Lithonia LEDs and nLight controls slash Lakeland college energy use

Aug. 16, 2012
Lakeland Community College achieved lighting power density of 0.689 W/ft2 using Acuity SSL troffers and adaptive controls.
LED troffers in a laboratory

Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio built its new Holden University Center with strict energy-efficiency objectives and LED lighting played a key role. Lithonia Lighting, an Acuity Brand, supplied 483 RT Series solid-state lighting (SSL) troffers along with nLight adaptive controls to deliver lighting power density of 0.689 W/ft2.

The college wanted to both reduce energy use and maintenance, while also realizing an "advanced learning environment." The adaptive controls allow professors to adjust lighting levels when using projectors, video monitors, and other teaching tools.

RT LED fixtures light a classroom

"After considering all of Lakeland’s performance, efficiency and control requirements, LED lighting became the obvious choice," said Tony Bledsoe, senior project designer at Tec Inc. Engineering & Design, the lighting project facilitator. "We reviewed competitive products for this application and the Lithonia Lighting RT Series LED luminaires integrated with nLight controls from Acuity Brands separated itself as the best solution."

The lighting energy code in the college area mandated a power density of 1.2 W/ft2. The SSL installation almost halved that density. The realized savings are in part responsible for the college seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognition for the project.