Over the summer UConn completed a retrofitting of the stadium lights at the Sherman Field Complex. This project was a collaboration between UConn Athletics, Facilities, and the Office of Environmental Policy. The project, which cost $323,000, replaced the old stadium lights with a Various benefits of MUSCO Light Structure Green™ system will end up saving the university $11,000 and 4,000 lbs. of CO2 per year. Below is a side by side look at the new (left) and old (right) fixtures.
The new system uses fewer fixtures (95 instead of 220) and these fixtures also use less energy per fixture. These in tandem yield a 55% energy savings compared to the old system (150kw down from 337 kw). The system also employs an advanced control system with online controls to minimize excess light use. In addition to this, the fixtures produce less waste and require less maintenance work because the new lamps last approximately 2000 hours longer and there is a 25 year vendor maintenance contract. Finally the new lights reduce glare and light pollution by 50% which makes them “Dark Skies” compliant.
The Sherman Field Project is one of the more visible energy efficiency initiatives at UConn and it certainly demonstrates the university’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency.