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   Date: 5/14/09 Bookmark and Share

Same Sign + New Lights = Huge Savings

The old Smith sign bulbs (pictured from 2006) required more than four times the wattage of those lighting the new sign.

It won’t be noticeable to the eye, but this year, when the sign lights up on the athletic field heralding “Smith 2009” to the night sky during the senior candle-lighting ceremony and Illumination, it will be consuming far less power than similar signs of the past.

That’s because this year the traditional sign has been retrofitted with LED (liquid-emitting diode) bulbs, which use substantially less electric wattage than traditional bulbs, which have lit up the sign for many years.

“The savings should be substantial,” said Dano Weisbord, director of environmental sustainability. The new LED bulbs will use 1,685 watts, explained Weisbord, in comparison with the old bulbs, which required 8,400 watts.

The cost- and energy-saving measure is another in a continuing line of sustainability initiatives big and small across campus—from programming campus computer monitors to shut down automatically when not in use to multiple environmentally friendly innovations in the new Ford Hall for engineering.


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