Cummins Aircraft Hangar Lighting Upgrade, COLUMBUS, IN
Energizing Indiana is an incentive program designed to provide rebates to Indiana businesses that perform energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities, and Cummins wanted to take advantage of the program, and upgrade outdated lighting. They were looking for an energy partner to design, facilitate, and install new light fixtures throughout their Columbus, IN aircraft hangar and offices. The quality and quantity of the light in the hangar is imperative to perform proper inspections, maintenance, and repairs to the aircraft. Optimal lighting levels had to be maintained while improving the energy savings associated with the new lighting design.
While improving light quality and clarity, Viox Services upgraded overhead light fixtures in the Cummins aircraft hangar and office areas, and helped to reduce energy consumption by 53% and annual utility operating costs by $11,046. In the hangar area, 400 watt metal halide light fixtures were replaced with 4-lamp and 6-lamp, 4-foot, 25 watt fluorescent light fixtures and in the office area 4-lamp, T12 light fixtures were retrofitted with 2-lamp, T8 lamps.
Viox Services’ energy engineers and the Cummins airplane maintenance staff worked together to design the layout of the new lighting fixtures throughout the airplane hangar and office areas. The installation of the new lighting system increased the quality and clarity of light to these areas. As stated by a Cummins maintenance technician, “There is a noticeable difference in the new lighting as compared to the old lighting. The new lighting helps us perform inspections on the aircraft without the use of additional light sources that were needed with the old light fixtures.” The new lighting provides a more even distribution of light throughout the hangar making it easier to clean the exterior of the aircraft. The potential for annual energy savings is much greater than anticipated due to the fact that the new fluorescent light fixtures can be turned on and off as needed with instant-on and instant-off switches. The old metal halide light fixtures took about 5 to 10 minutes to warm up to full brightness after being turned on, thus using more energy. According to the US EPA, the reduced energy consumption associated with this project is equivalent to:
- Saving 8,111 gallons of gasoline every year
- Saving 166 barrels of oil every year
- Planting 1,832 trees
- Reducing carbon dioxide gas emissions by 71.5 metric tons per year
The quality and quantity of light and annual energy savings realized at the Cummins site was a significant improvement and exceeded customer expectations and satisfaction.
Cummins Inc. is a Fortune 500 corporation that designs, manufactures, and distributes engines, filtration, and power generation products. Cummins also services engines and related equipment, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission control, and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins sells in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributors and approximately 6,000 dealers.