TLED Lighting Reduces Energy Consumption

General Motors works with Starco to install TLED lighting across 21 manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities around the world.
General Motors works with Starco to install TLED lighting across 21 manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities around the world.

As part of its efforts to reduce energy and carbon intensity by 20 percent from its 2010 baseline by 2020, General Motors is working with Starco Lighting to help reduce its lighting-related energy consumption across its global facilities. Since 2015, the automaker has worked with Starco to install tubular LED (TLED) lighting across 21 manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities around the world, generating more than $3 million in annual energy cost savings.

“For the past three years, Starco has helped us realize increased energy efficiency and cost savings across our global facilities,” states Alfred Hildreth, global energy manager at General Motors. “Starco has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of our broader goal of reducing energy intensity to achieve a more sustainable future, offering retrofit solutions that fit the different needs of our facilities around the world.”

General Motors has installed over 25,000 Starco lamps at its Renaissance Center headquarters. The automaker plans to retrofit other facilities with Starco’s TLEDs with capital spending using internal funds and energy performance contracting.

“Our efficacy (lumens per watt), superior L90 product life, appearance and complete product line were all items where we excelled over some other suppliers. We are excited to continue to collaborate with General Motors to help them with their energy conservation ambitions,” Starco Chief Business Officer John Calabro says.

Since becoming a General Motors global approved supplier, Starco products have been installed in 21 manufacturing and non-manufacturing warehouse sites, office buildings and plants. Vehicle assembly plants include:

  • Orion Assembly, Mich.
  • Detroit Hamtramck Assembly, Mich.
  • Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Mich.
  • Flint Truck Assembly, Mich.
  • Fairfax Assembling, Kan.
  • Spring Hill Manufacturing, Tenn.
  • Lordstown Complex, Ohio
  • CAMI Automotive, Canada
TLED lighting generates more than $3 million in annual energy cost savings for General Motors.
TLED lighting generates more than $3 million in annual energy cost savings for General Motors.

Other GM facilities that installed Starco Lighting products include:

  • Metal stamping plants in Parma, Ohio and Marion, Ind.
  • Components plants in Grand Rapids and Brownstown, Mich. and Lockport, N.Y.
  • Engine and transmission manufacturing plants in Toledo, Ohio and Romulus, Mich.
  • Warehouses in Howell and Grand Blanc, Mich.
  • Office and training centers in Alpharetta, Ga.

Starco Lighting offers 13W and 15W 4-foot TLEDs at 140 lumens per watt (LPW) that are ideal for office areas. The company also offers 18W, 22W and 28W 4 foot tubes, suitable for industrial and commercial task lighting and high bay applications. To complement their line of TLEDs, Starco offers several different TLED enclosures to house their TLED solutions. This includes different types of occupancy-controlled high bays, linear lights and office troffers. The Starco warranty covers its TLED lines for up to 8 years. Due to its vertically integrated structure, Starco Lighting has the ability to manufacture custom TLEDs including TLEDs with any color temperature, tube length and lumen output for its customers.

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