Graybar Teams Up With Local Community College for Auditorium Lighting Retrofit

Haywood Community College Lighting Case Study


Haywood Community College in Clyde, N.C., offers more than 50 programs of study plus continuing education programs to more than 8,970 students. A resource for students of all ages, Haywood is a source of pride for the community, with its campus being used for a variety of activities such as weddings, picnics, graduations, meetings, dances, community theater productions and more.

Recently, Haywood took advantage of a number of energy incentives and lighting upgrades, including changing out all T-12s to T-8s across the campus. Throughout the past few years, Haywood has installed multiple building control systems in all major classrooms and has retrofitted all wall packs to LEDs.

In October 2013, Haywood decided to move forward with the next step on its internal energy plan, retrofitting the theater lighting of the Charles Beall Auditorium. That’s when Haywood Community College Energy Manager/ Associate Director of Campus Development, Teresa Starrs, contacted Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, for assistance.


Graybar Lighting Business Development Manager Scott Lackey performed a number of site visits and energy assessments before suggesting the new lighting system for the 6,978 square-foot auditorium. Keeping in mind the requested light levels needed for the various events held by the college and outside community users, Lackey proposed a solution that included new recessed LED products and a new control system. Despite the constraints of installing the new lighting system into an existing ceiling, Lackey’s solution was well within the college’s budget.

The new system consisted of a combination of Metalux Encounter™ and Metalux SkyRidge™ LEDs from Eaton’s Cooper Lighting Business. The new offerings would replace the existing 38-500w incandescent and 54-250w metal halide recessed.

"Our specific product knowledge and our past experiences of integrating existing dimming control systems allowed us to provide a solution with a much lower material and installation cost," said Lackey. "We provided support to the installing contractor, Haynes Electric, and worked closely with our representatives at Cooper Lighting to coordinate the design and delivery of the product."


The project was completed in January 2014, and is expected to offer an 80 percent energy reduction, amounting to $6,000 in projected annual savings, utility incentives in excess of $10,000 and additional maintenance savings. The new design will also provide even uniformity while increasing the existing footcandle average in excess of 20 percent.

Pleased with the results of the project, Haywood looks forward to hosting a number of upcoming college and community events in the new, more energy-efficient auditorium.

"Haywood Community College is dedicated to making our campus as energy efficient as possible, and we are doing this one project at a time. The retrofit to LED lighting in the Charles Beall Auditorium was the next project on our list. Graybar and Haynes Electric made this a very rewarding experience for Haywood Community College," said Starrs.

About Metalux Encounter™ Series

The Metalux Encounter™Series redefines lighting by blending contemporary styling with Cooper Lighting’s proprietary WaveStream™ technology. The result is exceptional performance and superior energy savings – all at an affordable price. The highly efficient LED system with advanced optical design delivers optimal light uniformity, resulting in soft, natural light for superior visual comfort. Encounter is an excellent choice for commercial interiors. © 2013 Eaton, All Rights Reserved

About SkyRidge™ Series

The SkyRidge™ Series sets a new industry standard by offering an aesthetically pleasing, yet affordable, LED alternative to fluorescent fixtures. Patented WaveStream™ technology provides unmatched levels of optical performance and energy efficiency at a compelling price, enabling large-scale adoption. SkyRidge delivers a distinct blend of technology and beauty, making it the natural choice for today’s commercial environments. © 2013 Eaton, All Rights Reserved


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