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Bright Light Systems LEP Fixtures at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Reduce Energy Costs by 50%

Bright Light Systems, a leading manufacturer of Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) luminaires, AC LED luminaires and lighting controls, has announced the implementation of a demonstration lighting retrofit project for Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, is the largest U.S. Marine Corps installation on Oahu and home to both Marine and Navy aviation squadrons, as well as a Marine infantry regiment and aircraft group. Opened as a seaplane base in 1939, the current base has provided essential services for ground combat and aviation units since 1952.

Until recently, night operations at the aircraft parking apron were lighted by 1000W High Pressure Sodium fixtures mounted on 60 foot poles. With annual energy costs approaching $45,000 the base's senior resource efficiency manager, John Dunbar evaluated options to reduce operating costs and provide better quality light. The base's interest in Light Emitting Plasma technology resulted in a partnership with Bright Light Systems, which installed BLP1000 Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) fixtures on light poles around the P-3 aircraft parking apron, replacing the existing high pressure sodium (HPS) lights. "The new LEP lighting is 100% better," Dunbar believes, "and the brighter 'white' color compared to the 'orange' light from HPS provides better visual acuity and will make work at night more efficient. We reduced energy costs by 50%, and there will be maintenance savings as well. The payback for the retrofit is just a few years, but even without that, we have made a significant improvement to our air operations."

The air station lighting retrofit project resulted from Bright Light Systems' participation in the Hawaii Energy Excelerator, a startup program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR), dedicated to help solve the world's energy challenges. "We saw Bright Light Systems as an ideal partner for Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay that strives to reduce its electricity bill through energy efficiency," says Dawn Lippert, Director of the Energy Excelerator. "The project's success validates the impact innovative technologies can have in reducing Hawaii's dependence on fossil fuels."