Chicago-Area School District Reduces Lighting Energy Use Photo courtesy of Acuity Brands

Chicago-Area School District Reduces Lighting Energy Use

Community Consolidated School District 59 in Illinois was looking to make their lighting more energy efficient and controllable, and to improve the aesthetics of their classrooms. The schools turned to Graybar Electric, St. Louis, and Acuity Brands, Atlanta, for the solution.

Graybar, the electrical distributor tasked with effectively keeping the project on schedule and within budget, outfitted a total of 480 classrooms across 14 of the district's campuses with more than 5,000 VT Series LED luminaires from Acuity’s Lithonia Lighting.

“We wanted to provide the classrooms with a sustainable and energy efficient lighting choice that would be standardized throughout the entire school district and yet able to be controlled on a classroom-by-classroom basis,” said Tony Rossi, executive director for facilities and operations for the district.

The new energy efficient lighting immediately reduced wattage used by 40 percent, which resulted in dramatically lower energy costs – even when classroom lights are left on. The school district also reduced maintenance costs attributed to lighting due to the long-lasting LEDs that do not need to be replaced nearly as often as the T8 fluorescents.

The VT series luminaires are integrated with Acuity Controls’ nLight control system, helping further reduce energy use and providing the opportunity for the schools to create flexible lighting configurations to meet individual classroom needs now and in the future.

“Research proves that optimal lighting environments improve student learning,” said Tricia Foster, director, Education Vertical Market, Acuity Brands Lighting. “Furthermore, the Community Consolidated School District 59 project proves the right lighting and controls solution can maximize energy savings and help achieve a quick return on investment.”

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