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June 9, 1997

Lighting up your (work) life

Starting in mid-August, work crews will upgrade or replace light fixtures in more than 3,000 offices across campus in an effort to improve lighting systems in state-funded areas. In most offices, workers will clean the existing fluorescent fixtures and replace lamps and ballasts (devices that regulate the flow of electrical current), said energy systems engineer Bob Dunn. This should improve light levels and quality, reduce energy use, and eliminate the "hum and flicker" sometimes caused by old ballasts, he said.

In the Performing and Visual Arts area of campus and in some other areas, the fixtures will be entirely replaced with new lighting systems.

The project, which is anticipated to cost $1.6 million, will be paid for with energy savings over time, said Dunn. Most of the work will be done in the evenings and on weekends to reduce the impact on staff, and should be finished by February 1998.

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