The new lighting increases the light quality while decreasing energy consumption. Sustainability Success A Noticable Upgrade for EESCO Joliet In addition to significant energy savings, the branch benefits from better light quality following a lighting retrofit. Identifying an Opportunity Results Developing and Implementing a Plan In addition to the increased efficiency, that reduces energy costs, the quality of light in the aisles is better, which creates a more enjoyable place for the warehouse employees to work. The enhanced lighting makes it easier for the warehouse workers to see the bins and more accurately pick orders. The warehouse at the EESCO branch in Joliet, Illinois had inconsistent lighting with 400W metal halides in the main aisles and two-lamp, eight-foot T12 fixtures in aisles with smaller shelving. The T12 fixtures did not provide adequate light which made it difficult for warehouse associates to fulfill orders. In addition, the lights of the warehouse remained on ten hours per day, five days per week. To improve the lighting, replacement of insufficient and inefficient fixtures was required. The 400W metal halides were replaced by six-lamp T8 Cooper HBL fixtures, and the T12 fixtures were retrofitted with two four-foot T8 lamps and new reflectors. Phillips F32T8/850ADV lamps were used in all locations. Driving Deeper Reductions To add to the energy savings, Hubbell occupancy sensors were added to fixtures near the back aisles of the warehouse where there is typically less traffic. The existing exit signs were replaced with LED exit signs from Cooper. As a result of the upgrade, the branch now saves nearly 50% of the electricity energy used in those retrofitted areas. The payback of this project was less than two years. Joliet Warehouse Supervisor Rob Horton notes, “The lighting in the warehouse has been a big improvement. We are saving energy, and the new lighting makes the facility a safer, more attractive place to work.” As a result of this upgrade, the Joliet branch will save: 33,514 kWh per year That’s equivalent to: • saving 23 metric tons of CO2 • the emissions from 2,519 gallons of gasoline • the carbon sequestered from 4.9 acres of tree saplings over one year For more information: Mike Pollastrini, Sales Manager, Phone: 815-725-3900, Email: [email protected] Karen Geisser, Business Development Manager - Lighting & Sustainability, Phone: 219-614-5334, Email: [email protected] Billy Grayson, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Phone: 412-454-2424, Email: [email protected] www.wesco.com/sustainability WESCO worked with these suppliers to provide sustainability product solutions: Fixtures, Controls, and LED Signs Lamps and Ballasts We Can Help! WESCO Distribution is a market leader in providing sustainability programs and Lean solutions. If you would like to see similar success, schedule a facility audit, or learn more about our Sustainability Program contact us today.
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