The University of Miami has joined the LED University program developed by lighting manufacturer Cree, Inc., Durham, N.C. The university's participation in the program involves installing new LED pole lights to improve walkway illumination on the main campus and retrofitting LED lighting at various interior locations.

Twenty BetaLED LEDway fixtures now illuminate walkways on the university's main campus in Coral Gables, providing much-improved visibility and safety. In addition, the university is evaluating LED lighting for interior applications such as conference rooms, hallways and classrooms. LED lighting pilot installations are saving as much as 70 percent on energy used for lighting conference rooms and hallways.

“With new LED lighting on our main campus, we achieve far better area illumination — enhancing visibility and safety at night,” said Humberto Speziani, vice president, business services. “The LED lights are more energy-efficient than other technologies, reducing our carbon footprint in line with the state's aggressive goals. The University of Miami is working toward ‘greener’ facilities, and we continue to evaluate new technologies, such as LED lighting for both interior and exterior applications. The university intends to monitor the performance of LED lighting and other sustainable technologies as they continue to advance.”

The LED University initiative is a growing international community of universities working to evaluate, deploy and promote LED lighting across their campus infrastructures to save energy, protect the environment, reduce maintenance costs and provide better light quality for improved visibility and safety.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 22 percent of electricity used in the U.S. powers lighting. In a world with soaring energy prices based on the availability and control of fossil fuels, and with growing concern about sustainability of the environment, a revolution in lighting is long overdue, said a Cree press release.

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