For Spectrum Health, one of Michigan's largest not-for-profit health systems located in Grand Rapids, lighting was a vital component when updating security measures in its parking deck used by patients, visitors and employees. Spectrum Health had three goals in mind: improve security, reduce maintenance costs, and save energy.
"Our patients and employees are our first priority," said Tom Theoret, director of facilities for Spectrum Health. "It's important that everyone feels welcome and secure while at our facilities. GE's LED fixtures not only met this requirement but also reduced our energy consumption and reduced burdensome maintenance."
The GE Evolve LED Garage fixture uses cutting-edge technology, featuring an advanced LED low glare optical system coupled with a unique thermal management system to ensure long life and excellent photometric performance—that is, casting light where it's needed without trespassing into areas it's not.
After retrofitting 1.25 million square feet of parking garage space and more than 3,500 parking spaces with 1,500 GE Evolve LED Garage fixtures, Spectrum accomplished all three of its goals.
Results & Benefits
The upgrade has saved the facility nearly $170,000 annually in combined energy and maintenance expense and helped Spectrum meet its goal of reducing its environmental impact. By replacing older 175-watt high-pressure sodium fixtures, with GE's 60-watt Evolve LED lights, the hospital will see a 67 percent energy reduction, yielding 1.6 million kilowatt hours of energy savings annually.
Spectrum also installed 50-watt GE Lumination LED Recessed Troffers in ceilings in entrance/exit corridors, replacing 150-watt high-intensity discharge fixtures. The 2'x2' troffers are as thin as the width of a finger and emit a crisp, uniform light to brightly illuminate spaces inside the garage.
Combining overall savings from maintenance costs, energy costs, a Novation rebate and a Consumers Energy utility rebate, Spectrum will realize project payback in just three years.