128th Air Refueling Wing brightens future with efficient LED technology

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  • By Capt John Capra
  • 128ARW/PA
The 128th Air Refueling Wing is improving its energy efficiency by replacing older, less efficient street lights with new high efficient Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lights. In an effort to reduce the base power demand, this initiative is in response to the Presidential Executive Order 13423 which requires that all Federal agencies reduce energy intensity by 3% each year, totaling 30% by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2015 compared to the FY 2003 baseline.

Gen. Mitchell Air National Guard Base, home to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, recently replaced 114 street lights on its installation which consumes about 50% less energy than the previous High Pressure Sodium light fixtures. The new lighting also provides more sustained lumens (brightness) and offers a wider color spectrum which contributes to a safer and more secure installation.

Hurt Electric, Inc. of Menomonee Falls, Wis. was contracted to retrofit the existing street light poles and install the new LED light fixtures.