Co-Op Improves Lighting Efficiency

BURLINGTON, Vt. — City Market/Onion River Co-op, a 16,000 sq. ft. community-owned food cooperative here, has completed an energy-efficient lighting upgrade.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — City Market/Onion River Co-op, a 16,000 sq. ft. community-owned food cooperative here, has completed an energy-efficient lighting upgrade.

The upgrade includes the deployment of an intelligent lighting system, from Digital Lumens, which will reduce lighting operating and maintenance costs, and deliver savings of nearly 100,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year.

The system was installed by Leading Edge Design group. City Market installed the Digital Lumens Intelligent Light Engines (LED-based fixtures with embedded controls) into the shopping areas, and uses LightRules (central lighting and energy management software) to configure light levels and monitor energy usage.

The system "is delivering dramatic cost savings and decreasing our energy usage, while also giving us accurate data on lighting energy consumption," said Brent Demers, facilities manager, City Market, in a statement. "With LightRules we have accurate information on just how much energy we're using, which helps us manage our overall consumption. In addition, numerous customers have complimented us on quality of light, meaning that we're saving energy and making our customers happy. That's a successful project."