MIC: Global Green Lighting Saves City Cash
By: Latricia Thomas
The next time you're downtown after dark, you'll see a lot more of Chattanooga thanks to Global Green Lighting. "Those lights are going into the downtown area, the central business district and we are putting them into the high crime areas," says Don Lepard who owns Global Green Lighting.
Inside the company's factory, Sandy Brown is one of 40 employees assembling, drilling and wiring the smart street lights. She got a pink slip from this factory's previous tenant, a different company that moved its jobs overseas. But a few years later, she's on the payroll at Global Green lighting who did just the opposite moving their production from China to the Scenic City. "It was kind of like an answer to a prayer," Brown says.
She's in charge of wire harnesses that connect the power supply and surge protector in the base of the lights to the unique radio transmitter on top. "We came up with a smart grid technology that measures energy consumption and we put it into the light," Lepard says. "Now we have one of the first lights in the world that has a utility-approved meter inside every light so that we can measure the energy savings."
The 36 LED bulbs are mounted to the light and set on top of a reflector to boost brightness, making a computer-controlled light that controls the city's energy costs at the same time. "We can save up to an hour an hour and a half of energy city-wide on all the lights," Lepard says, "just by turning them on and off earlier."
All by flipping the switch on an assembly line closer to home
For more information on Global Green lighting, click here to visit their website.
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