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Case study: Moravian College

A Colonial College Embraces Lutron Lighting Control

Moravian is a small, residential college founded in 1742—the sixth oldest college in the United States. It is a school steeped in the liberal arts tradition and deeply committed to its students. To strengthen the sense of campus community, the school had long-planned to renovate its Athletic and Recreation Center. Construction involved updating its competition and recreational gyms, and adding a 10,000 square foot fitness center for faculty and students.
The construction plan included a completely refurbished competition gym, new lighting fixtures and controls in both the competition and recreational gyms, and the addition of a 10,000 square foot fitness center for faculty and students.

The Challenge

As part of the overall construction and renovation project, the college identified the need for an energy-efficient lighting retrofit that would allow centralized control and programming of the lighting in all the athletic facilities, and would also deliver significant lighting energy savings. Work had to be done quickly, during the summer break, in order to minimize disruption to the students and the athletic program.

Bright, even lighting is ideal for competition.

The college also wanted a centralized control system for all the lighting in the facility. Using a Lutron Quantum® Total Light ManagementTM system, Moravian was able to monitor and control the lighting in both gymnasiums, as well as the lighting and shade system in the new fitness center. The Quantum system is scalable, and will be easily able to accommodate any future construction and renovation at the school.


Lights and shades adjust automatically throughout the day.

In both gyms, Moravian replaced inefficient, high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting with Lutron High Bay AthliteTM fixtures and digital fluorescent dimming ballasts. The school also installed preset lighting controls, eliminating the guesswork previously used to create the right light level.

With just a touch of a button, the staff was able to prepare the space for sports competitions, guest speakers and other frequently held events.

Fitness Center

In addition to the gymnasium renovations, the field house was expanded to include a beautiful, state-of-the-art fitness center, which overlooks the main quad. The facility had been at the top of student wish lists for years.

Digital dimming technology made it possible to provide flexible lighting controls, and a Lutron automatic shading system helped to minimize glare and heat gain. These simple, yet highly efficient installations reduced the demand on the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and ultimately saved thousands of dollars.


The energy savings—reported via Lutron GreenGlance® energy reporting software—were staggering. Compared to the original HID lighting, the new system has already saved 83 percent of the electric output in the recreational gym and 71 percent in the competition gym. Overall, the system has cut costs by more than $10,000 a year in these areas alone. The college also received a $13,000 utility rebate for the energy-efficient lighting retrofit.

In the new fitness center, which was designed to be highly efficient, Lutron’s dimming and shading technologies have delivered an additional 43 percent savings compared to lighting without dimmers or shades.

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