Cooper Lighting upgrade leads to better light quality, significant energy and maintenance savings for Michigan Arts Center

Nov. 1, 2010
Date Announced: 01 Nov 2010 Peachtree City, Ga. - When the Detroit, Michigan-based Downriver Council for the Arts made the move to a new location, the organization was greeted with a range of unique benefits, including energy-efficient, aesthetically pleasing and virtually maintenance-free LED street and walkway lighting from Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries plc. A regional arts organization and public gallery serving approximately 400,000 people in the southern metropolitan Detroit area, the Downriver Council for the Arts moved to its new home in the City of Wyandotte in March 2010. The new building, a former Masonic Temple built in the 19th century, had been renovated by the Wyandotte Municipal Services Department in 2009. Recent updates included new LED lighting adjacent to the facility's sidewalk boundary. Initially, the retrofit project posed several challenges. The City wanted to improve ambiance and color without disturbing trees, but traditional urban streetlights were not the preferred option. The facility's previous street lighting consisted of 18 typical cobrahead fixtures that, while functional, did not provide aesthetically pleasing lighting. Cooper Lighting's Streetworks Generation LED Decorative Post Top Luminaires served as a practical, visually pleasing and cost-effective solution. Their decorative appearance helps showcase the restoration of the classic building, while still providing required light levels for 25-35% less energy than the legacy system. "We have been nothing but very pleased with the lighting," said Jerry Kupser, superintendent of Transmission and Distribution for Wyandotte Municipal Services. "The fixture, globe and correct color of light actually exceeded our very high quality targets. Comments from the public have been very supportive, including from local businesses in the adjoining area. The new lighting has also resulted in the removal of security lighting, which was no longer needed once the LED luminaires were installed." Cooper Lighting's Generation Series LED luminaire serves as an energy-saving outdoor fixture that combines aesthetics with superior photometric performance for even and uniform illumination without pixilation. When operating at full light output, the Generation Series LED luminaire consumes only 58W. The performance of the LED version makes it suitable to replace a 70W high pressure sodium or 100W metal halide fixture, saving 33-50% on energy. LEDs also offer distinct advantages in light control. The Generation Series LED luminaire can be bi-level switched for 50% energy savings during curfew hours. Unique to Generation Series LED design, the luminaire can be switched to a street-side/house-side version, allowing the house side of the luminaire to be turned off during curfew hours. The light engine can also be purchased separately for retrofit applications of pre-existing Generation Series HID fixtures. Ideal for residential communities, office complexes, downtown streetscapes, roadways, outdoor retail applications, city parks and school campuses, the post top luminaire also features modular fixture design flexibility for mixing bases, cage assemblies, tops and finials to achieve hundreds of different looks and styles and a multitude of both traditional and contemporary forms. Cooper Lighting offers a range of indoor and outdoor LED lighting products and corresponding accessories, all of which are specifically designed to maximize energy and cost savings. For additional information, visit About Cooper Lighting Cooper Lighting, a subsidiary of Cooper Industries plc, is the leading provider of innovative, high quality interior and exterior lighting fixtures and related products to worldwide commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and utility markets. As lighting technologies have advanced over the years, Cooper Lighting has been at the forefront of the industry in helping businesses and communities leverage the latest technologies to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enrich the quality of the environment. For more information, visit About Cooper Industries Cooper Industries plc is a global manufacturer with 2009 revenues of $5.1 billion. Founded in 1833, Cooper's sustained level of success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation, evolving business practices while maintaining the highest ethical standards, and meeting customer needs. The Company has seven operating divisions with leading market share positions and world-class products and brands including: Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2009, sixty-one percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and thirty-nine percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2009. For more information, visit the website at

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