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Michigan State UniversityMichigan State UniversityInfrastructure Planning and Facilities
a worms eye view of the lighting in the library at night

Photo courtesy of Communications and Brand Strategy


MSU has used a variety of lighting strategies to meet occupant needs while reducing energy consumption. Crews from Infrastructure Planning and Facilities have researched and tested many methods to see which will provide the best solutions. The following lighting strategies are in place at various locations on campus:

  • Fluorescent lighting used in place of incandescent,
  • new lighting technologies such as LED (Light Emitting Diode) and induction lamps,
  • bi-level lighting (either 50% or 100% power),
  • motion/occupancy sensors,
  • replacement of lamps and ballasts for lower wattage and/or more lumens,
  • controls: time-of-day scheduling with timers or through the BAS (Building Automation System), and
  • photocells that monitor the amount of natural light and adjust fixture output from zero to 100% according to brightness.

Campus lighting strategies

This presentation lists the specific techniques being applied at specific locations across campus.

Energy-conscious lighting

Learn about the terminology of lighting metrics, comparisons between types of lighting and Consumers Energy incentive projects performed on campus.