Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq:CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, announced that Indian Wells, California, has joined the LED City(r) initiative, an international program that promotes the deployment of energy-efficient LED lighting. The city has converted much of the lighting in City Hall, the Emergency Operations Center and the Public Works Maintenance Facility to LED lighting. Indian Wells is home to several world-class resorts and is internationally recognized for hosting high-profile golf and tennis events.
"It is initiatives like these that have made California a world leader in energy efficiency," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "I applaud the City of Indian Wells and the University of California, Davis for promoting the kinds of energy-efficiency measures that California needs to meet our aggressive goal of 33-percent renewable energy by 2020."
All circular recessed lighting in the buildings was converted to the Cree LR6 LED light, reducing electricity consumption by 80 percent. The City of Indian Wells plans to evaluate LED lighting for other municipal lighting applications to further increase its energy savings.
"The City of Indian Wells takes being green seriously," said Mayor Larry Spicer. "We are known worldwide for our extraordinary landscape and pristine environment, and we make stewardship of these resources a top priority. The recessed LED lighting we have installed throughout our municipal buildings cuts our energy consumption for those lights by 80 percent and is targeted to last for 12 to 25 years, significantly reducing the time and money we spend changing and tossing away bulbs."
"We collaborated with Southern California Edison for these initial LED lighting installations," noted Greg Johnson, Indian Wells city manager. "They gave us a directive to save energy. We conducted an initial evaluation of many different efficient lighting solutions, and the Cree LR6 LED recessed light was far superior to the others."