ceiling heights from eight feet up to 40 feet. Additionally, the KR8 downlight covers most retail and commercial applications with 8,000 and 6,000 lumen outputs. Cree contends that the new KR8 can deliver more light than other LED downlights on the market.
The KR8 luminary comes in a range of beam spreads and provides what Cree characterizes as “unrivaled optical control.”

The specification-grade downlight integrates Cree’s WaveMax Technology. The luminaire employs a unique dual optic design that enables precision with beam angles as tight as 15 degrees. Cree claims that the KR8 luminaire with 90-plus CRI provides unmatched light uniformity and better color performance. Additionally, the new KR8 downlight boasts double the lifetime of its nearest competitors.

The KR8 can be dimmed down to one percent for lower energy bills and payback of less than two years*. The new KR8 downlight features an easy two-step installation. It comes in warm, neutral and cool color temperatures. The new Cree® KR8 downlight is sold through Cree lighting sales channels in the United States and Canada, and is backed by the company’s 10-year limited warranty.

Cree claims that its new Cree LR6 downlight provides more value than ever before. It delivers up to 1,800 lumens with a minimum CRI of 90. The downlight provides up to 100 lumens per watt, which is up to 89 percent less energy than the incandescent downlight it replaces and up to 58 percent less than a CFL. Cree achieved this performance combining its TrueWhite Technology with an integrated driver and thermal management design.

The company asserts that its LR6 downlights are the simplest to install retrofit LED lights on the market. They feature Cree’s patented Flip-Clip technology that Cree says it easily secures into most six-inch IC and non-IC housings without needing professional installers.

New construction can use the LR Series for recessed or pendant lighting applications. The LR Series is available in warm or neutral color temperatures, with three lumen packages and a variety of trim options. Like the previous generation product, Cree covers the new LR6 downlight with a 10-year limited warranty. The warranty is typically double the warranty of the nearest competitor solutions, according to Cree.