Campus-wide LED retrofit project under way at UH Hilo

Existing light fixtures in classrooms, offices, and hallways are being replaced or retrofitted with energy efficient LED lights.

By Susan Enright.

A student employee in the Office of the Chancellor points up to new light fixtures.
Student Carlos Valdez points out the new LED pendant fixtures recently installed in the Office of the Chancellor’s conference room. All lights in the entire seven-room office, including hallways, have been retrofitted.

As part of campus efforts to foster sustainability, Auxiliary Services at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is implementing a campus-wide LED retrofit project, one building at a time. Existing light fixtures in classrooms, offices, and hallways will be replaced or retrofitted with energy efficient LED lights. When feasible, unnecessary fixtures will be de-lamped.

Light levels will be adjusted to guidelines established by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Lighting Handbook and recommended by the UH Hilo Sustainability Committee.

Marcia Sakai
Marcia Sakai

“This LED retrofit project has the potential to save more than 50 percent of the energy currently consumed by lighting, while providing better quality lighting,” says Marcia Sakai, vice chancellor for administrative affairs.

Kanaka‘ole Hall is the next building in this project; more will follow, says Sakai.

To learn more about the light replacement project at UH Hilo, see the cover story in the February issue of the Ka Lono Hanakahi.

 

About the writer of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.