Light quality at the Dempsey was not aligned with how the facility is used today as a multi-sport training and event space. After touring other PAC-12 Conference and NFL facilities that have transitioned to LED lighting, it was apparent that it was time for an upgrade.
Working with their consulting engineers, the University of Washington put together a lighting RFP to identify the best design that met National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) standards for broadcasting indoor track events, reduced high angle glare without sacrificing light output, delivered remarkable light quality and dependable performance, and was easy to maintain and energy-efficient.
The University, in conjunction with its contractor —Northwest Edison, chose to install Cree Lighting’s HXB Series, a high-bay luminaire that delivers up to 70,000 lumens at up to 150 LPW as a part of the overall project. Engineered to deliver and maintain the light levels needed, the HXB Series provides ultra-long life, zero restrike times and virtually maintenance-free performance in the toughest environments, all while backed with Cree Lighting’s 10-year limited warranty.
Previously, campus maintenance teams would replace the old fixtures at least twice a year and would shut down the facility for a full day. Now, the University of Washington can expect the HXB Series to perform for 100,000 hours or the next 11 years.
“My impression of the HXB Series is that it is well-built, very clean looking, and blends in well with the ceiling,” said Dan Cronk, a Northwest Edison electrician who installed the luminaires. “It was a very simple installation and overall the project went very well. I would recommend the HXB Series for another high-bay installation.”