Cree Expands Habitat For Humanity Committment, Now Offering Cree LED Bulbs

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Expanding upon its $1.5 million LED-lighting commitment to the Habitat for Humanity initiative, Cree will now be offering its new Cree LED Bulb to the noted home-building program.

Since Cree’s commitment began back in 2010, more than 3000 homes constructed by Habitat for Humanity have used the company’s ENERGY STAR qualified CR6 downlights.

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“As part of our mission to drive 100% adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting, Cree’s goal has always been to deliver LED solutions that save energy and fundamentally improve the overall lighting environment,” stated Betty Noonan, Cree chief marketing officer. “The addition of the Cree LED Bulb portfolio to our collaboration further supports Habitat’s efforts to create affordable, sustainable homes, while enabling homeowners to greatly reduce their energy usage for decades without sacrificing the light quality.”

“We are grateful to partner with companies like Cree that are helping Habitat serve families in need of affordable housing through product donations that can lower homeowners’ daily living expenses,” stated Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “Extending Cree’s current commitment to include the Cree LED Bulb furthers our efforts to build sustainable communities across the country.”

The new Cree LED Bulb 60-watt replacement, as its name implies, looks like a normal incandescent lightbulb. It isn’t, though, and is designed to use roughly 85% less energy than an incandescent bulb over a 25,000 hour lifespan — which can obviously help to lower energy bills, something helpful to those that are just scraping by.

For those interested, you can actually ‘estimate’ your potential savings (based on region) at Cree’s website, here.


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4 thoughts on “Cree Expands Habitat For Humanity Committment, Now Offering Cree LED Bulbs

  • What’s the CRI? And is it 2700k ? It would be great to include in the article an actual model number on the bulb so readers could look it up to see the specs!

    • This article is about their relationship with with Habitat for Humanity. If you want specs, I’m sure you know how to use the web.

    • Since 2700k is now the de facto standard and you have to actually do some searching to find low-cost higher colour temp bulbs in stores, I’d say yes.

      The CRI is certainly above 80, since no major manufacturer makes lower CRI LED’s as far as I know. And what more do you need to know? Above mid 80’s, any improvement in CRI is hard to see unless you’re doing photography or another particularly colour sensitive activity.

  • Want to add a shout out for the Habitat for Humanity program, check them out and if you have the time contribute some help on one of their building projects. You don’t even have to know how to drive a nail, just help with material handling or feeding the other volunteers is much appreciated.
    Giving access to zero net energy homes that also include solar power where feasible for families that otherwise would not be able to afford them makes this a program making a difference for those most in need.
    If you don’t have the time then at least patronize their stores where surplus building materials and used items from donations are sold to contribute to financing.

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