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Visitors to the National Corvette Museum are seeing things these days in a new light – literally.
The museum recently upgraded lighting in its three parking lots with LED luminaires that will offer many advantages over the old metal halide lights.
“The exterior lighting allows us to dramatically reduce operating expenses,” said Bob Hellmann, the museum’s facilities and displays manager. “Additionally, the new lights help make the parking lot bright and secure.”
The museum replaced 17 1000-watt metal halide lights with 17 240-watt LED luminaires and another 27 400-watt metal halides with 27 120-watt LED luminaires.
It expects to save $9,300 each year in energy expenses and avoid practically all of the additional $2,000 spent annually to maintain and repair the old fixtures. Payback will be just three years.
Two key priorities for the upgrade were improving the quality and color rendition of the lighting, and having better control of lighting energy use while maintaining or improving the lot’s safety.
Mission accomplished! According to a story in LEDs Magazine, the LED luminaires “provide consistent light levels for the entire parking lot, reduced hazardous waste disposal and provide dramatically more efficient light distribution than the metal halide fixtures,” not to mention the elimination of virtually all maintenance.
To top it off, Tennessee Valley Authority gave the museum $9,350 in incentives to install the new luminaires.
It’s all part of a continuing green effort by the museum to save energy and lessen its carbon footprint. NCM has also upgraded other exterior and interior fixtures to slice energy costs even more and improve the quality of lighting.
“The energy efficient lighting allows us to drive down operating expenses, present our cars and exhibits in the best light, and contribute to the greening of our community,” said Hellmann. “We installed the LED luminaires and the more efficient fluorescent lights because they pay back in so many ways and it’s the right thing to do.”
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