Cree launches new lighting control system

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

Durham-based Cree Inc., a company known for designing and selling LED bulbs, fixtures and components as a more efficient lighting alternative, is adding to its product repertoire with a new wireless lighting control system.
The company announced Tuesday that it is selling a self-programming, wireless lighting control system that, according to the company, can reduce energy consumption by more than 70 percent.
Called SmartCast Technology, the system will be sold through the company’s distribution channels in the United States and Canada. It works with certain Cree troffers, luminaires, and downlights as well as via a 0-10V interface for control of existing dimmable LED luminaires.
It has a Cree-designed feature called an “OneButton Setup,” according to a news rerelease, that allows luminaires enabled with the technology to “learn about their environment and form groups to maximize savings.”
In emailed response to questions from a Cree spokeswoman, the company believes that users’ additional savings from reduced energy consumption due to the lighting controls – on top of savings that the company says users see in the long run by switching to LED luminaires – will help drive adoption of LEDs.
The company doesn’t disclose sales or revenue projections. Cree shares trading were up 1.36 percent on Tuesday to $57.99.