University of Virginia Selects Cree LED Lighting for Improved Energy Efficiency

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The University of Virginia (U.Va.) recently upgraded the lighting in Rice Hall’s Robotics Lab, which is designed to be a showcase for energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling technologies. The newly installed CR Series LED luminaires by Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) are projected to reduce energy usage by nearly 60 percent while simultaneously improving the lighting in the classrooms.

Cree® CR-LE light engines replaced compact fluorescent (CFL) pendant downlights in LEED-certified Rice Hall’s Robotics Laboratory and CR22™ architectural troffers are planned for the Instructional Development Lab. Producing high-quality, energy-efficient light, the Cree LED luminaires not only reduce energy consumption, decreasing utility costs for the university, but also cut maintenance and operation expenses.

The uniform illumination from the Cree LED lighting impressed Dr. Mitchel Rosen, chief technology officer, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia. “There just wasn’t enough light in the room – it was too dark for an academic environment,” said Rosen. “The new LED lighting from Cree provides beautiful, far-reaching light coverage in the labs, a vast improvement from the previous fluorescent lighting.”

Designed to serve as a "living laboratory," U.Va’s Rice Hall is a public showcase for efficient operating systems where students, faculty and visitors can monitor the building's energy use. The facility gives students a chance to work with the building itself, using technology to help examine energy consumption and how to reduce it. Upgrading to Cree LED technology in the labs provides students with additional opportunity to analyze energy efficiency and light quality.

“The CR series is truly a no-compromise alternative when upgrading fluorescent lighting,” said Greg Merritt, vice president, Cree marketing, lighting. “Delivering high-quality light, longer life and greater energy savings than comparable fluorescent options, CR troffers and light engines are a natural fit for academic settings like the Robotics and Instructional Development labs at U.Va.”

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