Thursday, 10 November, 2011 11:58 AM
Lighting LED Solutions Add Safe, Reliable, Energy-Efficient Lighting
to Detroit Windsor Tunnel
Valet LED Luminaires help Detroit Windsor Tunnel reduce overall
electricity cost by 72 percent
credit: PRNewsFoto/Cooper Lighting
Cooper Lighting's LightBAR technology and patented AccuLED
Optics, the energy-efficient McGraw-Edison Valet LED luminaires
reduced the Detroit Windsor Tunnel's overall electricity
costs by 72 percent.
Ga. -- The Detroit Windsor
Tunnel, a subterranean passage connecting the United States and
recently upgraded its lighting fixtures to include energy-saving
products from Cooper Lighting, an industry leader committed to
delivering innovative products and driving transformational technology
in the lighting industry. Project goals, like providing ample lighting
and reducing energy cost, were easily met with McGraw-Edison Valet(TM)
LED Luminaires featuring Cooper Lighting's LightBAR(TM) technology
patented AccuLED Optics(TM).
that also provided quality, cost-efficient lighting
was paramount to Detroit Windsor Tunnel, LLC and the City of Windsor,"
said Neal Belitsky, CEO, American Roads and Detroit Windsor Tunnel.
"And, while we know that our upgraded lighting system will
bottom line, we also know that it will aid those who utilize the
Windsor Tunnel on a daily basis."
Before simply deciding
on an LED solution from Cooper Lighting, the
operation first called upon the University of Windsor Research
Collaboration to study the tunnel. After spending three days
underground, it quickly became apparent that the current lighting
system, relying on metal halide fixtures, was a major cause for
Costing more than $160,000 each year, the system wasn't just expensive;
it was also inefficient. The Collaboration recommended that the
Windsor Tunnel update to a more efficient system.
From there, Cooper Lighting,
working alongside Motor City Electric, was
able to quickly select the McGraw-Edison Valet LED Luminaire as
ideal solution for this particular project. The Valet LED Luminaire,
featuring a rugged and low-profile housing, incorporates patent-pending,
modular LED LightBAR(TM) technology for impressive performance and
Through its superior
optical control, the Valet LED Luminaires deliver
both uniform and energy-conscious illumination optimized to improve
vehicular movement-ideal for this specific application. Additionally,
patented AccuLED Optics(TM) provide shaped distributions and scalability
and are designed to meet the exact needs of each specific requirement.
For added durability, its one-piece, die-cast aluminum housing and
wall construction offers superior heat transfer and reliable performance
for a wide range of temperatures from as low as -22 degrees F (-30
degrees C) and as high as 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
"This project has
been an incredible opportunity for us to show how
choosing Cooper products can help increase overall efficiencies
performance," said Mark Eubanks, President, Cooper Lighting.
able to showcase both the great products we offer and our ability
adapt to each specific situation and deliver superior results. Our
Valet(TM) LED lighting fixtures will no doubt provide ample lighting
while significantly reducing the overall lighting cost within the
tunnel. This is a great project and one in which we have particular
In addition to providing
ample lighting, the Valet LED fixtures helped
decrease overall energy dependency. Key decision makers were able
this not only by choosing ultra-efficient, long-lasting LED lighting,
but by reducing the total amount of fixtures needed. Due to slow
and cool down periods, the previous metal halide fixtures needed
placed every 20 feet on center to allow for maximum coverage. With
increased light output and instant-on feature, Cooper was able to
the distance between the lighting fixtures to 40 feet and cut the
number of fixtures in half, except at the portals and entrances,
require additional light and closer fixtures.
While the project is
slated to be complete this month, initial findings
show a significant amount of savings for the operator and the City
Windsor. The overall number of fixtures has decreased from 570 to
480, wattage use per hour has dropped a dramatic 135,810 watts/hour
185,250 to 49,440, and the cost per year has plummeted about 72
from more than $160,000 to just under $45,000. When evaluating the
project over a timeframe of 10 years, the Detroit Windsor Tunnel
have saved more than $1.18 million dollar on energy costs.
Cooper Lighting offers
a range of indoor and outdoor LED lighting
products and corresponding accessories, all of which are specifically
designed to maximize energy and cost savings. For additional
information, click here.
Cooper Lighting, a subsidiary
of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), is the leading provider of
world-class lighting fixtures and controls to commercial, industrial,
retail, institutional, residential and utility markets. As lighting
technologies have advanced over the years, Cooper Lighting has been
at the forefront of the industry in helping businesses and communities
leverage the latest technologies to improve efficiency, reduce costs
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