Thursday, June 20, 2013

Enhanced Lighting, Energy Efficiency on Display at Ackland Art Museum

The Ackland Art Museum recently transitioned to 100 percent light-emitting diode (LED) lighting—a money-saving, energy-conscious move that also enhances spectators’ views of the exhibits. The Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC), a student organization that funds renewable and energy efficiency projects on campus, financed the installation of more than 400 LED bulbs to reduce energy consumption. The new LED lights will use 117,000 fewer kilowatt hours per year—an energy savings of 87 percent. Energy costs will decline by $13,000 annually and carbon dioxide emissions will fall by 73 tons. Visitors can view the new lighting at an Open House celebration on June 20, from 6-8pm. Read more »