Reynolds Center lighting retrofit to reduce energy costs

The recent completion of a retrofit of interior corridor and warehouse lighting fixtures at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center in downtown Pine Bluff is expected to save the United Way of Southeast Arkansas $7,300 per year in energy costs.

Evan Bowers of Entergy Arkansas partner company CLEAResult presented UWSA executive director Jim Caldwell with a rebate check for $13,847 during a Friday meeting of the United Way Board of Directors in recognition of the amount of electricity that will be saved thanks to the installation of new LED lights.

“The total cost of this project was $27,710 which makes the payback period just a little under two years,” Bowers said. “The new LED lighting will save 92,300 kilowatt hours per year.”

Caldwell said the new warehouse lights are a significant improvement over the old fixtures.

“The old lights pulled a lot of power and because they took a long time to power up they were usually left on all the time,” Caldwell said. “The new lights have sensor switches that will turn off the lights after no movement is detected for a given period of time.”

The LED lights were provided by Jimmy Davison of Irby Electric Company in Pine Bluff.

“They were installed by Ed Carrington and his crew from Carrington Electric,” Davison said. “It took them five days of installation time. They replaced the lights lining both sides of the corridors as well as the lobby lights and the lights in the warehouse. The old warehouse lights were 400 watts each and the new lights are only 78 watts each. The lights that line the corridors are only 18 watts.”

Davison said that each fixture is expected to provide 100,000 hours, or 20 years of light.

“You’re also saving a lot of money in labor and equipment costs,” Davison said. “With the old lights every time a bulb needed replacing they had to rent a lift to get up to the level of the lights [which are approximately 20 to 30 feet above the floor]. With the extra long life of the new LED lights that expense is greatly reduced.”