Graybar Helps Light Up Learning in Illinois School District

Graybar Helps Light Up Learning in Illinois School District

When Community Consolidated School District 59 in Illinois decided to make changes to improve the overall learning environment in its schools, the leadership turned to Graybar to help.

  • 480 classrooms re-lit
  • 14 campuses
  • 40% reduction in wattage used
  • $250,000 in incentives from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

THE SCHOOL

Community Consolidated School District 59 in Illinois is made up of 11 elementary schools, and 3 junior high schools. The district serves nearly 75,000 residents and covers 24 square miles in the Chicagoland area.

THE CHALLENGE

The school district needed to re-light 480 classrooms across 14 campuses with integrated LED lighting controls.

HOW GRAYBAR HELPED

To activate, coordinate and manage the project, Acuity Brands engaged Graybar. Graybar effectively kept the project on schedule and within budget so that by summer 2014, more than 5,000 VT Series LED luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® were installed. The LED luminaires are integrated with Acuity Controls nLight– which achieves controllability down to the room-level, as the district wanted.

RESULTS

With the new energy efficient lighting, there was an immediate 40 percent reduction in wattage used, which resulted in dramatically lower energy costs – even when classroom lights are left on. The school district also reduced maintenance costs attributed to lighting due to the long-lasting LEDs, which do not need to be replaced nearly as often as the T8 fluorescents.

“Everybody loves it. They find it to be a real, eye-catching experience that is unlike anything they have ever seen before.” – Tony Rossi, Executive Director for Facilities and Operations.

“Staff and students commented positively on the improved lighting in the classrooms, and teachers appreciate the ability to control light levels.” - Tony Rossi, Executive Director for Facilities and Operations.

The new lighting upgrade has been a great opportunity to provide our classrooms with a more dynamic, 21st century look that’s flexible and inspirational to the students.
 

Tony Rossi
Executive Director for Facilities and Operations.