As part of the new project, which when completed will encompass six buildings, NCSU installed 4,182 Cree LED luminaires. “As Facilities Manager, I’ve tried to steer us towards the biggest bang for the buck,” says Pete Fraccaroli. “And that means the stairwells and hallways where lights burn 24/7.” The hallways and stairwells at Wolf Ridge are lit with Cree’s CR22™ and CR24™ LED architectural troffers and the CR Series Light Engine. Powered by Cree TrueWhite® Technology, these fixtures put a lighter load on the operating budget while providing beautiful light and energy savings – all backed by Cree’s industry-leading 10-year limited warranty. Cree’s CR Series of LED troffers also offer dimming functionality and are ideal for recessed applications. Fraccaroli says: “With the hallways, not only are they on all the time, but dimmability is a great feature. The sense of security is also improved. If we can enhance that stairwell, we want students to feel safe in those areas. We’ve been really happy with the Cree product." For general illumination in the apartments, NCSU installed Cree’s SL24™ LED Surface Linear luminaire. “We’ve gotten good feedback on the SL24 fixture. The look of it and the way we used it in those apartments, I think it turned out really well,” says Dr. Tim Luckadoo, Vice Provost for Campus Life. In addition to Wolf Ridge, NCSU has installed Cree LED lighting on several other projects, including upgrades to existing residence halls. In 2008, NCSU renovated Bragaw residence hall, replacing four T8 fluorescents with three Cree LR6™ LED downlights in each room, leading to energy reductions beyond what was initially anticipated. And they’ve been installing LEDs ever since, doing upfits in most of their other campus buildings. Wolf Village, when built in 2004, had installed CFL recessed cans in the bathrooms that took a long time to reach full illumination. According to Dr. Barry Olson: “By the time you were done with your shower, the light would finally be bright enough to see something.” NCSU kept that in mind for Wolf Ridge, so in addition to installing Cree’s CR6™ LED downlights in those bathrooms, they are replacing the CFL cans at Wolf Village with the CR6 downlights.