Sunday, November 6, 2011

LEDs light up Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base

Over 930 LED Fixtures were installed during Base renovation that is still underway.

Camp Pendleton is one of the major United States Marine Corps training facilities, serving as a prime amphibious training base for nearly 100,000 Marines.

Prior to installation the electrical and general contractors for this project, commissioned third-party testing of the LED luminaries against proposed linear fluorescent lighting to evaluate heat distribution and the impact on air conditioning. The study found that the LED luminaires put out 44 percent less heat than the proposed fluorescents and contributed a 15 degree rise in ambient temperature rather than the 25 degree increase from fluorescents when compared to a baseline of no lighting.

"Based on the results from our model, we were able to demonstrate the efficacy of LED fixtures, which use 31 percent less energy than traditional fluorescent lighting, for the Camp Pendleton installation," said William Porges, president of one of the contractors. "Utilizing these fixtures can significantly reduce building electrical loads and result in dramatically lowered energy costs. We also found that additional energy savings can be attributed to the decrease in air conditioning usage."

David Elien, added: “The energy-efficient LED products used in this installation fulfill base lighting needs while providing high-quality light, reduced maintenance and potential HVAC savings, helping Camp Pendleton join the LED Lighting Revolution.”

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