Lenox Tool Case Study

Lenox Tool T8 to Super T8 Lighting Retrofit Project

ESCO completed a lighting upgrade project for Lenox Tool, a division of Newell Rubbermaid, in the Spring of 2010 at its corporate headquarters located in East Longmeadow, MA. The 500,000 SF facility is approximately 60 years old and is comprised of 450,000 SF of manufacturing space and 50,000 SF of office space.

A lighting retrofit project was previously completed at the facility in 2003 when the majority of the facility’s eight foot, T12 fixtures were upgraded with T8 lamps and electronic ballasts. The initial phase of ESCO’s recent lighting upgrade project was to conduct an extensive lighting audit throughout the entire facility. Through this process, a myriad of inefficient lamp configurations, including numerous T12 fixtures with magnetic ballasts that were not replaced during the previous lighting upgrade project were uncovered at the facility. ESCO’s design team determined that the best course of action was to streamline the overall lamp requirements down to two lamp types for all of the main fixtures. The recommended lamp upgrade primarily involved retrofitting existing fixtures with the latest generation of Sylvania 28 watt, T8 lamps known as XPS Super T8’s. In addition to energy savings, by implementing this recommendation, the facility benefits included a more uniform lighting appearance and quality as well as significant savings in maintenance labor and material costs from longer life lamps and ballasts and lamp inventory requirements. It was also determined that there were significant opportunities to garner even more savings by installing ceiling and fixture mounted sensors.

Overall, at a project cost of $102,480, net of $61,689 utility rebates and EPAct tax incentives, Lenox Tool achieved annual savings of $43,177 resulting in a payback of approximately 2.4 years while generating an ROI of over 42%.

As evidenced by accolades quoted in a letter of recommendation from Lenox Tool, the company was extremely pleased and impressed with ESCO’s performance in executing this lighting upgrade project. “ESCO interfaced well with our staff to provide a coordinated effort which was executed without a glitch. The project proceeded smoothly, leaving our staff and work schedule undisturbed. I would highly recommend ESCO Energy Services to any company looking to improve their lighting needs.”

Additionally, ESCO worked closely with National Grid, the utility provider, in coordinating the inspections and processing the incentive paperwork. ESCO was also able to secure on bill financing for Lenox Tool which allowed the entire project to be paid from savings. National Grid was extremely satisfied with ESCO’s scope of work and metering and verification procedures which allowed them to offer this additional incentive to Lenox Tool.

Through the success of this project, ESCO was referred by National Grid and Lenox Tool into two other major lighting upgrade projects in Western Massachusetts. The success of these two projects further solidified ESCO’s reputation as a leading provider of turn-key lighting retrofit services and also led to ESCO’s admittance as a preferred provider into Nation Grid’s (NGRID) and Western Massachusetts Electric Company’s (WMECO) commercial energy efficiency programs.