Eaton Helps Improve Lighting Efficiency, Performance At Denver Airport

Eaton's LED parking garage solutions aim to save the Denver International Airport $6.5 Million over 20 years.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Power management company Eaton announced Tuesday its Cooper Lighting Division is helping to improve optical performance and efficiencies at the Denver International Airport (DIA). Replacing more than 5,400 parking garage fixtures, the DIA conversion will include almost 5,000 McGraw-Edison Valet light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires, helping the airport to save approximately $327,000 annually or $6.5 million over 20 years. Construction of the multimillion-dollar project began in May 2014 with an anticipated completion date of November 2014.

In addition to substantial savings over time, the new Valet LED products will help the DIA East and West parking garages become brighter and uniformly lit, increasing visibility and enhancing safety for its customers, while also shrinking its carbon footprint.

“We are happy our DesignLights Consortium (DLC)-listed product will help the DIA reach its energy reduction and sustainable goals, while also saving the airport a significant amount of money each year,” said Mark Eubanks, president, Cooper Lighting Division. “Replacing inefficient fixtures with LED alternatives is one of the most practical solutions to save energy, reduce costs and lower carbon dioxide emission, while improving lighting performance.”

The conversion will result in a 45 percent energy savings and is estimated to reduce annual energy consumption by more than 3,400,000 kilowatt hours per year (kWh) or 68,000,000 kWh over the expected 20 year life of the McGraw-Edison Valet products. The yearly carbon reduction associated with the project is equivalent to the electricity used by 356 homes or taking 544 cars off the road each year. The long-lasting fixtures will also allow additional maintenance savings with fewer lamp replacements, reducing labor and material costs.

The installation of more than 4,000 McGraw-Edison Valet LED products will consume only 51 watts compared to the existing high press sodium (HPS) fixtures consuming 177 watts. Additionally, more than 700 Valet 73-watt fixtures will reduce the wattage used in 250-watt and 150-watt HPS products, and 27-watt Valet products will replace metal halide surface-mounted downlights consuming 115 watts.

The McGraw-Edison Valet LED lighting fixtures are DLC listed, which qualifies the DIA for a local utility rebate from Xcel Energy’s Lighting Efficiency program. The DLC is a leading resource that distinguishes quality, high-performance LED products for commercial and industrial projects and produces a Qualified Products List to save time and provide peace of mind to lighting specifiers and property owners selecting products to support sustainable design practices. As a result, the airport is anticipating a rebate of approximately $630,000.

Additional Eaton products helping to save energy in the conversion include Lumark Crosstour LED Wall Pack luminaires and Corelite R2 recessed LED fixtures.

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Eaton’s Cooper Lighting Division delivers a range of innovative and reliable indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, as well as controls products specifically designed to maximize performance, energy efficiency and cost savings. The Lighting business serves customers in the commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential, utility and other markets.

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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