As of September 9th, 2013, the 1920's built hotel suite is now lit with a bulb the world has never seen before, a light bulb that gets a whopping 93 Color rendering Index while using only 13.5 watts. CREE's TW series bulb is the first in the market to meet the CA Energy Commissions voluntary LED bulb specification that requires a Color Rendering Index of at least 90.
Quick lesson on CRI... The sun is a 100 on the Color Rendering Index, which means all colors under the sun are true and natural. Ever since the light bulb was invented, we've been chasing that number. Now for the first time ever in the form of our beloved incandescent bulb, CREE is offering colors as natural as the sun. What this means for the Fairmont is they get a natural light which is truer to the sun at the same time reducing energy use. The good news is they made the shift from dingy light produced by CFLs, which were largely being used in the lamps throughout the suite.
Can I buy this light? Yes by Wednesday morning you can go to Home Depot online. They will be sold a retail price of $17.97 for the soft white 40-watt replacement (450 lumens) and $19.97 for the soft white 60-watt replacement (800 lumens), the CREE bulb quickly pays for itself and then pays consumers year after year.
From the Penthouse Suite at the Fairmont to the Family room of your home, CREE offers an efficient LED light, second to none.
PS Can you tell which light is the CREE bulb and which is the CFL? Same material, same wattage but look at the color!