Cooper Lighting recently provided its Halo 4-inch and 6-inch LED recessed downlights to Florida International University's (FIU) Solar Decathlon team. The energy-efficient products are included in FIU's Performance House design concept featured at the Solar Decathlon held in October in Washington, D.C.

Tasked with designing and building an innovative and efficient solar home, the team decided on features like a rainwater collection system and northward-facing glass doors. No less important, they also needed to effectively and efficiently light the space. With the help of Cooper Lighting, the team selected Halo H7 LED Downlights and Halo H4 LED Downlights to illuminate all interior spaces and keep overall energy costs down. “Our goal with the lighting was to choose a product that offered a neutral color temperature to match the white ceiling, walls, panels and cabinetry around the house,” said Orlando Leone of FIU's Solar Decathlon team. “And since the competition focuses on developing a final product that uses minimal energy, we needed an extremely efficient solution. The Halo lighting fixtures that Cooper provided were a perfect fit and helped to provide the exact look and efficiency rating we hoped to achieve.”