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  • Cree Helps Universities Switch to LEDs
Apr 2008
Cree Inc. of Durham, N.C., has launched LED University, a program to promote campus LED lighting initiatives. Early participants are North Carolina State University (NCSU), Marquette University, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Arkansas,  and Tianjin Polytechnic University in China; they are conducting pilots to entrance.jpg
Tianjin Polytechnic University graduate students, under the direction of professor Pingjuan Niu, PhD, created and installed about 1500 LED streetlights on campus streets.
determine the cost and environmental benefits of switching to LED lights in offices, dormitories, parking garages, walkways and roads. NCSU installed LED recessed-can lighting from Cree in the chancellor’s office and a dormitory and is installing LED parking garage lighting from BetaLED. Marquette is using LED T8 replacements from LED Dynamics in an administration office, along with LED recessed and task lighting. UC Santa Barbara installed 23 LED streetlights from BetaLED on a campus street; it said it is achieving a 44-percent reduction in energy use compared to traditional streetlights, as well as better light distribution and color rendition. The University of Arkansas has installed the first set of 1700 recessed LED lights from Cree, starting with the chancellor’s residence, that it will use in campus buildings. For details, visit:

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