A Wisconsin packaging plant was recently able to increase ambient light in its five facilities while reducing energy consumption, thanks to the installation of a new lighting system. The project to retrofit 820 existing fixtures at Warren Industries, Racine, Wis., began as an effort to reduce energy costs. However, the plant found that the new fixtures it chose could also improve light output in the facilities.

The lights from Orion Lighting and Energy Services, Plymouth, Wis., recently won Wisconsin’s Spirit of Ecology Award. David Namowicz, president of Warren Industries, says the improved color-rendering made possible by the fixtures is important for a facility like his. “We are a finisher for printers, and our new energy-efficient lighting assures that the colors in our facilities are more vivid,” he says.

The project was another in the state’s Focus on Energy Program.