Examples of huge energy savings via compact fluorescent light bulb retrofits keep turning up! This time we have the University of Alabama's Gymnastics Practice Gym which was originally lit by 400 watt metal halide lamps. Through the cooperation of various entities, the light bulbs
in the gym have been replaced by MaxLite high wattage compact fluorescents at half the energy usage.
MaxLite's 200 watt HighMax CFLs are now illuminating the U of A's gym. This light bulb retrofit has resulted in the University's lighting bill being cut in half. The old metal fixtures were also replaced by MaxLite's acrylic fixtures, which added a nice aesthetic to the gym. Seeing as the facility is one for gymnastics, it was important to have nice fixtures.
Also important is the CRI (Color Rendering Index) of the light bulbs. The HighMax compact fluorescent light bulbs
have a CRI of 84 (100 is maximum), which is much improved on that of the old metal halides. The quality of light was a big selling point for the head coach of the gym, and MaxLite's HighMax CFLs have not disappointed anyone with their quality.
Universities and colleges across the US spend nearly $6 billion each year on energy. The US Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that around 25% of that bill could be saved through increases in efficiency. Things like replacing old inefficient lighting with energy efficient lamps and fixtures could save the US a lot of money year after year. MaxLite's HighMax light bulbs are the perfect replacement for almost every metal halide light bulb out there.