Fayette school gets new lighting 2011.10.26

Written by David Green.

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ASSEMBLY—Aaron Brehm of Fayette (left) and Rick Harris of Defiance assemble the new fluorescent light fixtures that were placed in Fayette’s two gymnasiums and in the ag shop area. The men work for Gem, Inc., of Walbridge.

A rebate project through First Energy resulted in new light fixtures for the Fayette school.

Ohio utilities face an order to reduce electrical consumption by existing customers, explained Fayette school superintendent Russ Griggs, and one of the approaches is an offer to switch to more efficient light fixtures.

Although Fayette’s school is rather new,  advances in energy efficiency will result from the new bulbs and fixtures.

Classroom lighting will remain the same due to the type of units in place because the ballast configuration will not work with the high efficiency bulbs. However, there are now plenty of spare bulbs available for classrooms after the hallway and storage area lighting was replaced.

The large metal halite gymnasium light fixtures were replaced with banks of high-efficiency fluorescent lighting. The new lights become bright immediately and don’t require the “warming up” period of metal halite bulbs.

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