U.S. Naval Base Setting an Environmental Standard

One of the largest Navy Lighting retrofits has recently been completed at two sites. Port Hueneme and Port Mugu replaced 1,178 lighting fixtures with Lighting Science LED fixtures. (Relumination is proud to offer Lighting Science products to our customers) The retrofit is saving the Navy nearly $60,000 each year in electricity costs alone.

The naval base replaced 430 high-pressure sodium cobra head street lighting fixtures with Lighting Science’s PROLIFIC series roadway luminaries. According to a press release from Lighting Science, the new, brighter LED fixtures give off 92 lumens per watt, and are described as fixtures that are “currently leading the industry.” They also installed 549 Lighting Science WallPack luminaries around the naval base’s bachelor housing facilities. The new LED fixtures not only light up walkways and serve as security lighting, but they are expected to last three times longer and consume less than half of the power as the previous luminaries. The naval base also replaced 105 parking lot and general lighting fixtures with 86-watt LED fixtures. “The entire project at the two bases will reduce our energy consumption by 440,000 kWh (Kilowatt Hours) which translates into a reduction of 316 metric tons of CO2 emissions and will cut our annual utility bill by approximately $57,000, based on the average Ventura County, CA utility rate of 13.5 cents/kWh,” said Tom Santoianni, Energy Manager for Naval Base Ventura County.

As Santoianni also said in his press release, The Naval Base Ventura County’s LED retrofit will “…set the environmental standard for U.S. Naval Bases.” The Navy is also considering converting their ships’ fixtures to LED because of a study released stating they could save another 87% on electricity by installing LEDs. The savings from both projects are phenomenal, and we expect to see more retrofits from U.S. army bases in the future.