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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.

    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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