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Texas A&M – A Bright By June A. Broughton


Transportation Services at Texas A&MUniversity in Col- lege Station is shining a much brighter light on its parking


customers, thanks in part to a $15 million state energy conserva- tion upgrade that includes building heating/cooling automation. Lighting fixtures in all five campus parking garages are


being replaced, with completion expected this month. The $2 mil- lion retrofit was designed to reduce energy consumption, costs and carbon emissions, and to improve lighting levels. Phase 1 of the campus-wide project involved replacing exist-


ing high-pressure sodium (HPS) parking garage lighting fixtures, which produce a yellowish/orange light.


After more than a year-long study and search for the right


technology, induction fixtures, manufactured and provided by ECO Parking Lights of Fishers, IN, were selected as the best over- all choice for use in the garages. Induction lighting produces a very efficient white light that,


when compared with the existing HPS lamps, performs heroical- ly. Other lighting sources that were considered but ruled out for various reasons were LED and fluorescent lighting. Induction lighting was determined to be the best long-term solution, yield- ing the highest return on investment.


New induction lighting provides a white, sunlight-like color, while the previous high-pressure sodium fixtures produce a yellowish/orange light. The Texas A&M installation is expected to be completed this month.


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