This year’s energy crisis has caused energy-efficient retrofits for many buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Among them is Spokane, Wash.’s Garland Theater, a historic, art deco-styled building. MaxLite, a manufacturer and marketer of fluorescent lighting, was hired to work with lighting professionals to convert the theater’s lighting.

The Pine Brook, N.J.-based company converted all the lighting except the neon lights and marquee in front of the theater. The project cut the theater’s energy bills in half, and reduced the theater’s overall electric consumption by two-thirds.

“The conversion of this landmark building is the first step in the planned retrofit of an entire city district to MaxLite products,” says Yon Sung, MaxLite CEO. “Some 320 units, comprising six different styles of MaxLite fluorescents were utilized in the project. We are very happy with the results.”