Lighting Upgrades

Over the past three years Facilities Management, in collaboration with the Energy team, have been retrofitting lighting systems throughout the UBC Okanagan campus with more cost effective options. The vast majority of lighting fixtures compatible with currently available LED lamps have been converted to cost effective systems with paybacks realized frequently under a year, when both energy and maintenance savings are considered.

Annual lighting projects targeting replacement of indoor and outdoor lighting on campus by converting to LED lights continue to take place.  Approximately two thirds of the campus roadway, parking lot and exterior lighting systems upgrades are complete, and nearly 50% of the campus wide indoor lighting systems are either complete, or in progress for retrofit.

The most recent project completed was an upgrade to the lighting in Fipke 121. The new lighting system provide evenly distributed light throughout the classroom as well as improved control for the users to adjust the lights to better suit their teaching and learning requirements.

UBC’s Okanagan campus annual lighting energy cost at the start of the project was approximately $400,000. At time of completion, UBC anticipates savings will reach 40% of the overall cost.

The current lighting renewal program will see all lighting upgrades complete by 2023.

Fipke 121 – Before

Fipke 121 – After