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25 October 2007


Cree lights up 2008 Olympics

LED solid-state lighting components manufacturer Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA is to provide the effects lighting for the new Beijing National Aquatics Centre. Known as the ‘Water Cube’, the Aquatics Centre will be the home for nearly all of the 2008 Summer Olympics aquatic events.

Covered with a water bubbles design, the rectangular, plastic building will be illuminated by Cree’s XLamp LEDs from inside the structure’s translucent walls.

Picture: Around 440,000 Cree XLamp LEDs embedded in the structure will provide effects lighting during the 2008 Summer Olympics.

"The Water Cube is designed to provide spectacular lighting effects to be seen by millions of people around the world during the Olympics and for years to come,” said Dr. XiGuang Fu, chief engineer for Grandar Landscape Lighting and Technology Group, the primary contractor for the lighting project.

“This unusual venue spans some 80,000 square meters, and will have approximately 440,000 Cree XLamp LEDs embedded throughout the structure. The scale of the project, combined with unique lighting controls provided by Grandar, will result in a truly memorable display of changing images and colors,” said Scott Schwab, Cree Asia Pacific managing director. “It’s an extraordinary design that relies on LEDs to create dramatic effects while consuming as little energy as possible.”

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