Date Announced: 26 Feb 2013 RIT Significantly Reduces Operating Costs and Carbon Footprint with TL Energy LED Lighting from Trans-LuxCost Savings Projected to be More Than $300,000 AnnuallyDave Harris, Director of Utilities and Environmental Management at RITNorwalk, CT – At Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the ongoing replacement of fluorescent tube lighting with energy efficient Trans-Lux TL Energy LED lighting is estimated to save the University more than $300,000 in energy and maintenance costs this year alone. The savings are projected to go even higher with the continued deployment of TL Energy LED lighting moving forward. The lighting upgrade is part of a multi-faceted partnership between Trans-Lux and RIT to support the University’s sustainability objectives and advance student engagement.“RIT is an ideal place to go a little outside the box and look at alternative ways of doing things and Trans-Lux has been a great partner for us in this venture,” said Dr. Bill Destler, RIT President. “With Trans-Lux as our partner, we have been able to implement an extremely efficient solution for campus lighting that reduces both the University’s carbon footprint and operational expenses. We’re pleased with the partnership and we’re pleased with the product and that’s really what we expect to be when we interact with any corporation.”Comments about and reaction to the new LED lighting have been very positive according to Dr. Destler. He says, “We couldn’t be more pleased with the reactions we’ve had and the actual results we’re getting from the installations. I expected to have at least some issues relating to the quality of lighting or the light spectrum but there have been none. In fact, it’s exceeded my expectations.”The University began retrofitting fluorescent fixtures with custom-designed Trans-Lux LED lamps in December 2011 and over the course of one year more than 20,000 lamps were installed in labs, classrooms and hallways. “Upgrading to the new LED lamps was easy and only took about eight minutes per fixture,” said David Harris, Director, Utilities and Environmental Management at RIT. “We took it a building at a time. In our library we installed 2,800 of the LED lamps and we did it in the evening when the number of patrons was reduced and we wouldn’t be in the way. We did most of our academic buildings in the evening hours for the same reason.”He continues, “Many of the circuits on campus are on 24/7 and even in the library the lights are on 20 hours a day. The LEDs last twice as long as their counterpart fluorescents and we do not have to change lamps as often. Even our cooling costs are reduced. It’s a great opportunity for electrical and operational savings using the Trans-Lux LED lamps. We are anticipating saving about $300,000 on the 20,000 lamps we have installed so far.”To meet established requirements for power consumption, color temperature and longevity, Trans-Lux custom designed the new LED tube lamps specifically for RIT. The company’s agility enabled them to react to the customer’s needs and create a customized product.“We initially found that our 16 watt lamps and our 18 watt lamps were not the right fit for RIT. The 16 watt lamp didn’t have enough light output and the 18 watt lamp had too much,” said J.M. Allain, President and CEO of Trans-Lux Corporation. “The product that we custom-built for RIT is actually 16.3 watts and it’s the first of its kind in the industry.”Trans-Lux offers an innovative comprehensive TL Energy LED lighting program that makes the deployment of LED lighting fast and easy. The turnkey program includes: project management, survey configurations and engineering recommendations, rebates and incentives, removal and disposal of existing lighting, LED light bulb installation, ongoing maintenance and support. The savings provided from TL Energy LED lighting solutions are in most cases more than sufficient to cover the cost of the conversion in a relatively short period.Mr. Allain adds, “RIT is a premier showcase for LED lighting solutions that can easily be replicated at colleges and universities around the world. It’s an extremely smart yet relatively simple model that aligns cost savings derived from advanced LED lighting technology with a commitment to environmental conservation.”For more information on Trans-Lux TL Energy solutions and programs, email [email protected] or visit www.trans-lux.com. About Trans-Lux Trans-Lux Corporation (TNLX) is a leading designer and manufacturer of TL Vision digital video displays and TL Energy LED lighting solutions for the financial, sports and entertainment, gaming, education, government, and commercial markets. With a comprehensive offering of LED Large Screen Systems, LCD Flat Panel Displays, Data Walls and scoreboards (marketed under Fair-Play by Trans-Lux), Trans-Lux delivers comprehensive video display solutions for any size venue’s indoor and outdoor display needs. TL Energy enables organizations to greatly reduce energy related costs with green lighting solutions. For more information please visit www.Trans-Lux.com. About RITRochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. In addition, the university offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls nearly 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2013 edition of The Best 377 Colleges as well as its Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 names RIT as a “Best Buy,” and The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT among the “Great Colleges to Work For 2012.”To see more of RIT’s rankings and recognition, go to http://www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition.
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