The Office of the Provost provided $100K of funding per year over the next five years for the installation of LED exit signs. Five hundred and thirty-one LED fixtures were installed in Grainger Library, Animal Sciences Laboratory, Roger Adams Laboratory, Engineering Sciences Building, Turner Hall, Main Library, Education Building, and Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory.
Eight courtyard-area classrooms in the English Building received new LED fixtures along with atrium areas. Eleven classrooms in the Armory and common area corridors received LED upgrades. Both the Florida Avenue Residence Halls and Pennsylvania Residence Halls underwent exterior lighting replacements.
Per the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) FY14 grant, the following projects were completed:
Bi-Level Adaptive Lighting
- Loomis Laboratory, Materials Research and Engineering Sciences Laboratories-19 LED wall packs and 7 LED globe lights
- The Activities and Recreation Center – 390 LED high bay
- Coordinated Sciences Laboratory – 10 LED can and 12 1x4 LEDs
- State Farm Center parking lot – 72 LED lights
- Parking Lot B21 – 8 LED lights
A University of Illinois parking lot became one of the first test locations in the State of Illinois to feature energy efficient, motion-activated, light-emitting diodes (LED). Campus Parking upgraded the lighting fixtures in Lot E15, at the corner of Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Champaign, after receiving $50K in funding from the Student Sustainability Committee. The motion sensors used in E15 double the light intensity when movement is detected in the parking lot. This allows the lights to consume less power, while still maintaining a minimal level of lighting at all times.
Talbot Laboratory, Computer Applications Building, Roger Adams Lab, and the Vivarium all received new LED fixtures to provide increased illumination around doorways. The entry canopies at the Activities and Recreation Center and Allen Hall are also lit with LED fixtures.
Lighting Upgrades and Traffic Signals
Sixty-two LED fixtures were installed during the Krannert Art Museum Gallery renovation project. Track lighting in the Henry Administration Building was replaced with LEDs as well as lighting in an Illinois Sustainable Technology Center conference room. Traffic signals at Sixth Street and Armory Avenue and at Fourth Street and Gregory Drive were updated with 47 LED fixtures.
2008 – 2011
Life Safety Upgrades
Midwest Collaboration for Adaptive Lighting
The university and peer institutions from the Big Ten and Friends Environmental Stewardship Group initiated the Midwest Collaboration for Adaptive Lighting (M-CAL) with a goal to reduce energy consumption in parking lots across university campuses and help test and promote adaptive lighting techniques to surrounding communities.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Lobby lights in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts were replaced with 550 LED fixtures. The lights are projected to use 132,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, at a cost of $12,500 (in 2010 dollars) – about a fifth of the cost of the old system. They are lowering cooling and maintenance costs, as well. The installation includes a computerized mixing feature allowing Krannert staff to change lighting colors to create unique atmospheres for the space.
A campus-wide life safety project was completed with the installation of new LED exit signs in 36 campus buildings, including the Library, the Undergrad Library, Armory, University High School, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Foellinger Auditorium.
Exit Signs Project
Illinois began its first major LED installation on campus in 2008 with the LED Exit Sign project (phases 1 and 2). More than 500 LED exit signs were installed in 20 buildings across campus.