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YMCA Switches to LED Lighting, Saves 78% on Electric Bill

August 22, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

swimming poolThe 65,000-sq-foot Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA in the greater New York City area hired Bright Energy Services to upgrade its lighting in the pool and surrounding area, which is situated in the lower level and receives minimal natural daylight.

Bright Energy Services performed a lighting audit and presented an energy analysis and a financial analysis that recommended replacing the existing fluorescent, high-pressure sodium, and incandescent lamps with LED lamps. The retrofit resulted in yearly savings of about 50,000 kWh, equating to a 78 percent cost savings of $10,100.

Aleddra LED Lighting supplied EasiRetrofit LED T8 lamps for the project. The LED linear light tube uses 50 percent of the energy of the existing lamps while meeting the most current UL standards. The 14 high-pressure sodium lamp fixtures, which were 480 watts each, were changed to 1X8 LED lamp fixtures, which are 102 watts each. Three wall-mounted 180 watt wall pack fixtures were changed to 50 watt LED wall pack fixtures. The fluorescent T8 77 watt fixtures and the fluorescent T12 96 watt fixtures were changed to LED 68 watt LED fixtures.

Bright Energy says other financial benefits of moving to LEDs include: LEDs burn cooler, so the heat load is reduced, also reducing cooling costs; LEDs do not use ballasts, so ballast replacement costs (ballast and labor) now become zero.; Life expectancy of LEDs is 5-10 years, so replacement product and labor costs are also reduced.

Because of the significant kWh savings, Bright Energy Services applied to Con Edison and NYSERDA for an energy efficiency rebate, which is expected to come in at about $6,000. With the rebate and energy savings, the payback period is just over one year.

Bright Energy Services, a division of All HVAC Company, also upgraded the lighting at the McBurney YMCA facility last year, and is currently in the process of retrofitting six more branches around New York City.



10 comments on “YMCA Switches to LED Lighting, Saves 78% on Electric Bill

  1. Excellent article and great project. Usually these types of buildings (non-profits) are difficult to convince to upgrade lighting or any other energy-related item. Bright Energy must have been very persuasive and served their client well.
    Congrats!

  2. “LEDs do not use ballasts, so ballast replacement costs (ballast and labor) now become zero”. They still use an electric drive to drive the LED lamp. While the LED itself may last 15-20years the drivers are what are going to fail and still need replacement. Saying that since there are no ballasts the maint cost is zero is a little mis-leading. Most LED manuf only warranty the driver for 5 years, so they realize the one weak spot as well. Dont get me wrong, this issue isnt stopping me from continuing to convert our facilities over to LED fixtures as well.

  3. Did the customer consider T5 adaptations with inbuilt reflectors instead of LED tubes? The energy-savings are very similar when compared to frosted/white covered LED tubes (as customers often don’t want to see the glare of bare LEDs). The costs when retrofitting T5 are about half the LED cost. I’ve seen buildings full of failed poorer brands of LED tubes which have internal drivers after less than two years, so although we also do sell LED tubes (external driver type) I tend to advise customers that T5 with 30,000hr tubes have no higher maintenance than the average LED solution.

  4. I have heard that because LED’s provide point light, even a cluster of them together is not suitable for task lighting and this puts a strain on the eyes of a person who is working…. Is that taken into account when replacing the existing fixtures with LED ones?

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