Like many older office buildings, the four-story garage at 500 Davis Center in downtown Evanston was in need of some TLC, including a lighting retrofit. Constructed in 1978, it still relied on T12 fluorescent bulbs, which were a huge drain on the building’s energy bill.
Richard Similio, on-site property manager for Circle Realty Advisors which manages the 10-story office building, turned to EverLights as a one-stop shop for a lighting retrofit. EverLights’ first order of business was to recycle all the existing fixtures by safely removing the bulbs and ballasts.
Step number 2 was to upgrade to a newer technology that included the purchase of the best energy-efficient lamps and ballasts available. EverLights’ solution was to provide GE 28-watt T8 fluorescent lamps and energy-efficient ballasts.
Finding the right occupancy sensor was another story. The EverLights team showed him almost a dozen products before he finally settled on Leviton’s PIR fixture mount occupancy sensors. They were installed by Hardt Electric directly above each of the 200 parking stalls. Calibrated to stay on at 15-minute intervals, they automatically turn off unless movement is detected. To ensure driver safety, the lights remain on at all times in the driving lanes.
EverLights also provided GE T8s for hallways, elevators and restrooms. Twenty exiting incandescent EXIT signs were replaced with Surelites LED lamps EXIT signs. The total estimated energy savings is $10,855 a year. With ComEd incentives, the lighting will have paid for itself in 3.3 years.
“We couldn’t be happier with the result,” Richard said. “It is exactly as we envisioned it.”
Think it may be time for a lighting retrofit of your own? Make no mistake: a retrofit with energy-efficient lighting will help you save dramatically on utility costs. Technologies that support dimming will give you the ability to control lighting with additional energy savings. Plus, retrofits reduce pollution given off by the power plants that make all those lights turn on. Why hesitate?