Cree to donate LED lights to Habitat for Humanity

Posted May 18, 2010 9:59 p.m. EDT
Updated May 20, 2010 2:11 p.m. EDT

— Durham-based Cree Inc. and Habitat for Humanity announced Tuesday a three-year, $1.5 million pledge to provide high-efficiency Cree LED downlights for kitchens in new Habitat homes.

“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,” CEO Chuck Swoboda said in a statement. “Future Habitat homeowners can enjoy lower electricity costs and most likely won’t have to change their light bulbs for the next two decades.”

More than 1,500 Habitat affiliates across the U.S. will have access to the lighting package, which features Cree’s newest LED downlight, the CR6™ downlight. The CR6 downlight is designed to last 50,000 hours, which is more than 22 years if the lights are used six hours a day.

The LED downlights exceed ENERGY STAR criteria, consuming 85 percent less energy than an incandescent and 55 percent less energy than a compact fluorescent.