The Navy is working with the Lighting Science Group Corp. to relamp streetscapes, parking lots and housing facilities at California’s Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) with energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs). It may be the largest lighting retrofit and upgrade in U.S. Naval history. NBVC consists of two bases, Port Hueneme and Point Mugu. Together, the bases are the largest employer in Ventura County with more than 19,000 military and civilian personnel.
NBVC provides the Pacific Fleet with a premier mobilization site, deep water port, rail head and airfield. Port Hueneme has served the Navy since 1942, and Point Mugu conducts research, development and testing to support not only the Seabees, but also the Army, Air Force and Marines.
A total of 1,084 existing streetlights, area lights and parking lot lighting fixtures are being replaced with Lighting Science Group LED fixtures and lamps. When completed, the retrofit will reduce exterior lighting consumption by nearly 60 percent, while increasing product lifetime threefold to significantly reduce maintenance costs.
High-pressure sodium cobra head street lighting fixtures throughout the Port Hueneme and Point Mugu residential areas will be replaced by 430 Lighting Science Prolific Series RoadWay luminaries approaching 92 lumens per watt.
Designed to illuminate exterior walkways and provide perimeter and security lighting, 549 Lighting Science 35-watt WallPack luminaries will be installed at the bachelor housing facilities at both locations.
More than 100 86-watt Lighting Science Shoebox luminaires will replace traditional parking and general area lighting fixtures. They deliver good color and glare-free light for general illumination.
Tom Santoianni, energy manager, said both energy savings and environmental sustainability are priorities for NBVC.
“The entire project will reduce our energy consumption by 317,445 kilowatt-hours, which translates into a reduction of 228 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and will cut our annual utility bill by approximately $45,500, based on the average Ventura County utility rate. This helps us to set the environmental standard for U.S. Naval Bases,” he said.