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Cree LEDs to Light Habitat Kitchens
May 2010
DURHAM, N.C., May 21, 2010 — Cree Inc. and Habitat for Humanity International have announced a three-year, $1.5 million pledge to provide high-efficiency Cree LED downlights for kitchens in all new Habitat homes built in the US.

“By providing cost-saving, energy-efficient lighting, Cree is helping Habitat build sustainable, affordable homes in partnership with thousands of low-income families across the United States,” said Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and CEO. “Future Habitat homeowners can enjoy lower electricity costs and most likely won’t have to change their lightbulbs for the next two decades.”

Kitchens generally see some of the highest lighting energy usage in a home, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star. More than 1,500 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the US will have access to the lighting package, which features the CR6, an LED downlight designed to last 50,000 hours. That is more than 22 years if the lights are used six hours a day.

The lights exceed Energy Star criteria, consuming 85 percent less energy than an incandescent and 55 percent less than a compact fluorescent.

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