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Cree Helps Denny’s Flip the LED Light Switch

01/14/2011 9:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.

Denny’s Corporation has chosen energy-efficient LED lights from Cree, Inc. as the preferred lighting standard for all its new and remodeled stores across the United States. Cree’s LR6™ six-inch downlights are being specified in various applications, including dining areas and restrooms in all newly constructed and converted facilities.

“We evaluated numerous LED light fixtures from a variety of manufacturers to ensure that we chose the best possible product and partner for this major lighting specification,” said Mitch Riese, corporate architect, senior manager of design and construction, Denny’s. “With the Cree LR6 fixture, we found the best value for our money, helping us deliver beautiful, warm light, while significantly reducing our energy consumption and maintenance requirements.”

Pete LaBarre, a Denny’s franchisee in Colorado Springs, is already seeing extensive savings since converting to LED lighting. LaBarre has installed more than 400 Cree LR6 downlights in the dining rooms of his five restaurants, a move that has saved him around $15,500 per year in energy costs. Impressed with the energy and maintenance savings from installing LR6 downlights in his dining rooms, LaBarre has decided to use the six-inch LED downlights in a variety of other applications. He has replaced 500 fluorescent bulbs and tubes with 200 Cree LR6 fixtures, illuminating the perimeter of each restaurant.

"Our lights stay on all the time, so we did a watt comparison of what we had in place before the LR6 downlights,” said LaBarre. “We found that we used 6,000 kilowatt hours less per month in the store that had the Cree fixtures versus the store that had the fluorescent lighting.”


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