Campus core lights brighter and more efficient

Rob O'Brien, an electrician with Penn Ohio Electric, works on the installation of the new LED lamp posts this summer.

Rob O’Brien, an electrician with Penn Ohio Electric, works on the installation of the new LED lamp posts this summer.

Campus is a lot brighter at night now thanks to the replacement of more than 100 lights on the inner core, improvements that also could save thousands of dollars in electricity.

“It’s a lot brighter out there,” said Bill Haas, YSU director of engineering.

Haas said work crews replaced 113 metal halide fixtures with LED fixtures this summer. The old fixtures had 150-watt bulbs, while the new fixtures run on 25-watt LEDs. That’s a savings of 170 kilowatts every day, or an estimated $5,000 a year, he said.

In addition to energy savings, the new light fixtures allow for better distribution of light, which in turn improves safety on campus. For example, each fixture includes 30 to 40 LEDs, and each LED can be pointed and angled in such a way to most effectively spread light, Haas said.

A second phase of campus lighting improvements is planned for next summer and will include pedestrian walkways on the periphery of campus, he said.