Major LED manufacturer Cree was just awarded a contract to replace a whole ton of fluorescent fixtures in the Pentagon for their LED fixtures – more than 4200 recessed lighting fixtures, to be exact. The Cree LED fixtures that the Pentagon contracted for purchase retain at about $380 a pop. These fixtures, referred to as LR24’s, have created energy savings of somewhere in the neighborhood of 22% in government testing. Apparently (from the source at the US DoE) LEDs saved the government around 8.7 trillion bucks in 2007.
So, 4200 X $380 = $1,596,000, right? Probably not. But wow.
Pentagon test room before Cree:
Pentagon test room AFTER Cree’s LEDs:
This project was funded under a project within DoD called Title III. Title III was created to “promote creation and strengthening of domestic industrial capabilities to support national security needs.”