Spring 2012

[News]

Fulkerson Hall Relights for Energy Savings

FULKERSON RECITAL HALL is cutting 85 percent of its electricity use with newly installed LED stage lights as a part of a student-designed project managed by the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF).

With help from Plant Operations electrician Bill Clem, HEIF graduate student intern Laudie Jamous designed the project, which includes some 30 dimmable LED stage lights. The new fixtures will dramatically reduce the recital hall’s energy use by saving 22,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity and displacing 5.4 tons of carbon. It’s estimated the fixtures will save the university $3,500 a year.

The 60-watt bulbs will also produce better light quality on stage, says HEIF manager and graduate student Kirstin Hervin. The existing 500-watt incandescent bulbs produce one dense hot spot and a halo of light, whereas the LEDs will distribute light more evenly, making it easier to read sheet music, she says.