Penn Begins Converting Campus Walkway Lights to LED

October 10, 2011

Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services has begun upgrading approximately 500 existing campus walkway lights to use LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs and new higher efficiency ballasts. The project is one of the first implemented as a result of the Energy Reduction Fund, which was launched in September 2010 as a centralized mechanism to propose, prioritize, and track energy saving projects and energy retrofits for campus buildings. 

Benefits of LED lighting include longevity, improved safety, and energy savings. While the old walkway lights would burn out on average after one year of use, the new LEDs could last up to 10 years or more, in addition to using 75 percent less energy and improving campus safety by decreasing the amount of dark spots on campus due to burnt out lights.

Approximately 250 new LED lights have been installed to date with a more scheduled for completion in the upcoming months.


As of November 2014, 80 offices on Penn’s campus have completed the Green Office Certification program.

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