Penn State: Bryce Jordan Center

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Penn State: Bryce Jordan Center

Penn State University Bryce Jordan Center LED Lighting Retrofit

We wanted to evaluate the best, long-term solution from the standpoint of ease of installation, reduction of cost, reduction of utilities, and customer experience. When we started looking into this, the 10-year warranty of the Energy Focus product is what caught our eye.

Rick James, Director of Operations, The Pennsylvania State University

The Bryce Jordan Center, located at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, opened in January of 1996 and is a 16,000 seat multi-purpose facility that hosts career fairs, commencement, touring shows, and basketball games. 

To meet Penn State’s sustainability initiatives to reduce energy consumption by up to 30%, The Bryce Jordan Center was looking for a lighting solution that could not only reduce energy consumption significantly but also provide reliable and healthy lighting for its students and faculty. Along with the unique flicker-free features, they also received a 10-year warranty—validated by over 10 years of proven quality history of commercial LED lighting—from Energy Focus. 

Here is an example of the analysis conducted by the facility experts at the Center – note the gap between savings generated by Energy Focus and where Penn State would have been had they used other, less efficient competitor lighting systems. Energy Focus lighting savings are represented by the orange bars on the chart, increase year over year until year ten, while the competitor products’ savings represented by the blue bars, step down at five–year intervals. This illustrates the real value of a tenyear warranty and low failure rate: a tenyear Energy Focus lamp will last ten years – a competitor’s fiveyear lamp is often just that: a five-year lamp.

Penn State Graph

The experts also note the ease of retrofitting: “Bryce Jordan technicians can retrofit a four-lamp fixture in 18 minutes, less time than it takes to troubleshoot and repair a fluorescent fixture. This provides a healthier, flicker-free, long-term solution that is direct wire, eliminating the ballast and simplifying the fixture.”

In their retrofit installation, they have replaced approximately 1,800 fluorescent lamps ranging from downlights, T5 fixtures, and T8 fixtures in viewing suites, concourse, common corridors, emergency exits, and mechanical spaces. They estimate a 1.6 to 1.8-year payback based on energy consumption alone. In the first year, the Center experienced savings of $41,479 – with annual energy savings accounting for the lion’s share of the total. In addition, First Energy Cash awarded a rebate to Penn State amounting to $2054.92 for energy saved per kW in recognition of installed solutions. First Energy Cash awarded a rebate to Penn State amounting to $200,000 for energy saved in recognition of installed solutions, and this will be reinvested in additional energy-saving measures at the facility.

Penn State Graph

The Bryce Jordan Center has also been able to cut down maintenance time in replacing lighting, stocking less parts, reducing the number of lamps by half, and completely removing required hazmat disposal of fluorescent tubes.

If you are looking for a more efficient, sustainable and healthy solutions to lighting, contact us HERE to get more information about how Energy Focus LED lighting solutions can help your facility “enlighten and inspire for better living”.

Penn State Bryce Jordan Center