Thermo Fisher Scientific wanted to achieve the energy returns and rigorous operational requirements necessary to make the switch from traditional lighting economically feasible. For years the company searched for the right partner to supply LED lighting for its Asheville, North Carolina facility. Thermo Fisher Scientific chose Cree, Inc. to provide a turnkey solution for its LED lighting needs.
Scott Self, Director of Energy at Thermo Fisher Scientific, said they couldn’t find a solution that fit both their technical and financial requirements.“The first costs were either too high or the deployment costs were too great to make it economically feasible. We started a dialog with Cree to discuss the challenges we were facing. We basically said we feel confident Cree® products are rock solid, we just need the specified return on investment (ROI), or better, to move forward with the project. Cree was able to deliver the products we wanted at the ROI we needed—that’s how the project got started.”
The large project included replacing nearly 2000 fluorescent high-bay lamps and wrapped and recessed strips and troffers. In the 25-ft high production area, Cree® CXB Series LED high-bay/low-bay fixtures replaced over 580 fluorescent lamps. The company brightened the task areas of the facility with Cree’s LS Series surface ambient luminaire, in 4- and 8-ft lengths, which replaced over 600 fluorescent strips. Outside, the company replaced parking lot and building lights with Cree’s XSP Series pole-mount and wall-mount luminaires. The company replaced the office lighting with Cree® ZR Troffer Series luminaires.
Cree says that the LED luminaires installed across the facility are already generating positive results. Thermo Fisher Scientific anticipates a three-year payback with a 1.1M KWH reduction in power consumption for lighting and savings of up to 40 percent annually in electricity for lighting.
Thermo Fisher’s Center of Excellence for Laboratory Equipment in Asheville employs more than 400 people. The facility manufactures a variety of laboratory equipment including cold storage, separation and temperature control products for preparing and storing biological samples and other materials used in clinical, academic, and life science research labs.
The newly installed LED lighting system uses Cree’s TrueWhite® Technology to provide the industry’s best color quality. Cree says that the TrueWhite technology creates better lit and more functional environments for Thermo Fisher staff while significantly reducing the facility’s operational expenses and energy consumption compared to conventional lighting.
Cree Solutions designed and managed the project from start to finish, including engineering, installation and the assignment of utility rebates. Thermo Fisher installed the high bay and task lighting of Cree’s CXB and LS Series for interior production, shipping and receiving areas for enhanced visibility and uniform light that Cree designed for long life.
Cree Edge™Series high-output area luminaires and new XSPW™ wall packs enhanced the visibility and safety of the exterior’s parking and building facades. The company updated its engineering and executive offices with Cree’s ZR Series troffers, that provide up to 5,000 lumens of 90 CRI light.
“We evaluated LED lighting for years but could not find the right partner to provide the payback necessary to help us make the switch,” said Scott Self, energy director, Thermo Fisher. “Our customers want sustainable solutions, and projects like this allow us to reduce our energy consumption while achieving high quality productivity gains. Overcoming the financial hurdles of switching to LED within the required timeframe would not have been possible without the end-to-end approach and product innovation made available through Cree Solutions.”
Betty Noonan, Cree chief marketing officer said, “This project demonstrates another layer of service Cree offers to help commercial building owners upgrade to better light experiences as part of our mission to achieve 100 percent LED adoption and eliminate energy inefficient lighting.”
Thermo Fisher Scientific expects to move forward with implementing Cree® LED lighting upgrades at 10 more of its sites.