The daily operation of a 90-acre campus also played heavily in the decision to switch to Cree® LED lighting in terms of maintenance savings. According to Markiton, “When we explained to our maintenance staff they would no longer be changing out lights weekly, they were thrilled! They immediately recognized the time savings and efficiencies gained by choosing Cree LED fixtures with their 10-year warranty.”
In addition to maintenance and time savings, Barbara Evans, Director of Operations and Finance, points to the energy savings: “We received a nice rebate back from our power company. And we only had to put in half the number of fixtures that we originally had in the ceilings,” offering a significant opportunity for future energy savings as well.
But the biggest selling point for Benedictine Military School is the improved quality of light in the classrooms.
As Markiton explains, “It was not uncommon for me to walk down the hallway and see a dark spot where a fluorescent bulb was burnt out. Over the years, different kinds of fluorescent light bulbs were used and emitted a slightly different color than the rooms’ other bulbs. As far as a professional environment goes, those fluorescent bulbs can look rather sloppy.”
Prior to the installation of Cree® LED lights, the flickering and hum of the fluorescent fixtures were an issue for students and teachers. According to Markiton, “I have sat in those classrooms and remember the flicker. Add the hum of the lights, and it’s very distracting.”
An opinion seconded by faculty member Lee Brantley: “The old lights made it more difficult for the boys to concentrate and stay on task. There was a haze in the room and the boys were always complaining about the noise the lights made – it even gave some of them headaches. The Cree lights are awesome. The room is so much brighter. I am very happy with the new lights!”
Markiton sums it up, “At Benedictine Military School, our monks are very welcoming, very hospitable. Hosting something, helping somebody do something. The lights are always on.”
Thanks to Cree, those lights will cast a welcoming glow for many years to come.