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Philips & Cree Are Energy Star Award Winners

Out of the 16,000 participants in the Energy Star certification program, the EPA and the Department of Energy have singled out 136 for award recognition; Philips and Cree were among them.

The full list of honorees is on the site. LEDs Magazine ran a summary of the awards that went to pure-play lighting companies.


No company whose main business is lighting was among the 72 honorees in the highest level of awards, the Energy Star Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence. A few of the companies on that list engage in some lighting operations (3M, Samsung, LG, Panasonic), but the bulk of their business is elsewhere.

For the second year in a row, Philips Lighting Co. was included on the second-level list of 55 organizations named Energy Star Partner of the Year. Philips introduced 374 products in 2013 that achieved Energy Star certification. Also on this list were MaxLite of West Caldwell, N.J., and Good Earth Lighting of Wheeling, Ill.

Separately, Philips (sponsor of this site) announced that its SlimStyle LED incandescent replacement bulb has achieved Energy Star certification. This is major news in the residential replacement market, because it means that, in much of the country, the SlimStyle -- which has dropped from $10 to $9 since its introduction this year -- might sell for as low as $2 after energy company rebates. The flat bulb won't be eligible for rebates in California, as pointed out, because its CRI is only 80. California's voluntary lighting standard requires a CRI higher than 90 to qualify for rebates. Only Cree's $20 TW bulb has made the cut so far.

Nine organizations were named in the third level of honors, dubbed Energy Star Award for Excellence. Cree was included in that number, in company with the Brentwood, Mo., distributor Metro Lighting. noted that Cree had introduced 90 certified products in 2013, and it cited the company for its "commitment to introducing Energy Star certified LED bulbs at an accessible price point for the consumer."

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