Okemos Public Schools Select Cooper Lighting LED Product to Update Parking Lot

School officials aim to improve safety while reducing energy costs at Chippewa Middle School.
Officials at Okemos Public Schools in Okemos, Michigan, needed to update the parking lot at Chippewa Middle School with goals of improving safety and traffic flow in the lot, reducing energy usage, and upgrading the performance of the outdoor lighting system. With input from middle school staff, a renovation plan was devised and Okemos Public Schools selected LED lighting from Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries plc, for the parking lot upgrade.
cooper DA42183.jpgOkemos Public Schools, working with consulting engineering firm Clark Trombley Randers (CTR) and local Cooper Lighting representative Crites, Tidey & Associates, Inc., chose the McGraw-Edison Ventus LED Area Luminaire to improve lighting coverage and levels, thereby enhancing safety in the parking lot. By replacing 40-year-old mercury vapor cobrahead fixtures, the use of the new efficient LED lighting will also reduce energy usage and electrical costs for the Okemos school district, with a projected savings of 25 to 30 percentan important savings for a school district operating under reduced funding, like so many today.

"At our schools, safety is the top priority, and in order to have a safe parking lot, superior lighting coverage is necessary," said Steve Lathrop, Director of Operations, Okemos Public Schools. "With Cooper's LED lighting system, we are meeting our safety goals and seeing long-term cost savings." Lathrop also notes that the reduced energy consumption results in positive environmental benefits that help support the school district's continued goals, as well.

The Ventus LED Area Luminaire provides superior optical performance and versatility for area and roadway applications. With patent-pending modular LightBAR technology, the LED lighting is able to deliver application-specific uniform illumination to the parking lot at Chippewa Middle School.

"We are pleased that Okemos Public Schools recognized the many advantages of our LED lighting products," said Mark Eubanks, President at Cooper Lighting. "The improved performance of the McGraw-Edison Ventus LED fixture allowed the school to meet its energy goals while improving child safety and the lighting performance."

About Cooper Lighting

cooper lighting.jpgCooper Lighting, a subsidiary of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), is the leading provider of innovative, high quality interior and exterior lighting fixtures and related products to worldwide commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and utility markets. As lighting technologies have advanced over the years, Cooper Lighting has been at the forefront of the industry in helping businesses and communities leverage the latest technologies to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enrich the quality of the environment.

About Cooper Industries

Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) is a global electrical products manufacturer with 2010 revenues of $5.1 billion. Founded in 1833, Cooper's sustained success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation, evolving business practices while maintaining the highest ethical standards and meeting customer needs. The Company has seven operating divisions with leading market positions and world-class products and brands including: Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2010 fifty-nine percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and thirty-nine percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 21 countries as of 2010. 
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