Toggled Part Of School's LED Lighting Retrofit; ROI Under One Year

TROY — Toggled, the LED lighting manufacturing subsidiary of Troy-based Altair Engineering Inc., has completed an energy-saving LED lighting retrofit at Byron Center High School.

The $150,000 relamping was part of a $1.5 million energy saving project at the school district, southwest of Grand Rapids, that serves more than 3,800 students.

Included were new LED lamps in high school hallways, classrooms, locker rooms, and the school’s natatorium. Halogen and sodium vapor lighting was replaced.

Doug Gallup, Byron Center schools director of facilities, said the project included installation of new, high-efficiency boilers, new controls, and variable speed motors for heating and cooling air.

Gallup said the return on investment payback on the lighting was less than a year.

The project was assisted by Home Depot storres and rebate programs from Consumers Energy, the local electric utility.

In addition to significantly reducing lighting electricity costs and the school’s carbon footprint, Gallup said the lighting delivers a better learning environment.

“The improved visual acuity is obvious to students and teachers, and aside from the dollar savings it just feels great to make teaching and learning easier and more effective,” Gallup said.

Consumers Energy, the local utility, has been assisting the BCPS with rebate programs including recently increased incentives for replacing fluorescent tube lighting with LEDs.

Added BCPS CFO Marc Faber: “We have counted over 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of savings through our energy programs so far, and LED lighting from Toggled through our key partner The Home Depot, is a substantial part of our energy efficiency efforts.”

Toggled supports large-scale energy efficient lighting initiatives by offering technical support to more than 1,900 U.S. Home Depot stores.

Toggled is a manufacturer of commercial-grade LED lighting products that significantly reduce electricity costs and deliver high-quality light in office settings, industrial environments and living spaces.

Its lamps are rated at 50,000 hours of service with a five-year warranty.

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