Acuity Brands, Atlanta, said the University of Akron chose LED luminaires from the company's Lithonia Lighting brand to advance the school's sustainability, design and energy conservation goals for a new Multiplex residence hall. The new dorm features more than 700 of Lithonia's RTLED fixtures in hallways, study lounges and social lounges.

LED lighting was not the initial recommendation for the facility, Acuity said. In support of the university's “green” initiatives, a request was made to determine if LED lighting could be incorporated late in the construction cycle while minimizing the impact on the installation work already completed.

“A lot of the branch circuiting and lighting fixture flex connections were already installed,” said Ronald Radabaugh of Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, LLC, the engineers of the project. “All that was missing on some of the floors were the luminaires themselves. We were tasked with finding the right LED fixtures for the project, which had to be characterized by a high degree of energy efficiency, high quality light output, the overall look of the fixture and the ease of installation as a one-for-one replacement.”

The new Multiplex opened in mid-August 2010, and the school is already pleased with the results. “We are extremely happy with our decision to move forward with LED lighting as the RTLED system not only met, but exceeded our initial expectations,” said Ted Curtis, the university's vice president of capital planning and facilities management. “The installation process proceeded as smoothly as it would have using conventional lighting technology. The LED ambient lighting delivers a crisper lighting effect and provides a comfort knowing we are spending fewer dollars to obtain better lighting.”