Watson Clinic LLP, Lakeland, Fla.
Lighting replacement: Watson Clinic facilities team, Lakeland, www.watsonclinic.com
The clinic’s 75-watt halogen lamps were replaced with LR6 LED downlights that deliver ambient light and energy savings. Powered by TrueWhite Technology, the indoor LED fixtures can deliver 90+ CRI and consistent warm or cool color temperatures. Watson Clinic also installed CR22 and CR24 troffers, creating flush ceilings that offer low-glare lighting for patient and staff comfort, as well as help the operating budget. Also powered by TrueWhite Technology, the CR22 troffer provides a minimum 90 lumens per watt standard efficacy while the CR24 luminaire delivers up to 5,000 lumens of 90+ CRI light at 90 to 110 lumens per watt. Both fixtures are designed to last 50,000 or 75,000 hours and are backed by a fixture warranty.
Lighting manufacturer: Cree Inc., www.cree.com/lighting
Established in 1941, Watson Clinic is one of the largest multi-specialty medical clinics in the Southeast. Throughout the years, Watson Clinic has initiated numerous facility advancements to improve operations and ensure quality of care and affordability. Realizing that inefficient lighting could play a significant factor in energy usage, Watson Clinic’s Assistant Director of Facilities Gary Picklesimer sought a lighting solution that would meet the clinic’s growing needs.
Picklesimer launched a study of the main clinic’s lighting infrastructure to assess how to cut costs while improving operational efficiency. From 2010-12, Watson Clinic implemented an expansive lighting renovation that included the upgrade of more than 100 fixtures in the clinic’s lobby and conference, procedure, X-ray and exam rooms. Watson Clinic also integrated 0-10V dimming control to harvest daylight. As the sun rises, the lights dim from the edge of the rooms to the middle, saving energy and providing consistent lighting throughout the day.
Watson Clinic saved 9,095 watts in 2012. In addition, patients have been noting how much brighter the clinic is. “Our doctors love this new lighting system and our patients love it, too—most particularly our older patients, whose eyesight isn’t generally quite so good,” Picklesimer says. “They notice something different without knowing what it is and comment on how much better the lobby areas look.”
PHOTOS: Cree Inc.