Tips

Did you know you can lower your energy bill even further when you use the following energy saving tips in addition to Cree LED products?

Switch to ENERGY STAR: Many of Cree’s products are ENERGY STAR certified. The ENERGY STAR label ensures that the bulb has been independently certified, has undergone proper testing, meets specific performance standards, and will save energy and money.

Don’t want to change all of your bulbs at once?: Consider replacing just five of your most-used bulbs with LEDs. The five most frequently used lights in your home typically include kitchen ceiling lights, living room table lamps, other living room lights, bathroom lights, and outdoor porch/house lights.

Use lower wattage bulbs: Only use the wattage that’s required to meet the room’s lighting needs, and consider choosing lower wattage bulbs for lights in your home that are left on more frequently.

Thinking of LEED certifying your home or business?: Since efficient lighting can count for up to two points in LEED credits, Cree LEDs can help your home or business with the LEED certification process.

Switch to LEDs for your office signs: Consider replacing the lights inside your business advertising and office exit signs with LEDs for longer lasting lights, fewer replacements, and lower energy costs.

Install dimmers: Dimmers not only allow you to easily dim or brighten your lights to the perfect setting, but can also help save energy and decrease energy costs.

Use your lights only when you need to: Remember to turn off your lights when you are no longer in the room, or for rooms with two exits, consider using two-way switches to ensure lights can be easily turned off before leaving. During the day, open your blinds to make the most of natural light and use daylight sensors to ensure your outdoor lighting is off during daytime. To capture additional savings, you can set your lights using a timer to automatically turn on only when you need them.

Install motion sensors: For extra convenience and an added security feature for your home, pair your outdoor lighting with motion sensors. Motion sensors are helpful for areas inside your home which have increased traffic but limited occupancy, including stairways, hallways, and garages. Motion sensors are also beneficial for businesses, especially in areas such as restrooms, conference rooms, break rooms or individual offices that are not always being used.

Take advantage of IoT technologies: Forgot to turn the lights off when you left the house or office? Consider using programs that enable you to control your lights, even when you’re away. IoT lighting technologies can help you to track occupancy patterns and energy usage, and better plan for your daily lighting needs. 

Regularly clean your bulbs: Removing dust, grease and other dirt from your bulbs on a regular basis can help with improved lumen output and an increased bulb life.

Choose the right color for your walls and lamp shades: Consider using a lighter color when painting your home or office. Lighter colored walls better reflect light, which allows you to use lower wattage bulbs or even use fewer bulbs. Similarly, lamp shades with colored glass or fabric can block 50 percent or more of light that’s emitted. Consider choosing light-colored or more translucent lamp shades, which can enhance your room’s brightness and also allow for the use of lower wattage bulbs. 
sustainability tips

FAQs

To Cree, the most important sustainability issues are to create sustainable products for our customers, continuously improve production efficiency, and ensure the health and safety of our employees and the community.

At this point Cree does not have a sustainability or CSR report. However, our team is developing a CSR report.

It is Cree's EHS policy to: 1) Design and develop products that realize energy efficiency, minimize environmental impacts, and have sustainable life cycles, and 2) Continually improve our EHS performance and reduce the overall impacts of our manufacturing processes. Cree’s  Corporate Environmental Health & Safety Policy can be found here.

We strive to minimize resource use and reduce the environmental impact of our production process. To better inform our customers, we are committed to transparency of our GHG emissions, waste generation, and water and energy consumption. Cree is dedicated to responsibly managing environmental impacts, including being in compliance with environmental legislation as a minimum, and ensuring continual improvement in our environmental performance. In May 2016, Cree’s environmental management systems became certified under the ISO 14001: 2004 standard.

The Cree Supplier Code of Conduct requires all suppliers to comply with applicable health, safety, and environmental laws and regulations to create safe working conditions and a healthy work environment for all workers. In addition, suppliers shall comply with all applicable labor and employment laws and regulations including wage and hour, freedom of association, equal employment opportunities, non-discrimination, child labor and forced or compulsory labor.