Illinois College Invests in LED Lights to Save Energy

North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, plans to enhance its sustainability initiatives by replacing outdated lighting fixtures with LED lights. According to the Chicago Tribune, the college will spend more than $200,000 on the project thanks to a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation’s Energy Efficiency Lighting Upgrade Program.

Recent retrofits to the campus include LED additions to the Harold and Eva White Activities Center and Residence Hall/Recreation Center. As a result of the switch, the college will save about $35,000 in electricity expenses per year.

The LEDs used in the North Central College project replace fluorescent, incandescent, and metal halide lights. The LEDs utilize dimming features and occupancy sensors and will reduce energy consumption by 448,271 kilowatt hours per year, according to the Tribune. The college’s sustainability coordinator, Brittany Graham, said that the LEDs look good, reduce the school’s carbon footprint, and will save money.

Other areas on the campus that have already been through an LED retrofit include the basketball arena in Merner Field House and the pool area. The ultimate goal is to lower energy consumption on the campus by 1 million kilowatt hours per year.

Additional benefits that the LED retrofit will produce include the eradication of humming noises from the previously installed halogen lights and a higher quality of lighting.