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Guided Bus Tour—LEDs in Action

Photo showing the exterior of Phipps Conservatory's welcome center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Photo courtesy of Phipps Conservatory.

On July 17, a guided bus tour will visit Phipps Conservatory's newly opened Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a major university, a retail storefront, and a city neighborhood to view a wide range of LED products installed. Participants should meet at 7:00 p.m. at the piano in the Wyndham lobby lounge area. Bus pick-up is on the Liberty Avenue side of the hotel. The tour will start promptly at 7:15 and will last until approximately 9:30. (Bus tour registration is closed, but a small number of seats may still be available. Inquire at the workshop Registration Desk for more information.)

Complete tour details, plus an additional list of LED installations to explore on your own, are available here.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
A cultural and architectural centerpiece of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, this steel and glass Victorian greenhouse opens its Center for Sustainable Landscapes in May 2012. With both new installations and retrofit lamps, Phipps uses LEDs to illuminate the beauty of the building and the nature it encloses.

  • Learn how Phipps uses LEDs to support a net zero, Living Building architectural approach
  • See unique uses of LEDs in a botanical garden and an historical landmark
  • Check out interior LED lighting, including desk lamps (3W Finelite), under-cabinet (6W Alkco), and exterior building and site pole lighting (74W Beta LED)
Photo showing the exterior of a GNC retail store.

Photo courtesy of GNC.

GNC Store at 6th & Wood Streets
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, GNC retails vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements as well as sports nutrition, diet, and energy products. In 2010, GNC replaced over 55,000 incandescent lamps and now all store displays use LED lighting.

  • Learn why GNC chose the Sylvania 770 lumens and Lighting Science 960 lumens PAR 30 lamps for their retail storefronts
  • Compare HID vs. LED PAR lamps in use
  • GNC estimates a 1.1 year payback

Walnut & Bellefonte Streets, Shadyside
Pittsburgh spends about $1.1 million annually to power its 40,000 street lights, using approximately 27.5 million kWh of electricity annually. The City's testing ground for LED street lights, Shadyside, is a lively shopping and dining district that required vibrant, visually pleasing, and progressive lighting. LEDs were used to keep this part of town inviting, safe, and fun.

  • Pittsburgh hopes that all 40,000 of the city's street lights eventually will be converted to LEDs—a move that would save $800,000 to $1 million annually and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 12,700 tons a year.
  • Using expertise at local universities, the City tested more than 50 kinds of LED lights and adopted a lighting code intended to bring uniformity to lighting citywide.
  • The City has a comprehensive strategy for 21st-century urban street lighting, with nearly 3,000 new LED fixtures installed in several business districts in Pittsburgh. The city anticipates a payback in savings in energy, maintenance, and repairs five to seven years after each phase of installation.

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