Cree is touting its new WaveMax Technology as a breakthrough that will both boost the efficiency of its LED lighting fixtures and create a richer visual ambience.
The Durham-based LED lighting company’s latest innovation is rooted in a special, multi-faceted lens – Cree has dubbed it DiamondFacet – that enables precision-control of light to exactly where it’s needed.
WaveMax is making its debut in two new light fixtures that are expected to be available this summer — one for offices and one for parking garages. But that’s just the beginning.
“You’ll likely see WaveMax on more products in the future,” said Tom Hinds, product portfolio manager.
The LN Series of suspended LED light fixtures “really spreads light evenly through the space,” Hinds said. “What that results in are spaces that are more visually comfortable.”
The use of suspended light fixtures, which reflect light off the ceiling, has been somewhat limited because of their high cost and the complexity of assembling the systems, which have a lot of pieces, Hinds said.
But WaveMax’s efficiency has enabled Cree to cut down on material costs and create modular, four-foot-long lights that snap together for easy installation, he said.
The price tag of the fixture itself will be similar to traditional suspended light fixtures, while installation should be cheaper and operating costs will be lower, Hinds said. LED lights use less energy and last much longer than traditional lights.
“We are trying to drive adoption (of LED lights),” Hinds said. “You do that through both the up-front price and efficiency, that total cost.” He added that the LN Series also will be price-competitive with competing suspended LED light fixtures.
The LN Series also can be paired with Cree’s SmartCast Technology wireless controls, a system that automatically turns off lights when a space isn’t occupied and dims the lights when sunlight is streaming through the windows.
Cree’s upcoming IG Series of LED fixtures for parking garages uses WaveMax to significantly reduce glare, which is a common complaint in the world of indoor parking.
Although those fixtures will cost more up-front than traditional parking garage fixtures, they will pay for themselves in less than two years because they will deliver energy savings of up to $275 per fixture per year, Hinds said.
They also are expected to be competitively priced with other LED parking garage fixtures.