The Racine Family YMCA project in Racine, Wisconsin, received a major boost this past week when local lighting manufacturer Ruud Lighting agreed to donate $300,000 worth of energy-efficient LED fixtures that will help the new center reduce its operating expenses for the near future, according to The Journal-Times.
With the addition of this new lighting, the YMCA will be one step closer to becoming LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certified which is a major milestone for any new building built in the United States. The new LED luminaires have an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours, which will significantly reduce bulb replacement costs.
Ruud Lighting told the news source that the YMCA should expect a 30-60 percent reduction in its energy consumption with virtually no maintenance required. The new 70,000 square-foot facility will now be better equipped to reduce its strain on the local power grid and continue to provide the community with vital services.
Businesses that would like to reduce their energy expenditure should try LED T8 tube lights. These innovative fixtures will reduce energy costs by more than half over fluorescent fixtures and will install directly into existing ballasts.