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Garage Lighting Improves Safety and Saves Money
> THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM, ALA.,
announced a new project designed to
upgrade its current public parking garage
lighting to energy-efficient, connected
light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.
The retrofits are expected to save about
$375,000 per year.
The city plans to install about 4,500
LED luminaires in seven downtown
The units are connected through
a system that enables them to be
wirelessly controlled to modify
the sensitivity of the lights and
accommodate the needs of the city and
patrons. Using new motion-detector-sensor technology, the wireless controls
can modify the light output and change
According to Sherri Nielson, executive
administrative assistant to the mayor,
the city is about three-fourths of the way
through replacing its parking garage
lights with LEDs.
“In one of the garages, electrical rates
have been cut from $7,475 to $2,350,”
she said. “We actually have plans to
eventually replace all of our lighting in
the city. The mayor has strong belief in
having a well-lighted city where people
feel safe and to encourage economic
The garage-lighting-retrofit project is
the first of three improvement projects,
all of which are part of Mayor William
Bell’s “Brighter Birmingham Lighting
Plan.” The plan is designed to strategically
improve the city’s lighting infrastructure,
increase public safety, enrich the local
community and improve energy efficiency.
“By continuing to expand the benefits
of LED lighting across our streets,
highways, parks and neighborhoods,
Birmingham is leading the way, not
only to real energy and cost savings
but improving the quality of life to our
residents and local businesses,” Bell said.
The second phase involves converting
all of the city’s street lights to LEDs.
The third phase will involve replacing
luminaires on the interstates that pass
through Birmingham with LEDs.
Now, there is also talk of implementing
energy-efficiency projects in the 118
city-owned buildings, part of which will
involve conversion to LED lights.
This tunnel lighting is part of
Birmingham’s total lighting upgrade.