Company: Ephesus Lighting


Industry: Light Fixture Manufacturing

The Problem

A prestigious, north-east Ivy League university decided they needed to embrace a greener approach to lighting their on-campus facilities. The bright lights used by these buldings, specifically within the atheletic buildings, are great for sports activities but not conducive to controlling energy consumption and managing its rising costs.

To combat the growing expense, they decided to upgrade their lighting systems as a way to lower, monitor, and manage energy consumption.  The university’s research revealed that implementing LEDs with intelligent lighting controls would significantly boost ROI versus using LEDs alone.  In addition, leveraging wireless lighting controls would support a retrofit installation, avoiding the cost prohibitive construction involved with using wired controllers.  As an added bonus, the local utility company was offering rebates, which could potentially offset nearly 80% of the project costs. 

The Synapse Solution

Looking to work with industry experts, the university teamed up with Ephesus Lighting and Synapse Wireless to help them implement a smart lighting solution that would reduce lighting expenses and overall energy consumption. Using LED lighting fixtures controlled by Synapse’s wireless lighting controls, Ephesus installed the smart lighting solution in 12 indoor facilities, including 10 sports venues, throughout the university’s campus.  

The use of Synapse’s wireless lighting controls empowered the university to:

  • Conserve energy using automated scheduling
  • Control banks of lights or individual fixtures with equal ease
  • Improve safety and security with motion controlled lighting
  • Reduce maintenance as the system proactively sends alerts in real time if there are any potential or actual issues

The Results

By switching to LED lights integrated with Synapse Wireless lighting controllers, the university will slash their electric consumption by over 1.5 million kWh a year or more than 70%.  This amounts to over $100,000 a year in savings for the university and untold benefits for the environment.