Washington Metrorail Saves 15 Million kWh Annually with LEDs

November 14, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

Energy ManagePhilips was awarded a 10-year performance lighting contract with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to upgrade the lighting in 25 parking garages. Over 13,000 lighting fixtures will be converted to a custom-designed LED system that will reduce energy usage by 68 percent or 15 million kWh per year and provide real time data on energy consumption.

Philips will monitor and maintain the lighting system, which will be financed through energy cost savings, requiring no up-front capital costs.

WMATA’s Metrorail serves 86 stations and operates a 106-mile rail system in Washington, DC. The organization recently decided to upgrade its aging high pressure sodium lighting system in its parking garages to an LED system from Philips that could provide white light when and where needed.

Manufactured in Philips’ facilities located in San Marcos, Texas, the system is open, allowing it to be combined with other building automation systems. It will cover both the interior and exterior lighting of the parking garages and will include Philips’ latest site-specific systems, the G3 and EcoForm luminaires. Both feature Philips’ LUXEON LED technology, as well as a modular design that can be configured to the lighting needs of each garage. A motion response system and wireless controls allow the system to dim when no one is present.

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