While metal halide and high pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures are currently found on most college campuses, facility managers recognize lighting as being one of the quickest ways to lower utility costs and have begun looking to energy-efficient alternatives, such as magnetic induction lighting.
“When it came time to determine which lighting technology would be best for illuminating the college’s new entrance roadway, a major factor taken into consideration was how it would affect our utility bill,” stated Dan Fry, Construction Manager for Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. “The fact that EverLast light fixtures are energy-efficient and can be step-dimmed to 40 percent of their power was the driving force in choosing induction technology. It’s too early for LEDs, for both economical and practicality reasons.”
The SMART Bi-Level technology integrated into the fixtures step down the energy use on the campus to 40% when areas are vacant for a set length of time allowing the MSU facility to achieve over 60% energy savings when compared to existing fixtures. Furthermore, safety on the campus is also expected to improve—when the motion is detected and the higher light mode activated; the change in visual environment alerts occupants.
Bryan College enrolls approximately 1,250 students, which includes nearly 800 students from 41 states and 9 foreign countries and 450 students in graduate, online learning, and degree completion programs. Bryan College installed induction 100w bi-level shoe box fixtures that produce a light output equivalent to a 200w metal halide. The university receives the maximum energy savings by incorporating a bi-level ballast that dims the fixtures to 40 percent power when the street is vacant. “Most of our students are in bed by 1:00 am, so having the ability to dim the fixtures between 1:00 and 6:00 am creates a huge savings for us,” Fry stated. “We anticipate that we’ll end up consuming approximately oneseventh of the normal electrical wattage usage.”
“The installation was much easier than I anticipated. We had all fixtures installed within a day,” Fry stated. “This was important because we needed the new entrance to be finished in time for Homecoming, which only gave us two days to get the fixtures up and running. The new lights create a safe and inviting environment for our students and visitors.”
The cost of the bi-level induction luminaires generally is one to two times higher than common street luminaires. The payback is between three to seven years, depending on occupancy rates and the size of the installation. These particular induction fixtures utilize a 5000K lamp, offer a 100,000 hour lamp life, reduce energy costs by up to 70%, and come with a 10-year warranty. Additionally, they are virtually maintenance-free due to the extended life of the induction lamp.
“SMART, Bi-Level shoe boxes—like the ones installed at Bryan College—are virtually a perfect solution for a university. The controllable induction fixtures are the intersection of innovation and economy,” explained Brandon Marken, VP of Sales at EverLast® Lighting, Inc. “Long life, low maintenance cost, low consumption, increased safety and light quality meet virtually every decision driver that a public or private institution would have. And the market seems to support this theory as we have seen this technology installed on campuses across the country.”
“Bi-Level lighting technologies for parking lots and parking structures is one of the most effective strategies for deep energy savings as well as for the potential to enhance safety and security,” commented Professor Michael Siminovitch, Director of the California Lighting Technology Center of University of California. “Bi-Level lighting technologies can offer the facility manager significant savings while enhancing safety and security. At U.C. Davis we have deployed a wide variety of Bi- Level induction systems including surface lot and parking structure applications. We have found that Bi-Level lighting technology can produce very significant savings while at the same time enhance safety and security across the campus. This strategy has proven to be so effective in a broad cross-section of demonstrations that the state of California has integrated Bi-Level lighting into the 2014 title 24 code requiring it for all major renovation and new construction.”
(Assoc. IES) is the Public Relations Co. for EverLast® Lighting, Inc. In addition to leading marketing initiatives for the EverLast® brand, Kyle also authors content in several industry leading publications and this year he was named to tED Magazine’s list of emerging leaders in the electrical industry. Kyle can be reached at email@example.com or 888-383-7578 ext.231.