Penn State chooses new LED lighting system for construction project

CAST Lighting solution helps university meet security and safety needs while also supporting Greenhouse Gas Reduction initiatives


Hawthorne, NJ (PRWEB) July 15, 2013 CAST Lighting, a premier manufacturer of outdoor security and landscape lighting systems, released today a case study of the successful conversion of a traditional construction site lighting system to a new LED system. The site of the conversion was the campus of the Penn¬sylvania State University (Penn State) in State College, PA.
Most institutions (like Penn State) seek many avenues to reduce energy consumption. This was the primary goal when the university and its partner, Massaro Construction Management, sought an energy-efficient solution to provide security lighting for perimeter fences around construction areas. The previous lighting solution was inefficient and problematic in several ways. The new solution, CAST Lighting’s award-winning LED Perimeter Lighting System prom¬ised to satisfy all the security and safety needs while supporting the university’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiatives.

Need: An energy-efficient and effective portable lighting system to illuminate perimeter fences around University campus construction areas.

Background: Massaro Construction Management Services, LLC., a construction management company, was hired for a number of construction projects on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Temporary chain-link fences with driven posts were installed around the perimeters of all construction areas by Massaro’s subcontractor, John Nastase Construction. Some perimeters were adjacent to high-traffic walkways; others were located in garden or lawn areas. Both situations necessitated lighting to enhance security and safety.

Massaro typically used 120-volt work lights strung along fences, mounted by hooks – each one protected in a glass-enclosed cage. This type of lighting presented many problems – only one side of fence could be illuminated, glass enclosures were subject to breakage, energy consumption was high, and 120-volt currents presented a safety risk.

Solution: CAST Lighting, a low-voltage lighting manufac¬turer, supplied a CAST LED Perimeter Lighting System customized with quick-connects so lights could be rapidly deployed and moved to accom-modate temporary fencing needs. This system, introduced in 2012, won 7 security and lighting industry awards including “The Most Innovative Product of the Year” (LightFair 2012) and awards from ASIS, Security Sales and Integration, Archi¬tectural Products, Architectural SSL, and others.

The unique features of the system include how it is mounted, its energy-efficiency, its highly targeted light output, its fast installation, and durability.

Implementation: CAST Lighting provided (93) LED Perimeter Lights – each with a quick connect plug. These lights were designed to be mounted every 20 feet (every other vertical fence post) along temporary chain link fencing. Long wire pieces were provided with quick-connects every 20 feet to connect the fixtures to the 24-volt power supply. Wires were affixed to fences with removable cable ties. Two CAST Lighting Perimeter transformers supplied power to the entire system. On/Off times were controlled with a built-in timers and photocells.

Results:

There were several areas of concern to be addressed:

Labor: 80% Savings. The entire system of 88 lights and two power supplies were installed by a 4-man crew in less than four hours. While direct labor savings could not be measured, similar projects show a labor sav¬ings of as much as 80% compared to 120-volt perimeter lighting systems.

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