Cree Inc. has launched the LED University program, an international community of universities working to accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting. In addition to evaluating, promoting, and deploying LED lighting, goals include increasing energy savings, protecting the environment, reducing maintenance costs, and providing better lighting quality.
Initial participants and their projects include:
- North Carolina State University installed LED recessed lighting from Cree in the chancellor’s office and a dormitory, and is installing LED parking garage lighting from BetaLED.
- Marquette University installed LED T8 replacements from LED Dynamics in the vice president for administration’s office and is installing LED recessed and task lighting.
- The University of California at Santa Barbara installed 23 LED street lights from BetaLED on a campus street and reports a 44% reduction in energy use compared to its traditional street lights, as well as better light distribution and color rendition.
- The University of Arkansas has installed the first set of what it plans will be approximately 1700 recessed LED lights from Cree in university buildings, starting with lighting in the chancellor’s residence.
- Thianjin Polytechnic University in China installed 1500 LED streetlights designed by its graduate students on the campus’ main roadway.
“Our commitment to become the first university in Cree’s LED University initiative marks an important milestone for N.C. State University,” said James Oblinger, chancellor of North Carolina State University. “Part of our mission is to develop and implement real-world solutions that have global impact. N.C. State has a strong heritage in energy research and conservation—including LED research. We are proud to note that Cree was founded by N.C. State graduates based on research work conducted in our engineering labs. It’s the basis for our commitment to this partnership. By joining the LED University initiative, we are making a long-term investment in an energy efficient future for N.C. State.”