EFFICIENCY ILLUMINATION AT THE NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM
New York State is committed to saving energy and protecting the environment. The New York Power Authority, in conjunction with Buildsmart NY, calls for a 20% increase in energy efficiency in all state buildings by 2020. A loftier goal set by the State calls for a 40% reduction in statewide emissions by 2030. State buildings all over New York are implementing energy efficiency initiatives to do their part to reduce energy usage and reach that goal. One such entity is the New York State Museum, located in Albany.
In a museum, lighting is everything, but in the New York State Museum it was out-of-date and inefficient. With the help of a $135,000 incentive from National Grid, the museum was able to replace all of its old light fixtures with approximately 2,000 high-performance LED track lights. The results were illuminating.
New, efficient lighting reduced the museum’s annual energy and maintenance costs by nearly $200,000. The museum will be paid back on its investment in just four years, and the continued savings will lower costs to taxpayers for years to come. Furthering environmental goals, the new lighting reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 900 tons annually, equal to taking 190 cars off the road. What really impressed, however, was that the new lighting improved the experience of hundreds of thousands of visitors annually by enhancing visibility and programming options, encouraging future visits. As eloquently put by Albany Assemblyman John T. Mcdonald III, “What better way to show off history than in a new light?”