In an effort to help Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, save on energy costs, GE installed its Albeo LED High Bay lighting at the school's Dee Events Center. The previous high-intensity discharge lighting was replaced by the Albeo ABHX-Series and uses 70 percent less energy. The lighting solutions are typically seen in warehouses.
Energy Manager Today said the university is expected to save close to $40,000 each year on energy costs with the sustainable lighting that has a lifespan of 100,000 hours.
After the Energy and Sustainability Office at Weber State performed an analysis of the campus' energy use, it found that the lighting at its events center was contributing to most of the school's energy consumption.
"Month after month when the electric bill came for the Dee Events Center, all we could do was cringe and pay," said WSU Energy & Sustainability Manager Jacob Cain. "The new high bay lighting gives us brighter light with fewer fixtures, and we spend less money on energy. Now that's something we welcome and our teams and fans can appreciate."
Once the university approved the project, 80 fixtures were installed to replace 100 HID fixtures. The company said the amount of light that falls on a given surface, or foot candles, is double (200) what is required (100) by the NCAA. The old lighting that caused dim spots on the university's basketball court were as low as 60 foot candles in some areas. The new high bay lights also save the university on maintenance costs.