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Detroit Metropolitan Airport predicts 66% energy savings after lighting retrofit

July 7, 2014 - Eaton has announced Cooper Lighting’s McGraw-Edison Valet and Ventus LED luminaires will replace 6050 existing parking garage fixtures at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), resulting in about 66% energy savings with an anticipated overall energy and maintenance savings of approximately $1.2 million annually.


July 7, 2014
By Alyssa Dalton

“This project is improving the lighting performance in our parking facilities, reducing energy consumption, saving on maintenance costs and shrinking our carbon footprint,” said Tom Naughton, CEO of Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA). “Our team invested a significant amount of time field testing 12 different lighting fixtures and visiting local municipalities that completed parking garage lighting upgrades to take into account their lessons learned and implement best practices for a results-driven end product.”

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Consuming 60 watts, the McGraw-Edison Valet LED fixtures are replacing 1200, 210W metal halide fixtures in the Blue Deck parking garage and 4800 fixtures in McNamara Terminal Parking Structure. The Ventus LED pole-mounted fixtures are being installed on the upper open decks. The fixtures are estimated to reduce annual energy consumption by more than 7,345,000 kW/h or 66%.

“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 of Cooper Lighting. “This project is a great example of how to increase overall efficiencies and performance to provide a safe and well-lit environment, all while helping save the airport energy and maintenance costs.”

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The LED products incorporate Cooper’s LumaWatt outdoor wireless control and monitoring system, which manages the lighting levels according to pedestrian and traffic safety needs. Since the lighting runs 24 hours a day, the products are able to reduce light levels during low usage hours, increase the lighting on demand with occupancy sensors and harvest daylight, reducing power to the fixtures when needed to gain additional energy savings, noted the company.

Photo courtesy Eaton, Business Wire.