Cree, Lutron integrate LED products and controls for maximum energy efficiency

May 09, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The growing demand for energy-efficient LED lighting solutions combined with increasingly stringent energy and building codes require an advanced level of lighting and control integration. Against this background, LED semiconductor vendor Cree announces an agreement with Lutron Electronics Co to embed the latter's EcoSystem technology on a chip in Cree luminaires. The move aims at accelerating LED adoption and increase energy efficiency for building designers, contractors and owners.

The combination of industry-leading LED technology from Cree with proven energy control strategies from Lutron yields an energy-efficient commercial troffer lighting control and delivery system. The solution introduces digital intelligence to the control of Cree LED luminaires and delivers integrated, pre-tested system compatibility that is backed by the Lutron Services Company to ensure performance of the system as a whole.

“With this alliance, we break new ground for LED fixtures and control systems—turning compatibility into a feature, not a challenge,” said Gary Trott, vice president of market development, Cree lighting. “An integrated system can increase performance across the board – efficiency, lifetime and payback.”

By using Lutron energy management solutions, Cree LED lighting can significantly reduce building owners operating costs and continue to deliver the fastest payback in the industry. From Cree's perspective, the company's LED fixtures are an ideal match for embedded Lutron EcoSystem technology because digital control and dimming of LED fixtures can significantly extend LED lifetime, and also allow flexibility to reconfigure and improve occupant experience in any space.

“Working with Cree, we're able to expand our system networks by combining their innovation and leadership in the LED arena with our 50-year history as a leader in light control and total building solutions,” said Eric Lind, vice president of global specifications at Lutron. “This capability of enabling Lutron EcoSystem technology by embedding a chip into the driver of an LED luminaire eliminates concerns about system compatibility, brings digital intelligence to the control of LEDs, and showcases Lutron's open networks. Lutron EcoSystem controls have the ability to directly connect to Lutron's complete line of wired and wireless systems as well as other building protocols, such as BACnet, to allow seamless control and energy saving capability for our customers.”

Cree CR Troffers equipped with Lutron EcoSystem technology can increase luminaire lifetime up to 50 percent and substantially increase lumen maintenance factors, the company claims. This calculation is for typical