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Queen's University
 

Lighting Practices

Exterior Lighting

The University balances the need for a safe, welcoming nighttime environment against energy use, maintenance costs, and light pollution concerns. 

  • The Lighting Master Plan Report (1993) set the standard by which new construction and retrofits are designed. 
  • To date, approximately 50% of the campus area has been converted, according to the Plan, through new construction and retrofits.
  • Outdoor lighting is controlled by photocells that ensure the lights are only on when required.
  • The campus standard pole lamp (blue antique post with a glass acorn head) uses induction lighting that consumes only 55W per post and has a life span of approximately 20 years before service to the lamp or ballast should be required.

    Comparison:
    equivalent incandescent lighting system consumes 300W and needs service twice yearly.

Indoor Lighting

Glass is used extensively in Beamish-Munro
Hall to provide natural light.

  • Glass (windows and skylights) are used wherever feasible to maximize the amount of natural lighting and reduce the need for interior lighting.
  • Energy-efficient lighting is used in all new construction projects on campus
  • The ILC was built with hundreds of Occupancy sensors and a fully computerized lighting system 
  • Nearly $200,000 of 330,000 has been spent on lighting upgrades across campus with more projects planned
  • Goodes Hall was retrofitted with over 20 occupancy sensors

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