GE Lighting helps solve university lighting issue

July 24, 2014

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - When Boston University went in search of a lighting upgrade for its Track and Tennis Center, it set its sights high—literally. Seeking to improve light levels and reduce energy as part of its ongoing energy-efficiency initiatives, the University’s Building Automation Services team knew they needed a high bay LED lighting solution.

“We really did our homework and rigorously tested several lighting solutions before ultimately deciding on GE’s Albeo™ LED high bay lighting fixtures,” said Elijah Ercolino, the BU director of building automation services. “The benefits extended beyond the energy efficiency of the fixture—we were also fans of the modern aesthetic and exceptional durability for the application.”

After switching to GE's Albeo LED high bay lighting fixtures, Boston University's Track and Tennis Center is estimated to save 770,000 kilowatt-hours annually, a 40 percent reduction in the center's overall energy use.

No More Noise Pollution, Reduced Maintenance

Home to a variety of athletic practices and events, commencement ceremonies and more, Boston University's Track and Tennis Center required a lighting solution that was as flexible as the facility itself. Over time, the 127 metal halide fixtures from the original construction in 2002 had become outdated and required increased maintenance.

"As the ballasts from the metal halide fixtures aged, they created a dramatic buzzing noise that interfered with athlete and spectator concentration," Ercolino said. "The new Albeo LED lighting fixtures are noticeably quieter and have cut down noise levels."

In addition to eliminating noise from the fixtures throughout the facility, the Albeo lighting fixtures also have a rated lifetime of 100,000 hours and provide greater foot-candle performance, helping to increase light levels while further reducing energy use and maintenance burdens on the facility.

An A+ Decision 

After making the switch to GE's Albeo ABHX Series LED high bay lighting fixtures, the university expects to save an estimated 770,000 kilowatt-hours annually, which is a 40 percent reduction in the center's overall energy use. 

Additionally, the Track and Tennis Center also enjoys an integrated, smart lighting system that incorporates wireless controls, thanks to the dimming capabilities and precise control the Albeo lighting fixtures provide. Each of the seven unique zones of the facility has its own controls where light levels and on/off timing preferences can be controlled independently of one another, creating an infinitely flexible lighting solution that greatly reduces energy usage.

"A lot of students and faculty have already begun to take notice and are commenting on the facility's lighting improvements," Ercolino added. 

For more information about GE's portfolio of Albeo technology and LED lighting solutions, visit GE Lighting's website or the GE Lighting pressroom. Read more about GE's commitment to innovative solutions to today's environmental challenges at

About Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.  With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.  BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University's research and teaching mission.  In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

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