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Energy-Saving Equation: GE Lighting Helps School Campus Reduce Energy Costs by More Than $200,000 Annually - Green Living Guy
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (CVCC) recently called on GE Lighting, in conjunction with CCG Energy Solutions, to create a lighting equation that would result in better quality light and lower energy and life-cycle maintenance costs. Part of a $2.6 million comprehensive energy project, the school’s campus underwent a lighting upgrade that included state-of-the-art outdoor GE Evolve™ LED Area Lights, rooftop daylighting panels with automatic dimming, and new high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures utilizing UltraMax® ballasts and Watt-Miser® extended life lamps throughout the building. In addition to the lighting improvements, mechanical upgrades with HVAC controls and a new building automation system were implemented to provide savings of more than $200,000 annually. Some of the most notable changes to the campus are its 215,000-square-foot parking lot, walkways and long, winding driveway that now feature more evenly distributed white light while minimizing energy consumption, disposal cost and light pollution. The original 400-watt and 250-watt metal halide “shoeboxes” were converted to 218-watt and 70-watt Evolve LEDs, which deliver 52 percent in energy savings and provide an estimated 10-year service life (50,000-hour rated life), which is four times the recommended service interval of a standard High Intensity Discharge (HID) system. “The new LEDs direct their light more efficiently, which means less reflected light and improved utilization for a positive impact on property appearance, security and pedestrian visibility,” says Mary Beth Gotti, manager of the GE Lighting & Electrical Institute.