Trinity Conservation Efforts

Being Good Stewards with the Resources God has Given Us

Trinity Announces Complete Changeover to LED Lighting
in the Narthex, Nave, and Sanctuary

   Trinity Church has completed it's conversion to efficient, high output LED lighting in the Narthex, Nave, and Sanctuary. This involved replacing 227 lamps and 21 complete fixtures. Before the conversion, 30,000 watts were needed to light these areas. Using new LED technology, we have been able to lower this to 3,000 watts. This represents the removal of 27,000 watts per hour off the power grid, and a substantial utility savings for Trinity! One of the challenges to such a project has been to maintain the warm look of incandescent lighting. Because of some recent advances in the products available, we have been able to maintain the "classic" look. (See picture above.) 
   One side benefit has been to improve the look and feel of the Narthex. When the new church was built in 1989, florescent lighting was used giving it a very cold look. By changing out these fixtures to warm LED down-lights, not only has energy consumption been reduced, but the look and feel of the room has been improved!

   The full conversion for these areas was not as expensive as one might think. Most all of the labor was done by volunteers, and labor can be the biggest cost. The church was due for a re-lamping which normally costs about ,200 for traditional lamps. The cost of the LED lamps was higher (about ,800) meaning it was a one-time added expense of ,600. However, we have reduced the cost of operating the lighting by per hour. Our estimate is that our break-even point will be about a year, figuring the lighting is used about 15 hours a week. 

   Although we did this re-lamping using volunteer labor, most often we are not that lucky. When we have hired contractors in the past, the full re-lamping runs about ,000. This was done every 2,000 hours of use. If the new LED lamps live to their rated life of 25,000 hours, we will also be able to skip about twelve re-lampings. 

  Going green is often a win-win situation. Over the life of the lamps over 675 million watts of energy will be saved. In addition, the air-conditioning load has been reduced as the heat from the old lamps will not have to be pumped back out of the building. 

Update: The Conference Room has now been added to the list of rooms converted to LED lighting. 640 watts of florescent lighting have been changed to 78 watts of LED lighting. Although a more modest project in nature, this room sees a lot of use. In Addition, all three public bathrooms have been changed over dropping the demand from 400 to 144 watts. 

Trinity has a long history of finding ways to be kind to the environment. Some came in the design of the new building, others were added along the way. These include:

* Gas fired furnaces for heating and hot water. (As opposed to Oil and Electric.)

* Hallways lit with Skylights which eliminate the need for artificial lighting during daylight.

* A two-stage cooling system that checks for cool air outside and if available, circulates that as opposed to starting the main air-conditioners. 

* Motion detectors in the public bathrooms to insure the lights are turned off after use.

* PECO Smart-Ideas thermostat system that allows cooling to be coordinated with the utility at peak-demand times.

* Energy efficient and modern environmentally friendly office copy equipment.

* In-house recycling and separation of all waste products generated.  

We are not stopping there! Several new projects are in the works and as ideas and funds become available, we will continue to improve the energy efficiency of Trinity!