Tech Q&A: Lighting Efficiency
Tech Q&A: Lighting Efficiency
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Tech Q&A: Lighting Efficiency
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Lighting improvement projects at colleges and universities can save money and energy on campuses by replacing incandescent and fluorescent bulbs with energy efficient fluorescents, LEDs, halogen infrared lamps and high-intensity discharge sources, saving up to $2 million a year in energy costs.

Due to long operational hours, colleges and universities experience a quicker payback on comprehensive lighting improvements than many other facilities. For the University of Texas at Austin (UT), Burns & McDonnell developed and implemented an $11.1 million campuswide lighting upgrade, which pays for itself in less than six years through approximately $2 million in annual energy savings.

Lighting upgrades at UT enhanced efficiency — reducing energy consumption up to 50 percent — without sacrificing visual quality. We replaced incandescent and fluorescent lighting sources with energy-efficient fluorescents, LEDs, halogen infrared lamps and high-intensity discharge sources.

To minimize operational and maintenance costs, we installed energy-efficient lighting with significantly longer lifespans, replacing lights rated for 1,000 hours with those rated for 12,000 hours to 36,000 hours. Lighting sources with difficult maintenance requirements now use instant-on, 100,000-hour-rated lighting with a 20-year re-lamping interval. We established a more consistent inventory and easier procurement process for UT, reducing storage needs by nearly 70 percent.

Following a comprehensive lighting upgrade, a campus consumes less energy, which reduces utility costs, the load on air conditioning systems and its carbon footprint.

For more information, contact David Temming, 972-819-3658.

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