Seattle school district decreases energy consumption by 82% with Hubbell Lighting LED wallpacks

Feb. 17, 2014
Date Announced: 17 Feb 2014 Located southeast of Seattle, Renton School District covers 35 square miles, with 28 facilities, comprised of 2.4 million square feet, serving 15,000 students. When the District Energy Management Office began looking for ways to reduce energy costs at their schools, they realized that upgrading to efficient LED lighting offered an ideal solution. Cautiously, the school district began a yearlong pilot project where they installed and tested the LED products of several national companies. At the end of the process, 437 of Hubbell Lighting’s Laredo LED Architectural Wallpacks were installed on every facility in the district.The existing exterior lighting was beyond its useful life and lighting levels were grossly inadequate. The outdated and inefficient exterior wall packs were metal halide fixtures with wattage ranging from 90 to 400 watts. As a result of the heat of the high wattage HID lamps, the fixtures’ polycarbon lenses became discolored and compromised the light output. Program Manager J. Stine, at the District Energy Management Office had two decisions to make, one replace the old fixtures with a product that was energy efficient and two find a quality product that was manufactured by an established U.S. company.“We had replaced the old HID fixtures in one our middle schools back in 2010. Once we realized the energy and maintenance savings, we knew a district wide upgrade would provide an impressive return on investment. We installed over 400 of the Hubbell Lighting exterior fixtures and to date, they have exceeded our performance expectations,” said Stine. “We were able to purchase three different units (12.6W, 20.6W and 32/71W bi-level) two of which were available in the same fixture housing; they are virtually bullet proof, provide bright white light, are extremely energy efficient and qualified for a $50K utility incentive!“Before the upgrade project, the annual energy consumption was 215,647 kWh. After the Hubbell Lighting exterior LED fixtures were installed, energy consumption decreased to 39,027 kWh annually. That equates to an 82% reduction in energy consumption, saving approximately $15,000 annually at today’s electrical rates. Along with substantial energy savings, maintenance savings has been realized in that the LED’s have a rated life of 50,000 hours compared to a rated life of 2,500 hours for the old fixtures.Hubbell Lighting’s Laredo LED Architectural Wallpacks provide low installation costs with little or no maintenance and are ideal for schools, factories, hospitals, warehouses, and retail applications. The “Quick Mount” adapter allows one person installation without ever opening the fixture and the fixtures feature 50,000 hour rated life with a minimum 70% lumen maintenance.To learn more about how Hubbell Lighting’s innovative LED solutions can lower your energy bills while delivering high-quality illumination, please visit:

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