Sweat Equity: Lighting Retrofit Enhances Workouts

Sweat Equity: Lighting Retrofit Enhances Workouts

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry.

Terralux recently completed a retrofit lighting project at MBS CrossFit in Arvada, Colorado, allowing the club members to benefit from pumping iron in a well-lit, internet-connected facility.

Opened in 2008 by CrossFit Games competitor Patrick Burke, MBS expanded its Arvada location at a converted warehouse facility.  While members had more room to work out in the new facility, the gym inherited a lighting problem.

The warehouse had several light fixtures that had stopped functioning and others flickered continually, creating a less-than-desirable atmosphere for intense concentration and hardcore workout sessions. The 175-watt mercury vapor surface mounted luminaires were so outdated that replacement parts to repair the broken lights could not be ordered. Furthermore, MBS wanted to upgrade without creating the unnecessary waste of trashing the fixtures altogether.

The ideal solution was to convert the existing fixtures to more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. During the retrofit, lamps and ballasts were removed and existing wires were reconnected to the retrofit kit, which was enhanced with technology for wireless lighting configuration and control. In addition, wireless occupancy and daylight sensors were added to provide additional energy savings during vacancy and afternoon sunlight.

While maintenance to replace lamps, ballasts, and sockets on the existing lights previously took one hour per fixture, these kits only took 10 minutes per fixture, and are guaranteed to be maintenance-free for seven years.

“We are happy to be able to enjoy our new facilities with our members minus the flickering and oddly colored lighting that we inherited from the previous occupants,” said Mr. Burke. “Not only did we eliminate a time-consuming maintenance task, we are also benefiting from more energy efficient and controllable lighting.”

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