Babson College, Wellesley, Mass., turned to Lithonia Lighting RTLED fixtures for an LED lighting solution to improve its operational efficiency and the quality of ambient illumination in two 760-square-foot classrooms. Babson installed 24 RTLED fixtures that it found almost identical in appearance and illumination to traditional fluorescent lights.

“We've looked at LED fixtures several times over the years and have never been satisfied with the color temperatures and fixture dimensions,” said Shelley Kaplan, Babson associate vice president. “We were immediately pleased with the color temperature and controllability of the RTLED systems. This was the first system we evaluated that had the ability to replace our T8 fluorescents and truly deliver on the promise of LEDs.”

In addition to delivering visually appealing ambient LED lighting, the RTLED lights boast a 50,000-hour rated system life without having to change lamps or ballasts. The result is a significant reduction in the labor required to check and change lamps — a key victory in meeting the College's goal to reduce maintenance costs. Powered by a Samsung LED light engine, RTLED delivers high color rendering (80+ CRI), 3,500K color temperature and full-range dimming with 0-10V DC control.