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Cree LED Lighting Delivers Superior Light Quality And Maintenance Savings To NC State Student Housing

When NC State sought a lighting solution for Wolf Ridge at Centennial, the university’s first residence hall planned for LEED Silver certification, they chose industry-leading LED lighting from Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) to help the building achieve the rigorous certification and significantly reduce energy and maintenance costs. Luminaires installed in two of the project’s six buildings are already delivering positive results. Powered by Cree TrueWhite ® Technology, the luminaires deliver the industry’s best color quality, creating more inviting and better lit environments for student residents while significantly reducing the school’s operational expenses compared to outdated lighting technologies.

“We’ve received nothing but positive feedback from our student residents, especially when they learn about the energy efficiency of the LED fixtures and that lighting maintenance requests are a thing of the past,” said Dr. Barry Olson, director of business administration for campus life, NC State.

“The Wolf Ridge at Centennial student housing project called for the installation of thousands of luminaires, many of which operate 24/7,” said Pete Fraccaroli, facilities manager, campus life, NC State. “We needed an advanced lighting solution that allowed us to exceed LEED certification requirements and provide students superior color quality while delivering drastically reduced maintenance and energy costs to the university. The Cree LED lighting installed solved all of these problems.”

When fully completed, the six-building project will utilize more than 4,000 luminaires from Cree’s LED lighting portfolio. The hallways and stairwells are lit with Cree ® CR22™ and CR24™ LED architectural troffers and the Cree CR Series Light Engine, offering beautiful light quality and significant energy savings. The apartments’ interior space features the Cree SL24™ LED Surface Linear luminaire, providing high-quality illumination in a versatile design that installs in minutes. Additionally, the university was so impressed with the light quality in previous Cree LED lighting installations around campus, NC State installed Cree CR6™ LED downlights in the Wolf Ridge bathrooms.

“The installation at NC State is a testament to the positive impact on students and staff when high-quality lighting is installed,” said Mike Bauer, vice president of lighting sales, Cree. “Students and faculty can feel good about the mercury-free LED lighting replacing the old fluorescent fixtures and the additional energy savings, all helping to create a substantially beneficial environmental impact.”

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