THS Goes Green with De-Lamping


What is de-lamping?

De-lamping is when one bulb per set of lights is removed. Greg Smith from Energy Optimizers, USA, took a light reading and found that Tipp High School’s hallway lights were above the 50 foot-candles that are required for classrooms and the hallway code is 35. Even after removing the light bulbs the hallways will still be above code.

Energy Optimizers, USA donated the labor to remove the bulbs. It is estimated that about 265 bulbs will be taken out of service. By removing one lamp per light set, the school district will save almost $2,000 in energy cost. By not using 265 light bulbs, that will be an additional estimated savings of $425.


  1. the question then becomes- "Did they save the bulbs for the school to use later, or did they waste money by pitching them?"

    • Good question. We checked with Energy Optimizers, USA and they state that the bulbs were not kept, but were rather safely recycled. I'll have to do some more checking on this but I believe that when the current bulbs blow, they replace with an even more energy efficient type of bulb. More to come.


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