Lights, Big Savings
A full replacement will be completed
this week of the lights in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility
(ITT). The project is replacing 120 metal
halide light fixtures, each of which uses 1,000 watts, with
144 fixtures that use 600 watts per unit.
The positive results are many:
the facility will be brighter due to extra banks of lights
added around the track's perimeter. Meanwhile, the new lighting
will result in a savings of more than 226,000 kilowatt-hours
per year, a cost savings of $38,000, said Gary Hartwell,
project manager in facilities management, who is overseeing
the lights replacement.
Also, the new lights will come
on immediately, in contrast to the old lights, which took
approximately five minutes to warm up before illuminating.
Because of their instant-on capability, the lights can be
powered down when not in use. Motion sensors will be installed
to automatically shut the lights off in the ITT when not
in use, providing further savings.
Technicians with G.M. Electric, based in Longmeadow,
Mass., will finish the lights replacement this week.
Each fixture being installed contains 12 lights, which
use a total of 600 watts.
When finished, the 144 lights in the ITT will provide
brighter illumination while saving power and money.
Photos by Roberge