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Cree LED Lights Were Chosen by Denny s

Published:2012-10-26 16:49:58 Author:Allen From:LEDEase Blog

Denny’s Corporation, America’s largest full-service family restaurant chain, has bought energy-saving LED lights from Cree, Inc. as the first-class lighting standard for all its new and remodeled stores across the United States. Cree’s award-winning LR6 six-inch downlights are applied in many places, covering 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,” explained Mitch Riese, corporate architect, senior manager of design & 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, Colo., finds that it can lower much energy by using LED lighting. LaBarre has installed more than 400 Cree LR6 downlights in the dining rooms of his five restaurants. This can help him save $15,500 per year in energy costs alone. Due to the energy and maintenance savings from installing LR6 downlights in his dining rooms, LaBarre has determined to adopt the six-inch LED downlights in other applications. Nowadays, he have substituted for 500 fluorescent bulbs and tubes with 200 Cree LR6 fixtures, brightening 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,” he said.

Another early LED lighting devotee is Joey Terrell, a Denny’s franchisee in Illinois. In 2009, Terrell set up his his second restaurant in Joliet, a suburb of Chicago. Based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards, the Joliet Denny’s combines natural lighting with Cree LR6 LED downlights to decrease the restaurant’s lighting load.


Terrell announced that this lighting design reduced utility costs by 83 percent and his electricity bill is now around $1,000 a month replacing the expected $2,100 a month on the basis of the average costs for his Mokena, Ill. location.


“Restaurants use 285 percent more utilities than the average commercial building,” said Terrell. “The easiest way to reduce these costs and improve energy-efficiency is to switch from traditional fluorescents to daylighting and LEDs, and that’s what we did.”


“Denny’s is a great example for any restaurant chain looking to become more energy-efficient,” said Craig Lofton, Cree LED Lighting vice president of sales. “Not only can switching to LED lighting offer energy savings and maintenance avoidance, but the Cree LR6 downlight delivers the quality of light customers want.”

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