According to Hennessy, “This was one of the projects we profiled in our climate action plan so the proposal for this project was submitted to the Student Green Initiatives Fund committee. It was a very popular project that was approved quickly and unanimously for reasons that included payback and emissions reductions. As a result, the Green Fund covered half the project’s cost.”As Rubel states, “The original lighting wasn’t the greatest.
We wanted to improve light quality, increase foot candles and also save energy. Our rep knew we wanted LED but couldn’t afford the traditional high-bay LED. We almost had the project kicked off with T5s but when Cree came out with the new CXB Series high-bay, it was really a no-brainer. And we felt very comfortable going with Cree because Cree is viewed as the leader in LED. They drive that technology.”
The Cree® CXB Series can replace up to 250W and 400W HID fixtures at the highest lumens per dollar among LED luminaires today. Rubel continues, “It was a little more money to go with LED but it was the same payback, a lot better light and hardly any maintenance, especially with Cree’s great 10-year warranty. Most fixtures don’t have that. When the CXB Series came out, we had good reviews from our engineers so we decided to go ahead.”
As Rubel states, “We were able to double the foot candles in the area, decrease the energy which helps out with the PCC by reducing our carbon footprint, and we were able to reduce the hum of all those ballasts. Another great benefit was instant on. They loved that.”