Parking Ramp Lighting Retrofit Case Study
Published April 2013
You can see this dramatic before and after, side by side while this lighting retrofit project is taking place. This client qualified for more than$23,000 in utility rebate incentive when they upgraded. They now have better light quality in their facility, increased safety for their patrons, and they are saving money and resources at the same time!
FACILITY STATISTICS: THE BENEFITS OF A LIGHTING UPGRADE
Common lighting issues in parking garages include dark, shadowy areas and poor light quality. By replacing the existing High Pressure Sodium lighting with energy efficient 2 Lamp Vapor Tight Fluorescent High Lumen Fixtures that consume only 74 watts each, this facility is taking advantage of major energy savings. At the end of this project the client was saving 114 watts per fixture, reducing energy usage by over 50%!
COST SAVINGS: DOES IS REALLY ADD UP?
Before completing this project, TRC performed a full facility audit. This means all of the existing fixtures were counted, along with their rate of energy consumption and hours of operation, and a cost of operating was established. The new, more energy-efficient system was also proposed in the same way. The difference in energy usage totaled nearly $20,000 in annual lighting cost savings.
CARBON SAVINGS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Based on Kwh reduction from our facility lighting audit and using a Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, we can determine carbon savings of 380,740.7 pounds of CO2 for this energy efficiency project. This is equivalent to keeping 37.4 cars off the road for a year, 16,699 gallons of gasoline saved, or 58 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled!