Between its soon-to-be revamped Skydome Room and brand new Motorsports Park, the National Corvette Museum has received some serious upgrades in 2014. The museum, situated directly across from the Bowling Green Assembly plant, has now undergone even more improvements after replacing all the lights in its three parking lots with brighter, more efficient LED lights.
The NCM said it wanted to upgrade to LEDs to improve the quality and color of the parking lot’s lighting, to have better control over lighting energy use and to improve the safety of the lot. The 17 10000W metal halide light fixtures were replaced with 17 240W LED luminaries, while another 27 400W metal halide fixtures were all replaced with 120W LEDs.
The more efficient LED luminaries “provide consistent light levels for the entire parking lot, reduced hazardous waste disposal and provide dramatically more efficient light distribution than the metal halide fixtures,” according to the NCM. The new fixtures will save the museum approximately $9,300 annually in energy expenses and another $2,000 that would be spent maintaining and repairing the halide lights.
Bowling Green’s local utility company, Tennessee Valley Authority, provided $9,350 in incentives for the NCM to install the lights. The move is part of the NCM’s initiative to enhance energy conservation and lessen its carbon foot print over the next few years.
“The energy efficient lighting allows us to drive down operating expenses, present our cars and exhibits in the best light, and contribute to the greening of our community,”said Bob Hellmann, the NCM’s facilities manager. “We installed the LED luminaires and the more efficient fluorescent lights because they pay back in so many ways and it’s the right thing to do.