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​Lakeland Healthcare Parking Facility

Goal: To implement an innovative lighting solution to support Lakeland HealthCare’s sustainability efforts, increasing energy efficiency, reducing maintenance costs, and improving safety and securityTo implement an innovative lighting solution to support Lakeland HealthCare’s efforts to increase  energy efficiency, reduce  maintenance costs, and improve safety and security
Products Used: OSRAM SYLVANIA LED Retrofit Kit for Outdoor Area Lighting
Annual Savings: Total Savings Per Year: $26,103.92
Energy Savings Per Year: 326,299 Kilowatt Hours (kWh)
Equivalent Annual CO2 Emissions Savings: 641,277 lbs.


Stretching across three counties in Southwestern Michigan, Lakeland HealthCare is a not-for-profit, community-owned system of care, and one of the region's preeminent providers of integrated health-related services. Its network consists of four acute-care hospitals offering cardiovascular care, obstetrics, cancer care and surgery, as well as a range of other care options including walk-in clinics, long-term care, homecare, laboratory and radiology services, rehabilitation and other services. 

Lakeland has strong ties to the community, offering health, safety, wellness and prevention events, classes and programs throughout the year. Its commitment to those communities stretches beyond just the services it provides to patients and Lakeland feels a strong sense of responsibility to strive towards safety, sustainability and energy efficiency as well. That commitment was put on display when Lakeland decided to upgrade the 175W metal halide lamps in a four level parking facility at the Lakeland HealthCare facility in St. Joseph, MI. A power outage at the site would often cause the existing metal halide lamps and ballasts to fail, which raised security concerns for the healthcare facility.

With the help of North American lighting leader OSRAM SYLVANIA Lakeland undertook a careful examination of available solutions to replace the 231 metal halide lamps on site. The healthcare provider selected the OSRAM SYLVANIA solution because of its low power output, providing significant energy and cost savings.   The directional light distribution, delivered light only where needed while improving safety and security within the parking facility.

Before the SYLVANIA fixtures were installed, a power outage would often cause the existing metal halide lamps and ballasts to fail. With the implementation of the LEDs, this problem was instantly resolved, as the LEDs immediately powered on after an outage. This allowed for Lakeland to wire the fixtures directly into the backup generator, providing backup lighting in the case of an outage, keeping the facility well lit at all times.

The retrofit project is estimated to deliver impressive energy, cost and maintenance savings for the St. Joseph, MI Lakeland HealthCare facility. This lighting retrofit will save 326,299 kWh annually, thanks to the reduced energy consumption of the LED retrofit kit, saving $26,103.92 in annual energy costs for the healthcare facility. Additionally, this lighting retrofit stands to save Lakeland an estimated $18,212 annually in maintenance costs. Combining these savings with a utility energy rebate, the project will provide tremendous benefit for a not-for-profit organization like Lakeland now and into the future.

The results of this project helped create a chain reaction within Lakeland and the organization quickly began examining what other facilities could be retrofit with an energy efficient LED lighting solution. Future plans include similar LED retrofits in other facilities, helping increase energy and cost savings even further.

The LED Retrofit Kit for Outdoor Area Lighting is suitable for college campuses, industrial parks, city street lighting, parking lots and many other outdoor lighting applications. The retrofit replaces less efficient technologies with a LED light source, improving the application by providing a better lit more welcoming and secure atmosphere for people after dark. LED Retrofit Kit systems are designed for maximum long-term performance, low cost operation and ease of installation all without having to replace an entire fixture; the kit can be easily installed into a wide variety of outdoor fixtures.

The revolutionary system from OSRAM SYLVANIA uses only 40 watts of power to operate thanks to the kit taking advantage of the directional light distribution of high brightness, Golden DRAGON® LEDs from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors that deliver light only where needed, minimizing light trespass and disruption to an application’s surroundings and neighbors. They convey the aesthetic appeal universities and similar institutions strive for, while providing an environmentally preferable solution that offers substantial energy savings and dramatic improvements in light quality.

Lakeland HealthCare worked with OSRAM SYLVANIA to install an LED retrofit, saving the facility 326,299kWh of energy per year and a savings of 641,277 pounds lbs. of CO2 annually.  Seeing the impact of this retrofit, Lakeland HealthCare is looking to expand this program to its other facilities to begin fully realizing the increased efficiency.