When the new owners of Lexus of South Atlanta assumed operations in June 2011, they quickly pinpointed one of the first things they would change: the outdoor lighting. Shifting gears and opting for an LED system—GE Evolve™ LED Area Lights—has cast a crisp white light on the dealership’s lot and the cars it sells, while cutting energy costs $49,000 a year for the long life of the new LED system.
“With a car dealership, your facility is essentially your drive-by billboard at night,” Barron explained. “Piquing people’s interest depends upon displaying your millions of dollars of inventory well. We now have much broader and more uniform lighting coverage of our lots, which is helpful from an inventory security standpoint and a display standpoint.”Aesthetics weren’t the only noticeable difference. Whereas the old HID lighting consumed 596,160 kilowatt hours (kWhs) of electricity a year, the new GE Evolve LED system draws a total of 77,289 kWhs—a nearly 87-percent reduction in electricity use. This equates to a substantial energy cost savings as Lexus of South Atlanta will now spend about $49,000 less for outdoor lighting each year. For more information on the GE Lighting products used in this project, visit www.gelightingsolutions.com. To read more about Lexus, visit www.gelighting.com/LightingWeb/na/case-studies/lexus-of-south-atlanta.jsp. About GE Lighting GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business about 15,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal ® and Energy Smart ® consumer brands, and Evolve™, GTx™, Immersion ™, Infusion ™, Lumination ™ and Tetra ® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com.