May 2014 — City Hall was in trouble and I’m not talking politics. The existing lighting for the council chambers consisted of 100 – 8” recessed fluorescent fixtures with double 42 watt lamps and dimming ballasts. Over the years many of the ballasts had failed and the lighting system became a constant maintenance nightmare. There was hardly a time when all of the fixtures were actually on, and as the lamps failed they would start to strobe, creating much distraction.
Oliver Clarke, engineer and certified energy manager for the City of Cape Coral, was looking for a solution and had been working with a number of different options and lighting scenarios to replace the aging and unreliable lighting system. He contacted myself and Mike Haley from SESCO Lighting and together we attacked the problem.
Our goal in the project was to find a new LED fixture that would provide adequate light level and color temperature, the ability to dim using the existing Lutron lighting control, and especially, to be able to do the install using the existing apertures from the old fixtures without having to cut the ceiling and get involved in patching and painting. One big issue was that the existing apertures were about 7 ½” diameter and most of the new fixtures we looked at were 8” aperture.
Finally, with Mike’s perseverance, we found a Liton LED product with the correct aperture, a 3000 Lumen light engine, 3000K color temperature and 0 – 10 volt dimming, seemingly perfect, but you never know until you install them, so we ordered 8 fixtures for a test, and they worked great!
After almost 3 years of research, the installation was completed in November 2013, and the results were terrific – more light, perfect color temperature, ability to dim and more than 50% energy savings. No more trouble at City Hall!