JACKSON — In partnership with DTE Energy’s Community Lighting group, Oakland University Facilities Management has turned its campus into a demonstration site for emerging lighting technologies to study energy, light output, and maintenance. Together, DTE Energy and OU have invested more than $500,000 to convert the existing high pressure sodium lamps to new energy-efficient and low maintenance lighting technologies.

Jackson-based lighting manufacturer Full Spectrum Solutions supplied 120-watt EverLast induction cobra head roadway fixtures to replace the preexisting 250-watt high pressure sodium fixtures along Pioneer Drive and Pavilion Road on the northeast side of campus.

“Oakland University is leading the way in energy related technology research and innovation. The opening of their new research center is the pinnacle of this commitment,” stated Brandon Marken, director of EverLast Commercial Sales. “They like the EverLast induction fixtures not only because they are manufactured by a Michigan company, but also because they embody what the center is looking for in terms of a cutting edge, energy efficient, and sustainable technology.”

The lighting demonstration is part of the OU Clean Energy Research Center’s  commitment to helping industrial and commercial buildings in Southeast Michigan reduce energy consumption by 40 percent before 2020. According to CERC’s website, buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the nation’s energy. In Michigan, this equates to more than $15 billion in energy costs, much of which flows out of the State, and adds to the cost of our products.

“We’re finishing up the installation of EverLast 250-watt acrylic high bays in a pavilion on our historical east campus in preparation for a lighting tour we’re hosting November 10,” stated Jim Leidel, OU’s Director of Clean Energy Systems. “In addition to reducing energy consumption, we’re striving to increase the public’s awareness of emerging lighting technologies.”

EverLast induction fixtures have been installed by universities across the United States, notably: the University of Michigan; University of California – Davis, Irvine, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara campuses; Michigan State University; Stanford University; and Purdue.

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