“You’re starting to see a big increase in energy efficiency measures with educational sectors,” says Jay Black, vice president of development and communications with Revolution Lighting Technologies. “New Jersey public schools have made a concerted effort to adopt LED lighting.”

What we gain

Some of the benefits of LED lighting include:

  • Energy efficiency

  • Longevity

  • Health and well-being

  • Environmental sustainability.

The Parsippany school system in northwestern New Jersey recently retrofitted 14 public schools with approximately 35,000 energy efficient RVLT Seesmart LED tube lights throughout classrooms, hallways and gymnasiums. The school system borrowed $14 million to complete the work.

Brighter view 

Studies show that full spectrum LED light improves the classroom environment for students. David Corso, assistant superintendent for business and chief finance and operations officer for the school system, adds he has noticed that the schools are much brighter. “It enhances academic performance,” he says.

RVLT LED tube lights are glass free and mercury free and fully recyclable. “They can be broken down into individual components and utilized in second generation products,” said Black.

"LED lights last longer than fluorescent lights—70,000 hours compared to 15,000 hours—which translate into reduced operating expenses and increased productivity."

Honeywell Building Solutions coordinated the project through the Energy Savings Improvement Program, which uses the savings from reduced energy use to pay for the improvements. The lighting component was part of an overall energy savings plan that included replacing boilers, HVAC systems and plumbing fixtures.

 “We removed the existing fluorescent tubes and ballast and replaced it with new LED tubes,” says installer Bill Bozma with Boz Electrical Contracting, who handled the six-month long installation that began in 2014.

Paying dividends

Corso projects an annual savings of $100,000 in lighting costs. “We’ve seen a decrease in our electric consumption usage,” he explains. The cost savings will be redirected to student learning.

 School systems should also see long-term savings in maintenance costs. LED lights last longer than fluorescent lights—70,000 hours compared to 15,000 hours—which translate into reduced operating expenses and increased productivity.

“The long-term energy savings are significant,” Black says. “Schools should see a return on their investment in one to three years. More school systems are ramping up and evaluating LED installations. It’s great watching the steady growth and emergence of LED lighting over time.”