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Date: 9/21/09 Bookmark and Share

Bright 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.

ITT green lights

Technicians with G.M. Electric, based in Longmeadow, Mass., will finish the lights replacement this week.

ITT "green" lights

Each fixture being installed contains 12 lights, which use a total of 600 watts.

ITT "green" lights

When finished, the 144 lights in the ITT will provide brighter illumination while saving power and money.

Photos by Roberge

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