New LED Lighting in Kenan Auditorium More Efficient and Better for Performers

A new LED lighting instrument in Kenan Auditorium

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Kenan Auditorium at UNCW recently converted 33 incandescent stage lights to LEDs, a switch designed to reduce energy consumption and save the university about $2,500 per year.

The LEDs, or light emitting diodes, also offer better quality and more options for performances.

"The best example is the enhanced availability of color options and rapid implementation," said Norman Bemelmans, director of cultural arts. "Not only do the new lights offer a full color spectrum, but colors can be changed or added at the push of a few buttons from our lighting console."

The $56,216 lighting project was part of a $1.8 million campus energy upgrade that included an apartment heating-and-cooling system replacement project and chiller improvement for the dining hall HVAC system. The energy upgrade was partially funded with a $533,166  U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program Grant for Government, Universities and State Agencies from federal  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money administered by the  N.C. Energy Office for the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Read more about the new LED lights at Kenan Auditorium in an article featured on the N.C. Department of Energy website:

Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, UNCW Office of University Relations, 910-962-7631