August 12, 2010

Europe’s First All-LED Industrial Plant Opens in The Netherlands

Packaging Facility Features More Than 100,000 Cree XLamp® LED
DURHAM, N.C. -- The LED lighting revolution achieved another victory with the opening of an industrial plant lit exclusively with LEDs. Located in Etten Leur, The Netherlands, the full-service consumer products packaging plant is owned and operated by Kompak. All interior and exterior lighting fixtures feature Cree XLamp® LEDs and were developed and installed by LedNed, a Dutch LED lighting pioneer.

“In building this new packaging facility, Kompak’s management wanted to demonstrate its commitment to the highest-quality production systems, while minimizing the plant’s environmental impact,” said André ten Bloemendal, commercial director, LedNed. “We are particularly proud of the warehouse lighting we developed for this project, Led Lightline, which provides uniform illumination over all horizontal and vertical surfaces, something that is incredibly important given Kompak’s nearly 14 meter-high warehouse ceilings.”

Lightline features motion detection, daylight correction and other custom options to increase light availability in spaces where more light is required. Spanning 3,500 meters, Lightline is fully integrated into the plant’s sprinkler system, doubling as emergency lighting should there be a power failure at the plant. Other LedNed products used include LedTube® tube lights in office areas, as well as FlexiLightPanel® LED panels and LedNed consumer bulbs throughout the facility.

According to Steven Nijweide, project manager at Kompak, the use of LED illumination throughout the plant has shown a 20,000-KWh reduction in electricity usage when compared to conventional lighting, translating into a nearly 135,000 kilogram annual carbon offset. In addition to the energy savings, the lighting has been configured to provide automatic, daylight-compensated, and optimal task illumination throughout the office and production areas. Kompak’s facilities are designed for a three-shift operation, making it imperative for the lighting fixtures to work with the building’s automation systems. The LED-based luminaires have been easily integrated, creating responsive and functional lighting for employees whenever and wherever they are in the plant.

“Historically, high-bay illumination systems have been difficult to design and implement, given the lumen output required,” said Paul Thieken, marketing director, Cree LED Components. “LedNed’s Lightline fixtures, featuring Cree’s powerful and bright XLamp XR-E and MC-E LEDs, are enabling the Kompak facility to take full advantage of the benefits of LED lighting.”


About LedNed
Dutch-based LedNed is a pioneer in the areas of research, development and production of high-quality LEDs. LedNed is the only LED producer in the world that meets the strict energy and environmental standards of the RoHS, and the only LED producer in The Netherlands with a KEMA CE certificate on its entire product line. LEDs from LedNed fit all standard light fittings. For more information, please visit www.ledned.nl.

About Cree
Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions for backlighting, wireless and power applications.

Cree’s product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and radio-frequency/wireless devices. Cree solutions are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, electronic signs and signals, variable-speed motors, and wireless communications.

For additional product and company information, please refer to www.CreeLEDLighting.com. To learn more about the LED Lighting Revolution, please visit www.creeledrevolution.com.

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