Reston Hospital Center
Cree Lighting brings healthy savings to Reston Hospital Center parking garage.
Chip Cooper knew there must be a better, more efficient way.
As project manager and master electrician at Reston Hospital Center, he’d been frustrated by “astronomical” (in his words) electricity bills and excessive maintenance costs in lighting the hospital’s parking garage. The system comprised more than 300 metal halide fixtures – 175 watt bulbs burning 24 hours a day, seven days a week – reaching heat levels that would often melt the globes.
The material and labor costs of replacing five to 10 globes and 30 or more light bulbs a month was “killing us,” Cooper says. The task took an entire day to complete.
So Cooper and Jim Sweeris, Director of Plant Operations and Security, evaluated their options and were soon attracted to the advantages of LED lighting. They took their findings to senior management, who concurred, opting to fund the re-lighting project.
Reston sought to work with vendors providing solutions that can clearly demonstrate they can meet their needs. Cree provided a solution that significantly improved lighting quality while providing excellent energy and maintenance cost savings.