25 May 2010


Cree LED fixtures to light kitchens in new Habitat for Humanity homes

LED chip, lamp and lighting fixture maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has announced a three-year, $1.5m pledge to provide high-efficiency LED downlights for the kitchens in all new homes built in the USA by Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical Christian ministry founded in 1976 that aims to eliminate poverty housing (having has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide).

“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 USA,” says chairman & CEO Chuck Swoboda. “Future Habitat homeowners can enjoy lower electricity costs and most likely won’t have to change their light bulbs for the next two decades," he adds.

The Cree LED kitchen lighting packages aim to help reduce energy costs for Habitat homeowners, as kitchens generally see some of the highest lighting energy usage in a home, according to ENERGY STAR. More than 1500 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the US will have access to the lighting package, which features Cree’s newest LED downlight. The CR6 is designed to last 50,000 hours (more than 22 years, if the lights are used six hours per day). Cree says that the downlights exceed ENERGY STAR criteria, consuming 85% less energy than an incandescent and 55% less energy than a compact fluorescent.

“Products and materials that reduce energy costs make homes even more affordable for Habitat partner families and also help to protect the environment," says Habitat for Humanity International's CEO Jonathan Reckford. "This is going to make a huge impact in helping us develop sustainable communities.”

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