In July 2012, Cree announced brighter LED downlights in the CR Series. The CR4-575L fits a 4″ housing and delivers 575 lumens, 90 CRI, 2700 Kelvin, dimming up to 5%, and 50,000 hours while only using 9.5 watts of energy. The CR6-800L fits a 6″ housing and delivers 800 lumens, 90 CRI, 2700 Kelvin, dimming up to 5%, and 50,000 hours while only using 12 watts of energy. Both are Energy Star qualified and they’re available in either the Edison or GU24-type bases. The CR4 sells for about $53, and the CR6 sells for about $55 (both at EarthLED).
A note of caution — you may have seen the CR6 at The Home Depot. LEDs Magazine reports that the updated CR6 won’t be offered through The Home Depot’s private label program, though the new CR4 is available at Home Depot. The new CR6 will be available through Cree’s lighting distributors. When you’re buying, make sure you’re verifying specs.
Update 9/11/12 – compare CR6-575L versus CR6-800L.