By Drew Johnson
Friday, Jul 5th, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
 
General Motors' Lordstown, Ohio, plant - which produces the Chevrolet Cruze - has made the switch to an all-LED lighting system in order to cut emissions and reduce overall operating costs.
GM announced on Friday that it has converted the Lordstown plant's existing 1,611 conventional lighting elements to 1,246 LED solid-state lighting fixtures. The switchover will cut GM's lighting bill by 84 percent while reducing the plant's annual CO2 emissions by 8,500 metric tons.

Moreover, the LED lights are expected to operate maintenance-free for 150,000 hours, which should further help GM's purse strings.

"We saw this project as a great opportunity not only to enhance lighting in our facility and realize significant annual energy and maintenance savings, but also to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint as a company and help General Motors continue to be a leader in innovative, green technology solutions," said Steve Rhoades, Lordstown Complex manufacturing engineering director.

The switch to LEDs also allowed GM to install a wireless control system, which can program the lights to follow a specific production schedule or dim some lights during break times.

The move is part of GM's goal to reduce energy consumption at its plants by 20 percent by 2020.