Watsonville, CA - The city of Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, population
51,000, knows how to painlessly conserve budget dollars while actually improving
conditions for residents, visitors and city workers alike.
Working with city resident and business owner Bud Hall of Hall Electric, a prominent
electrical contractor throughout the county, last year the city of Watsonville developed a plan to retrofit hundreds of existing outdoor area, parking lot, and public-recreation facility high-energy light fixtures with low-energy, longer operating life Twin T5 fluorescent luminaires. Now, in 2011, the city has saved hundreds of thousands of wasted watts previously consumed (and charged to city taxpayers), along with many thousands of "tight" municipal budget dollars, shaving replacement-lamp and maintenance costs in the process.
o In the City Hall parking lot - 2 mercury vapor pole-mounted fixtures consuming 174
total watts each were retrofitted with an equal number of Magnaray® International
W1PL36 luminaires, that consume 40 total watts each.
o At the city police station, all high-pressure sodium pole- and building-mounted
fixtures, consuming from 295 to 480 total watts each, were retrofitted with Magnaray®
City of Watsonville Saves $$$ With Magnaray® Lighting International W2PL50 twin luminaires that consume 106 total watts each, while providing security camera-friendly, uniform lighting.
o Municipal day/night tennis courts with 24 metal-halide units consuming approximately 1640 total watts each, were retrofitted with Magnaray® International W4PL5096EB arrays that consume 216 total watts each; an 82% reduction of previous watts consumed. (Complaints from nearby residents about light trespass and obtrusive MH glare also stopped, while nighttime tennis players say they actually have more light, with less glare, to play by.)
o At the City airport parking lot, parking-garage deck, and nearby city truckmaintenance
garage, various-wattage metal-halide light fixtures were retrofitted with Magnaray® International luminaires that consume an average 77% less energy.
o The city recycling center had planned to employ 24 metal-halide fixtures consuming
480 total watts each, but switched to Magnaray® International W4PL5096 luminaires that consume 216 total watts each.
Lighting designer Larry Leetzow of Magnaray® International notes, "The city of
Watsonville achieved greatly reduced energy costs throughout every phase of its retrofit installations, experiencing a consistent 50% increase in operating lamplife; lowered time to install Twin T5 fluorescents contrasted with HPS, MH or MV; instant-on light with no lamp-killing restriking times owing to line-voltage power surges; and approximately 90% maintained lumens around 50,000 hours, for long-lasting 'see-ability' (high light quality).
"The white light of Twin T5 fluorescent fixtures is the main reason everyone using any of these city facilities can see better at night, with accurate coloration of people and objects. We have been told security cameras, cell-phones or other types of digital
cameras work better in the new, lower-glare light," Mr. Leetzow concludes.
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