LED lights at LGH create big savings

By on December 31, 2013

Lancaster General Health has partnered with Manheim-based Richards Energy Group to design and install high performance LED lighting at three of the health organization’s parking areas, a project that reduces energy and maintenance costs by more than $250,000 per year.

The cutting-edge, energy efficient lighting system replaces the existing lighting at the 10-level employee parking garage on Queen Street in downtown Lancaster; and the LG Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion (SOP), 2100 Harrisburg Pike, and Women & Babies Hospital, 690 Good Drive, both in East Hempfield Township.

“We’re pleased to be working with Lancaster General Health,” said Andrew Fritz, senior lighting coordinator at Richards Energy Group. “LED lighting technology has sufficiently improved in terms of quality of light and energy efficiency, as well as come down in cost enough to make economic sense while allowing Lancaster General Health to achieve their goals through a project like this. It’s good for them, it’s good for us and our local partners, as well as the environment. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

John Hartman, senior director for Facilities and Construction Management at LG Health, agrees. “Investing in green initiatives is very important to us as a health organization. Lancaster General Health is constantly searching for ways to increase energy efficiency and decrease maintenance costs. This project addresses both.”

Hartman added that older light fixtures, like the ones being replaced, typically contain small amounts of mercury in their bulbs.

“That needs to be handled properly, so our project scope includes recycling of all the old bulbs and electronic components as well as much of the non-hazardous fixture housings,” he said.

Nearly all products used in this project qualify for the “Buy American” provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“We were able to source U.S. made fixtures for this project-most of what we’re putting in the parking garage is made in New Jersey, and the fixtures at the SOP Campus are made in North Carolina and Wisconsin,” said Fritz.

Hartman also touted the importance of supporting local businesses.

“Working with Richards Energy Group is beneficial because they not only specialize in energy engineering, but are close to home,” Hartman said.

Installation at the two project sites is slated to be completed in January 2014.

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