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Two Pennsylvania Cities Join Cree LED City® Program

Aug 04, 2010
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Pennsylvania cities Ambler and Sunbury, have joined the Cree LED City® initiative, an international program that promotes the deployment of energy-efficient LED lighting. Both cities converted their street lights to LED fixtures made by Spring City Electrical Manufacturing Company, featuring Cree’s XLamp® MC-E and XP-E LEDs.

“We’re pleased to provide energy-efficient LED lighting engineered to bridge the gap between a city’s past and its future,” said Alan Brink, Spring City president. “Our ornamental street lights allow municipalities to keep the same aesthetic appeal as traditional oil burning lampposts while benefitting from the maintenance and energy savings associated with LEDs.”

The Borough of Ambler, located 15 miles north of Philadelphia, installed decorative Borough-style LED luminaires along Race Street. Each luminaire has a maximum input of 74 Watts and delivers light comparable to a 150-watt high pressure sodium lamp. Spring City projects an energy savings of 60 percent and maintenance savings of $15 per year for each fixture, or more than $100 saved each year for the installation.

Sunbury, located on the bank of the Susquehanna River, recently completed its installation of 10 Washington-style LED streetlights for an anticipated energy savings of 43 percent compared to traditional metal halide lighting. Sunbury city officials estimate the LED lights will save $29 per fixture each year, for an overall annual savings of $290.

“We welcome these cities to the LED City community and applaud Spring City for providing innovative products that help accelerate the adoption of LED lighting,” said Deb Lovig, Cree LED programs manager. “These installations represent the continued efforts of civic leaders like those in Ambler and Sunbury to achieve sustainability goals by making the switch to high efficiency, low-maintenance, mercury-free LEDs.”

About LED City
The LED City is an expanding community of government and industry parties working to evaluate, deploy and promote LED lighting technology across the full range of municipal infrastructure to:

* Save energy
* Protect the environment
* Reduce maintenance costs
* 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. Participants include Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham, N.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Austin, and Fairview Texas; Anchorage, Ala.; Tianjian and Huizhou, China; Tirupati, India; Torraca and Apecchio, Italy; Toronto and Welland, Ontario; Indian Wells, Calif.; Gwangju, South Korea; Danville, Va.; and Boston, Mass.

About Cree
Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications.

For additional product and company information, please refer to To learn more about the LED Lighting Revolution, please visit

This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors such as the possibility that actual savings may vary from expectations; the potential lack of customer acceptance of LED products; the rapid development of new technology and competing products that may impair demand or render Cree’s products obsolete; and other factors discussed in Cree’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 28, 2009, and subsequent filings.

Cree, XLamp and LED City are registered trademarks of Cree, Inc.

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