Cree, a LED lighting company and Habitat for Humanity International have entered into a three-year, $1.5m partnership to provide LED downlights for the kitchens in all new Habitat homes built in the US.

Chuck Swoboda, chairman and CEO of Cree, said: ”By providing cost-saving, energy-efficient lighting, Cree is helping Habitat build sustainable, affordable homes in partnership with thousands of low-income families across the US.

”Future Habitat homeowners can enjoy lower electricity costs and most likely won’t have to change their light bulbs for the next two decades.”

Cree said that its LED kitchen lighting packages can help reduce energy costs for Habitat homeowners, which according to Energy Stark generally leads to some of the highest lighting energy usage in a home.

More than 1,500 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the US will have access to the lighting package, which features Cree’s new LED downlight, the CR6 downlight.

The CR6 downlight is designed to last 50,000 hours if the lights are used six hours a day. The company claimed that these LED downlights exceed Energy Star criteria, consuming 85% less energy than an incandescent and 55% less energy than a compact fluorescent.

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, said: ”We are delighted that Cree is partnering with Habitat affiliates to provide lighting products that enable more energy-efficient homes.”