Electronics giant LG Electronics, which has been moving quickly into the LED lighting market, announced an important milestone in its collaboration with Davenport University. LG is supplying super-efficient fixtures across all of Davenport’s campuses throughout the Great Lakes State as part of a multi-year program to convert existing lighting to energy-efficient LED solutions by 2018. Davenport has already installed more than 600 LG LED fixtures as part of this initiative, including troffers, tubes and cans.
Brightview Lighting, a provider of turnkey lighting solutions, was chosen by Davenport to identify and install the best LED lighting products and solutions that would help the university reach its sustainability goals. Brightview was able to do that through a full audit of all facilities, identifying the most urgent lighting issues, and developing a multi-year plan to address those issues.
Since beginning the conversion in 2014, Davenport University already has improved its energy savings by more than 70,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year at those campuses which have received the LED conversion, LG said in a press release. As improvements continue across its campuses, energy savings are estimated to increase to more than 1,459,000 kWh/year.
“As a university, we are always seeking ways to improve upon operating efficiencies while creating a better experience for our students, faculty and staff,” said Nathan McCormick, executive director of Facility Operations for Davenport University. “We’re working closely with our partners – Brightview Lighting for its lighting and project management expertise, and LG Electronics for its world-class LED lighting technologies.
“The benefits of converting all our campuses to LED fixtures and lighting include contributing to sustainability goals being built into the University’s long-range Vision, to better manage energy costs, to create an optimal learning environment for our students, and ultimately to be better stewards of our planet. Unsolicited comments have also been received from faculty noting reduced eye fatigue and headaches stemming from outdated building lighting. Together we have essentially created a win-win situation,” McCormick said.
The project includes installation of LG’s LED 2’x4’ retrofit troffers producing over 140 lumens per Watt, LG troffers also provide dimming control by ZigBee wireless communication, enabling integration with third party controls systems for even further energy savings. Davenport selected LG’s LED tube to replace its typical fluorescent linear light bulbs. The LED tube provides 106 lm/W and uses 44% less energy than the traditional 32-Watt fluorescent tube.