St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, captured both impressive energy savings and improved visibility in its parking garages through a recent relighting project led by local electrical distributor Van Meter Inc. and electrical construction and engineering group ESCO Electric.
The solution presented by Pat Naughton from ESCO and Van Meter Inc. lighting expert Bob Workman, was to change the system to LED lighting, a lensed fixture with exceptional light spread, critical shielding and direction, and reductions in both cost and energy usage.
During the three-month retrofit project, approximately 500 lights and pole lamps in and around two parking garages were replaced with new LED technology, with Kenall TekDek 50-watt fixtures on the ramps, on the west entry and in the hospital's new ambulance garage, and Hubbell-Spaulding Cimarron LED fixtures on the pole lights.
The result was that the garage space was noticeably brightened and even the ceiling areas are now visible, and energy costs were cut significantly. “We estimate the savings afforded by the new lighting will amount to nearly $14,500 per garage,” Monthie said. “Over all, that cuts our electric bill for the parking garages nearly in half.”