Featuring: Doug Manders | Account Manager | Dubuque, IA
Author: Susan Bloom
This article was previously published in the December 2016 issue of the Crescent Wire and the January issue of tED Magazine.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dubuque is a pillar within the diverse community of Dubuque, IA. "Over fifty percent of our kids’ families have annual incomes of less than $9,000," shared the Club’s Executive Director, Brian Meyer, "so we’re serving the kids most in need and at risk and working to provide them with a safe and productive alternative to the streets."
One issue the Club had long struggled with was its lighting. As lighting within the 31,000 square-foot facility had last been upgraded 15-20 years ago, there were lingering lighting quality and efficiency issues. Among other concerns, the Club relied on outdated 400-Watt, metal-halide technology within its two gyms, where "lamps and ballasts were routinely failing and the lighting would quickly become dim," Meyer said.
"In the gyms, the old lighting created a dingy atmosphere and the metal-halide fixtures were big and obtrusive," agreed Doug Manders, Account Manager at Crescent Electric’s Dubuque branch. "Due to lumen depreciation, they’d also lost a lot of their brightness and were varied in color, depending on their age."
An Optimal Solution
Thanks to support from the Crescent team, an optimal solution was near at hand with LED high bay fixtures from Litetronics. Compact and simple to install, the fixtures offered a 79,000-hour life with stronger lumen consistency, a sharp contrast to the 10,000-hour life and rapid lumen depreciation characteristic of the Club’s previous lighting technology. And Litetronics’ high-efficiency LED High Bays also carry an IP65 rating, ensuring their resistance to dust and dirt as well as their ability to be spray cleaned.
"Each year, we apply for a grant through our DRA (Dubuque Racing Association), which had previously funded items like computers, lawn and snow removal equipment, and a kitchen remodel for us," explained Meyer, who also secured additional funding for their lighting upgrade project from the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s ‘Grants to Green’ program. “The LED upgrade was a great project to work on with these two grantors, based on its ability to reduce ongoing energy costs and deliver a dramatically better experience for members, staff, and volunteers," confirmed a grateful Meyer.
In August 2016, the Club’s in-house maintenance staff launched the lighting upgrade, installing over 30 new LED high bay fixtures from Litetronics in the facility’s gyms and game room. "The LED fixtures deliver a softer, brighter, and whiter light than we had before and have created a much happier place for the kids to be," Meyer said. "The new lighting looks amazing," Manders agreed.
"Litetronics’ LED fixtures really made the colors in the gyms pop and, since they consume only about half the energy of the previous metal-halide technology, they pay for themselves in a short time. Additionally, the fixtures were very easy to install."
Freeing Up Funds
"We’re pleased with how the whole lighting upgrade materialized," Meyer said. "In addition to turning on immediately, which enhances safety and security for our kids and staff, the new LED high bays have provided great relief to our budget, such that now we can redirect money once earmarked for our utilities to programs that go directly to our kids instead."
"I’d recommend these fixtures to anyone," confirmed Meyer, who also replaced many of the facility’s two- and three-lamp fluorescent troffer fixtures with Litetronics’ easy-to-install LED RetroFit Kits and plans to continue upgrading more of the Club’s lighting with Litetronics technology. So far, the facility’s lighting upgrade is on its way to slashing energy usage and expenses in half, reducing energy consumption by 42,000 kWh a year, and delivering nearly $8,000 in annual energy and maintenance cost savings.
The facility’s lighting upgrade is on its way to slashing energy usage and expenses in half, reducing energy consumption by 42,000 kWh a year, and delivering nearly $8,000 in annual energy and maintenance cost savings.
"Crescent Electric has been a longtime supporter of the B&GC and, as always, when we have a question regarding lighting, we check in with them," shared Meyer, as to the guidance they’ve come to rely on from their valued distributor partner. "Assisting us in conducting an energy audit, determining that an LED upgrade would be beneficial, helping us to select from among our lighting product options, and working with us to secure our rebate as well, they were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition."
"We always want to provide a good experience for our kids," Meyer concluded. "Thanks to our new Litetronics fixtures and support from the Crescent team, our space looks nicer and brighter and enables us to better serve our kids and help make Dubuque a stronger community."
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