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Cree Lighting Makes Upgrading to LED and Controls Easier with Key Enhancements to Retrofit Portfolio

Published on: 10/27/2020

DURHAM, N.C., October 27, 2020 – Cree Lighting announced today upgrades to its full line-up of LED retrofit products with the second generation ZR-RK Series LED Troffer Retrofit Kit now offering more options for both lumens and controls, the all-new CDR Series LED Retrofit Downlight for CFL pin based applications and greater efficiency from the next generation UR Series LED Upgrade Kit. Whether facilities are switching to LED for its ultra-efficiency, superior light quality or controllability, Cree Lighting’s retrofit portfolio now provides more versatility and higher value applications to make it possible.

“In the current climate, facility managers in every industry, including healthcare and education, are facing unexpected challenges and reassessing their project plans as a result,” said Erik Milz, VP of Product Management. “To better meet their needs, Cree Lighting is extending our retrofit portfolio to offer SmartCast® and Lutron® enabled control, new downlight options, and higher performance to help our customers pivot to more cost effective and less disruptive solutions while still achieving all the benefits of LED lighting, and now, intelligent control.”         

ZR-RK Series LED Troffer Retrofit Kit with Intelligent Control

Designed to install in just minutes, the ZR-RK Series Retrofit Kit delivers DLC Premium efficiency with 135 LPW and 85+ CRI performance in a code compliant form factor that eliminates the need to open the plenum or remove the existing troffer. Now customers can retrofit more spaces in schools and healthcare with increased lumen packages and new intelligent control options including Cree® Lighting’s SmartCast Intelligence Platform™ and Lutron® Vive® or Lutron® EcoSystem® embedded controls.  

The SmartCast® enabled ZR-RK Series brings scalable networked wireless intelligence to any space, delivering energy savings of 70% or more alongside highly personalized lighting experiences tailored for occupant comfort and productivity. From initial setup to daily operation, SmartCast® Technology also delivers simple and intuitive control with features like OneButton™ commissioning and scene setting via an easy-to-use touchscreen tablet. The Lutron® Vive® and Lutron® EcoSystem® controls, together with ZR-RK Retrofit Kits, also offer a variety of scalable control solutions from a trusted leader in lighting control, bringing the full potential of energy savings, personalized control and centralized lighting management to Cree Lighting’s retrofit portfolio. 

CDR Series Field-Adjustable LED Retrofit Downlight

New field-adjustable CDR Series LED downlights provide a versatile CFL retrofit downlight solution with innovative toggle switch control that gives customers the freedom to choose between three lumen outputs and three color temperatures, providing the perfect combination of 90+ CRI light for their exact needs across their space and over time.

The CDR Series’ unique can-less housing design, available in 6”, 8” or 10” aperture sizes, also enables easy use in new construction applications, saving the installer both time and money by eliminating the need for new cans. Equipped with robust tension clips for reliable mounting, the CDR Series downlight is a quick and easy installation perfect for both retrofit CFL replacement and new construction applications.

UR Series LED Upgrade Kit

The DLC eligible UR Series Upgrade Kit is a signature Cree Lighting innovation that enables easy retrofitting of outdated fluorescent fixtures to energy-saving LED using its unique magnetic clip design and electrical quick connects for fast installation. The kit is versatile, offering both 2-foot and 4-foot options along with multiple lamp configurations and color temperature options. With this update, the UR Series offers a greatly expanded lumen range from 2,000lm to 10,000lm options, 0-10V dimming to 5% now standard and an impressive 32% increase in energy efficiency, now achieving up to 135 LPW.

No matter the solution, Cree Lighting’s LED retrofit portfolio provides fast and simple installations, quick payback and reliability backed by industry-leading testing and the Cree Lighting warranty. To learn more about these products and how to select the optimal retrofit solution for a specific application, please read our article, Three Easy Steps to an LED Troffer Upgrade.

About Cree Lighting

Cree Lighting, A company of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, is a market-leading innovator of LED lighting fixtures, lamps and commercial lighting solutions for interior, exterior, and intelligent lighting applications. Cree Lighting’s cutting-edge technology delivers proven value for municipalities, as well as for education, automotive dealership, industrial and healthcare customers. The Cree Lighting team is committed to transforming the way people experience light through innovative technology and intelligence platforms that help make buildings more efficient and businesses more profitable. Visit https://www.creelighting.com for more information.


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Christopher Knospe, McDougall Communications for Cree Lighting, +1-585-434-2154, chris@mcdougallpr.com

Hannah Barry, McDougall Communications for Cree Lighting, +1-585-434-2153, hannah@mcdougallpr.com

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