Expansive LED retrofit project develops from student research

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) began a retrofit of all its lighting fixutres this year to meet a newly established standard of more efficient LED lighting; the standard emerged from findings of a first-of-its-kind lighting study conducted by R&DE interns in the 2015-16 ademic year. After reviewing the energy use of R&DE buildings and focusing on lighting levels, the student interns realized the potential for more efficient lighting replacements and controls could dramatically reduce energy consumption. The students then implemented a pilot bulb replacement in four undergraduate residences and presented a financial analysis to estimate energy and cost savings, as well as the payback period for a substantial retrofit, which after refinement and further analysis, is now underway. The study is one of the first that also looked at the use of task lighting in student residences to determine opportunities for behavior-based strategies to reduce energy consumption.