At the beginning of the parking deck project, American Tobacco Campus estimated savings of 50% in energy costs with the switch to Cree LED lighting. The actual savings exceeded expectation.
“We have been delighted with how this program has worked for us,” said Rick Polley, General Manager of American Tobacco Campus. “With metal halide, we used roughly 593,040 kw/h and spent $35,405 in energy costs per quarter. With the LED fixtures, we’re using about 139,930 kw/h and spending $12,482 per quarter. That’s a 76.4% decrease in energy consumption and energy cost savings of 64%.”
And the savings don’t stop at energy costs – American Tobacco Campus is also saving time and money needed for facility maintenance.
“Because all of our tenants use the parking decks, it was impossible to perform the required re-lamping of our previous metal halide system during the day,” said Steve Hill, Operations Manager at American Tobacco Campus. “With Cree® LED lighting, we have eliminated overtime hours and costs associated with maintaining our lights.”
With more than 4,000 employees working on the American Tobacco Campus, creating parking structures that are safe and secure for those who use them is essential. The improved light quality and uniformity seen with Cree LED lighting provides peace of mind.
“The Cree® LED lighting has really helped our security operation as well,” said Hill. “There are no shadows in the deck, and the light is very uniform which really helps when reviewing security footage – the lighting shows the true color of clothing and cars, which is important to our security team.”
Combining unmatched light quality with impressive energy savings and reduced maintenance, Cree LED lighting helps American Tobacco Campus provide safer and more efficient parking structures for their tenants - all while keeping sustainability and energy conservation top of mind.