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  1. SSC funds Media Commons Lighting

    The Media Commons at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library offers all U of I students, faculty and staff access to our Video Production Studio, and other Media Commons Studios. The studio is primarily utilized by students of all majors and interests for the purpose of capturing high quality video footage, using professional studio equipment (cameras, lights, etc.)  This project replaces the current outdated, high energy consumption fluorescent lighting sources with a far more energy-efficient, low heat producing, and longer-lasting LED lighting system. LED lights also eliminate the need to replace bulbs, especially fluorescent bulbs which are constructed of hazardous materials.  

  2. LED project suggestion

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    Let’s do this, and let Randy Whitman know we appreciate his suggestions – both about the LEDs and the attachment method.



    From: Sweeney, Eva Maria
    Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2014 2:29 PM
    To: Buenting, Kenneth C; Wegel, Carl Victor
    Cc: Johnston, Morgan B
    Subject: FW: Energy Savings proposal

    Ken & Carl,

    Please see below for Randy Whitman’s suggestion of LEDs in the step lights at Lincoln Hall. I concur 100% that they would save energy and maintenance effort.

    The cost would be in the ballpark of $1000-1500 including labor install.  Could this be done under maintenance, or should we look for other funding from RLF or SSC?


    From: Whitman, Randy E
    Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 11:09 AM
    To: Sweeney, Eva Maria
    Cc: Moen, Gregory A; Eckstein, Timothy J; Henry, Mark A; Ball, Sharon L
    Subject: Energy Savings proposal


                    I read somewhere recently that the University is transitioning to the use of LED lights as an energy savings measure.  I have a small proposal that would be a step in that direction.  In Lincoln Hall Theater there are numerous (at least 45) un-switched, un-dimmed, aisle/step lights that are on 24 hours a day to provide safe egress from the theater.  Currently they are lamped with 9 watt CFLs that cost approximately $5.00 with a life expectancy of 8,000 hours.  I have talked to Terry Gustafson from Englewood and he could get us a 3.5 watt LED lamp for $11.70 with a life expectancy of 25,000 hours.  The LED will provide adequate illumination for egress purposes.  So, for a little more than twice the cost we could get 3 times the lamp life and consume 60% less energy as well.  The #1 electric shop is already stocking that 3.5 watt LED lamp for candelabra fixtures in the foyer of the theater.  So, I was wondering if replacing the CFL lamps with LED lamps could be submitted to someone as a cost/energy savings measure?

                   If this idea does not fall within your scope of work could you please tell me who I should submit this proposal to?  

    On another  note for those aisle fixtures, I believe we need to modify the attachment of the fixtures to the floor box  adding washers to the attachment screws.  These fixtures are being kicked and become so loose that the wires feeding the fixtures become exposed creating a safety hazard for occupants of the theater.  I believe that the warranty for these fixtures has expired so they could be modified with better attachment means at the same time they are being re-lamped if a work order were to be generated to do this needed upgrade.

      Thanks for your time and attention.

    Randy Whitman