Skyline at First Hill is a retirement community located in the heart of Seattle, boasting condo-style living with 360-degree views of the downtown and Elliott Bay. As the city’s only Life Care retirement community, Skyline brings together independent living, an urban lifestyle, maintenance-free convenience and  peace of mind.  Life Care provides for assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation.

For this project, Skyline wanted to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs throughout the common areas of their facility, as well as improve the overall appearance of the building. Safety of the residents was one of the other major concerns that needed to be addressed. The south tower of the facility is dedicated to rehab and assisted living, so light levels of these areas need to be closely monitored and maintained. The lighting in the corridors, dining areas, tenant meeting places, and medical rooms consisted of CFL’s, halogens, and T8 lamps. The exterior had a combination of HID and CFL area lighting fixtures that would have been challenging and costly to replace. Upgrading to LED solutions throughout helped eliminate these issues while also addressing the aesthetics of the building.

North Coast Electric partnered with RAB, Sylvania, and Green Creative to offer state of the art lighting solutions that addressed all of the property’s lighting concerns. The common corridors were outfitted with new Swish 2x2 LED troffers. These provided a 100,000 hr rated fixture while reducing the energy consumption dramatically in areas where lights were on 24 hours per day. CFL lamps in wall sconces, downlights, and decorative fixtures were all replaced with a ballast bypass LED lamp. This lamp increased the life expectancy of the fixtures and removed the ballasts, eliminating arguably the most maintenance-heavy component of each fixture. The exterior area lights were retrofitted with a Green Creative LED lamp that would again remove the ballast and increase light levels around the perimeter of the facility to improve safety for the residents. Sylvania LED wall packs were placed on the balconies in place of metal halide wall packs, giving a more modern look.

As a result of this lighting upgrade, Skyline was able to achieve more than 60% reduction in energy costs and a dramatic reduction in maintenance needs. When this savings in maintenance costs is added to the 1.1 year simple payback, this project was profitable nearly on day 1.


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