Tech Firm and University Light Up with LEDS

Axcelis Technologies of Beverly, Massachusetts, a provider of equipment and services to the semiconductor manufacturing industry, has completed a “turnkey LED lighting retrofit” of its 400,000 square foot advanced technology center facilities, including interior and exterior spaces.

Revolution Lighting’s T8 Uni-Fit Ballast Ready LED tubes were selected for the job, providing a 70,000 hour lamp life, which, the LED manufacturer said, is three times longer than conventional lighting,

The upgrade – completed by Energy Source, a division of Revolution Lighting Technologies – is expected to reduce annual lighting energy use by more than 50 percent and achieve a payback of less than three years.

Energy Source worked closely with Axcelis Technologies to achieve the lighting retrofit energy savings on time and within budget, managing all phases of the project, including scope and budget development, final material selection, pursuit and securing of project incentives, and project management.

“We wanted to introduce the latest LED lighting solutions throughout our facilities that not only improve energy use, but also improves the quality of light output for our employees,” said Axcelis Facilities, Real Estate Manager Don Godfrey, adding, “Energy Source acted as an integral partner, providing extensive time and effort, in particular throughout critical decision making processes, to ensure a successful project.”

Bucknell Grabs the Limelight

In related news, Bucknell University, a private liberal arts school located in central Pennsylvania, announced at the beginning of the week that new LED lighting has been installed at its Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center.

“In 2014, we started to see LED technology finally improving and product costs dropping, so we began retrofitting the major lighting systems for these four venues and finished in late-2016,” said Stephen Durfee, who serves as Campus Energy manager for the Department of Facilities. “By converting our systems from metal halide (MH) lamps to LEDs, we have seen significant financial and environmental savings as well as improved light quality and distribution, less maintenance meaning less intrusive down time for student-athletes, and no more buzzing noise from the old MH ballasts.”

Installation costs for Sojka Pavilion, Gerhard Fieldhouse, Davis Gym, and Kinney Natatorium totaled $266,400, which has a 3.75-year simple payback period. Financially, the university will realize over $2.1 million in operations costs savings from reduced energy and maintenance over a 20-year period.

“The installation of the LED lighting has made a noticeable difference in our four KLARC competition venues,” said Chad Mason, associate director of Athletics for Operations and Events. “In addition to providing clear, bright visuals in those areas, the LEDs fit into our ‘Orange & Blue Goes Green’ environmental-awareness program. The KLARC is one of the most-visited facilities on campus, with thousands of daily visitors passing through the competition areas, the fitness center, and the administrative section of the building. It is vital that we keep the KLARC as energy-efficient as possible.”

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