The Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area is home to many high profile federal buildings. At times, prominent people gather at these buildings for meetings, conferences, and presentations with some visiting from various parts of the country and potentially around the world. From honoring guests at an assembly to learning during a lecture, it’s important to have optimal lighting and a space that you can be proud to host various constituents.
One Federal Agency with a building in College Park, Maryland, was using an outdated dimming system with old technology. Many fixtures were non-functioning and in disrepair, resulting in a lack of light and dark spots throughout. Lights and ballasts that stopped working proved difficult to change due to high ceilings and tiered stadium-style floor.
Bay Lighting Solution
Bay Lighting worked with the agency’s contracted facility management partner to learn more about the auditorium space and how it will be used. System compatibility, dimming capabilities, consistent lighting, and ease of light bulb changes were at the forefront of this project. The Bay Lighting specialist created a photometric plan to show proposed light levels compared to current light levels using existing fixture placement. This included 9 rows total with 24 feet of fixtures per row.
Bay Lighting partnered with Sunbelt Rentals to determine scaffolding requirements. This was a very important piece to the puzzle because scaffolding allowed for electricians to easily access all light fixtures for replacement. LED linear fixtures by Focal Point and LED Par Lamps by Satco were specified for the project.
With proper planning from the beginning, this auditorium lighting enhancement was a great success. Scaffolding was erected across the entire floor for a flat walking surface allowing installers to swiftly remove and replace fixtures and lamps. The photometric plan pre-determined light levels and following the plan resulted in the expected outcome. Recycling and rebate services were also managed by Bay Lighting and applied where applicable. Upon completion, the customer was pleased with optimal light levels and the ability to dim LED lighting based on the event. One of the biggest benefits was the reduction in maintenance with fixtures and lamps rated for 5-years.