A Greener Evergreen for Lee House

c9_led_multi_lightsWashington and Lee’s holiday tree will be a little greener this year thanks to the LED (light emitting diode) lights that are being used. The fir tree sits in front of the Lee House. The lighting ceremony was Friday night. According to Chris Wise, W&L’s environmental management coordinator, this year’s lights will use more than 70 percent less electricity than the incandescent bulbs that they replaced. Adds Wise: “The lights were purchased by the biology, chemistry and facilities management departments in an effort to promote sustainability efforts on campus and to educate the community about energy efficient lighting.”

LED lights are more efficient and safer than regular bulbs because they produce light with less electricity and do not get hot.  A 2003 Department of Energy report estimates that if all incandescent holiday lights in the U.S. were replaced by LEDs that one trillion watt hours of electricity would be saved.

2 Responses to “A Greener Evergreen for Lee House”

  1. 1 Alum December 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Please demonstrate some courage and call this a “Christmas Tree”

  2. 2 gary seldomridge December 6, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    thanks for the information and Merry Christmas !

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