Goodwill Industries Receives Significant Lighting Makeover
Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa received over 1 million pounds of donations last year! Sorting clothes, housewares and toys require attention, and adequate lighting is helpful. David Boyd, president and CEO, said the lighting was “antiquated and outdated.” Dingy lighting was not only running up monthly energy costs but created a safety concern.
The warehouse consisted of 400-watt metal halide fixtures and 8’ T12 fluorescent fixtures, each drawing 175 watts. Efficient Technologies provided a proposal that significantly reduced the energy usage while increasing light output. Forty-one, LED high bay lights, 150 watts per fixtures, replaced the 106, 8’ fixtures. The Goodwill staff no longer has to worry about flipping light switches due to adding a motion sensor to each LED high bay. The lights were only on when an area was occupied, which allowed for greater energy savings. LED lights are on instantly when motion is detected, getting rid of the warm-up time from previous fixtures.
The outdoor wall pack fixtures received a face-lift with LED lights. The old wall packs were unreliable and did not create a sense of safety for staff arriving before the sunrise and leaving after sunset. With LED replacements, Goodwill is assured a safe parking lot for another 20 years!
MidAmerican Energy rebate programs reduced the project cost by nearly half. Goodwill will see their money back in less than four years as a result of electrical energy savings. They will continue to help people overcome barriers to independence in a safe, green work environment.