The arts center replaced more than 7,600 light bulbs with LEDs outside the four theaters, including on both entrances of the Schnitzer Concert Hall and its iconic Portland marquee. Long-lasting, energy-efficient two-watt LED bulbs come with a life expectancy of 50,000 hours—that’s more than five years of 24-hour-a-day use.
Upgrading to LEDs improves the quality of light in the arts facilities, and reduces maintenance and repair costs. The arts center received cash incentives of over $46,500 from Energy Trust, and expects to save 186,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and more than $18,000 per year on its utility bill.
P.S. In good company, Portland’s theaters join other west coast icons in adopting energy-efficient lighting, from Seattle’s historic Paramount Theatre to Portland’s newest Tilikum Crossing bridge.
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