Like the direction the company seems to be taking. I am an architect and see the transition to solid state products as a serious opportunity, particularly referencing replacement lamping for commercial users. Looking to get some samples on the PAR product in my office for review & testing. Will check back once I have more to go on.
Waiting on possible news about Winn Casinos-One thing to note about their deal with the Mexican resturants was that they compared Cree, Phillips with Nexxus and they chose Nexxus. Says alot about the product.
Do you see inherent advantages in solid state lighting compared to other energy-efficient modes such as florescent?
I now see low-energy florescent bulbs as having gained some market acceptance. But I use them, and I find the initial dimness pretty annoying -- it can take up to a minute for the bulb to come to its full brightness.
By contrast I've also used LED flashlights. LED lights totally impress me by how bright they can be -- instantly -- even with a tiny AA or AAA batteries -- AND by how little energy they need -- a battery will last and last, even with almost constant use.
I wish I could try out a home-consumer version of an LED light-bulb. The ARRAY product could be used at home -- the screw-in base is standard sized -- but it's clearly not priced for home use at this point.
I think the Array lighting could be BIG. 80% savings in energy alone. For From Casinos in Las Vagas to large government buildings, and everyone is trying to save on energy these days. You're right, a little pricy,but the payback over the 5 year guarantee on the lights is well worth the investment. IMHO
I would say fluorescent is basically the spec standard now for everything from downlighting to most pendants/sconces/etc in commercial use. My take is the first push would be PAR replacement (huge market and particularly in retail/hospitality fluorescent is not the right answer). Next, the holy grail of general lighting - fluorescent (meaning spec grade tube) probably will own for awhile. Thing is, the technology is kind of near maxed out. I remember paying around (at least) $12 for the first screw in fluorescents back 15 years or so ago (and they were pure crap). This technology will ride down the chain to residential use, only question is how the pricing/timing play out. Anyhow, I have evaluation units & will state my experiences here.