SECCA Goes Green With a New Lighting System

WINSTON-SALEM – Imagine never having to change another light bulb. That’s just one of the advantages of the newly installed LED (light-emitting diode) lighting at The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive near Wake Forest University, replaced more than 500 lights in public spaces (excluding the galleries and stage lighting) with state-of-the-art LED lights.

Elumenus, a leader in LED replacement lighting and distribution of lighting products that are environmentally friendly, handled the project along with SECCA’s facility manager Mark Graves. The project was privately funded by a grant provided by the John Wesley and Anna Hogin Hanes Foundation.

SECCA is an affiliate of the N.C. Museum of Art, within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

“Our old fluorescent lighting system is being phased out by a federal government energy mandate,” said Graves. “Even if we could get replacement bulbs other parts would be unavailable for us to purchase in case of needed repairs. Replacing the old system with LED lighting makes sense not only for energy savings but the on going maintenance of difficult to access lighting fixtures.”

Some of the advantages of LED lighting are: a very long lamp-life (the warranty promises that these lights will provide 28 years of lighting), the lights burn cooler, the light is crisper, and the light is constant rather than the flickering of florescent tube lighting.

“Another key advantage will be the cost savings,” says Mark Leach, SECCA’s executive director. “We will be using only a quarter of the wattage that we were previously using and thus bringing increased efficiency and lower utility costs.”

In addition to the LED lights inside, SECCA also has solar parking lot lights.

SECCA is open to the public Tuesday – Sunday. Check for hours. Admission to SECCA is free.