Eaton Lighting Upgrades Help Earn Awards for Two Airports

Eaton Lighting Upgrades Help Earn Awards for Two Airports

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.—Power management company Eaton announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance’s Lighting Energy Efficient in Parking (LEEP) Campaign recognized the Denver International Airport (DIA) and Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) for upgrading its parking garage lighting with Eaton’s light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires. Announced at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) conference and expo in Los Angeles on June 29, Eaton’s luminaires upgraded nearly 11 million square feet of parking garages at the airports with it’s advanced LED technologies, resulting in energy and maintenance savings of nearly $1.5 million annually.

The DIA’s recent lighting conversion with Eaton’s McGraw-Edison Valet and Ventus luminaires was awarded a 2015 “Exemplary Airport Parking Facility” honor and the DTW facility, which was also upgraded with Valet luminaires, received two awards, the “Highest Absolute Annual Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Structure” and the “Largest Portfolio-wide Annual Absolute Energy Savings” awards.

“Replacing inefficient parking garage lighting with LED fixtures is one of the most practical, energy-efficient upgrades a city or business can make to save energy, reduce costs and lower carbon dioxide emissions,” said Mark Eubanks, president, Eaton’s Lighting Division. “These projects are a great example of how to increase overall efficiencies and performance to provide a safe and well-lit environment, all while helping save the airports’ energy and maintenance costs.”

The DIA’s lighting upgrade of more than 5,400 lighting products in its east and west parking garages with Eaton’s LED fixtures is helping the airport to save approximately $286,000 annually or $5.7 million over 20 years, while providing brighter and more evenly lit garages. The DTW conversion of the McNamara Terminal Parking Structure and Blue Deck consisted of replacing 6,050 existing garage fixtures, resulting in a 66 percent reduction in power consumption with an anticipated overall energy and maintenance savings of approximately $1.2 million annually.

Sponsored by BOMA, Green Parking Council, International Facility Management Association and International Parking Institute with technical support from the DOE, the LEEP Campaign offers recognition and support to encourage the adoption of proven high-efficiency lighting in parking facilities. The campaign recognized 18 organizations this year that have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 470 million square feet of parking space, cutting energy use on average by 60 percent.

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