Energy Savings from the Top Down

GE Transportation Offices

Our Solution

While original construction plans called for traditional LFL lighting with controls, GE identified an LED-based office lighting solution at the same budget, providing a better return on investment over the life of the product. LED lighting fixtures have a significantly longer life than fluorescent products and up to 50 times greater lifetime than traditional incandescent lighting. Among the LED lighting fixtures installed were the Lumination™ LED Suspended Luminaires, Lumination LED Recessed Troffer Luminaires and downlights with Infusion™ LED Modules.

Additionally, GE's Lumination BL Series LED Luminaires, integrated with USG's Logix™ Integrated Ceiling System with Halcyon™ ClimaPlus™ Acoustical Ceiling Panels and DONN® Fineline® 1/8 DXFF Acoustical Suspension System, provide long, narrow bands of light for a uniform and contemporary look at 500 West Monroe.


Results & Benefits

The new layout now comprises an open workspace design with more natural light while incorporating offices, conference rooms and a café. In addition to contributing to the new look and feel of the space, GE's LED lighting provides energy savings that equate to more than $55,000 in annual cost savings compared to traditional lighting, including T8 and T12 linear fluorescent lamps, used before construction began.

“We wanted a low-maintenance option that would help us keep costs down. GE presented an LED solution with Lutron lighting controls that also gave us the best look,” said John Craynon, global site optimization manager for GE Transportation. “The ceiling is neat, clean and uniform throughout the entire area. Plus, the LED lighting fixtures provide good light levels for employees, who have responded with very positive feedback about how beautiful their workspace is now.” 

Since installation was completed earlier in 2013, employees also have been pleased their work hasn't been interrupted by lighting repairs or replacements, Craynon said. 

“Every time there is a maintenance issue with the lighting, it causes disruption,” he said. “With a much longer life expectancy for our new LED lighting fixtures compared to the old traditional lighting, we know we can minimize these interruptions.” 

Craynon also noted the ease of fixture installation and GE’s commitment to ensuring the office lighting meets Chicago's strict electrical codes, which help ensure the safe installation of lighting and other systems. 

“GE found a total solution that saved energy over the original lighting design and provides a brand new aesthetic to the space while reducing maintenance requirements,” said Sam Grebe, director of strategic accounts for GE. “Together with our GE partners, we have implemented innovative solutions that have helped create a better work environment for hundreds of employees.”