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Andretti Autosport Lighting Case Study

When Andretti Autosport decided that it was time to phase out their older, outdated, fluorescent lighting for new more efficient and brighter LED lighting, they turned to FSG to help get the job done.

By upgrading more than 500 fixtures to LED in the shop areas and business areas of Andretti’s world class preparation facility in Indianapolis, FSG was able to help Andretti Autosport not only realize the energy savings associated with going to LED, but was also able to help Andretti realize and improve the working and showcase environments for staff and visitors alike.

Some of the key numbers related to this project include:

  • 500+ fixtures replaced
  • 60% Energy Reduction
  • $54,625.68, Annual Energy and Maintenance Savings
  • 3 Year Payback

Check out this exciting video highlighting this project.

FSG enjoyed working with Andretti Auto Sport to complete this lighting retrofit project. Check out the Andretti Auto Sport transcript, and learn more about what Andretti had to consider when planning their LED lighting upgrade:

Read the June 2019 Project Spotlight article in TED Magazine (the Electrical Distributor) about the Andretti Auto Sport lighting upgrade:

Andretti Lighting TED Magazine article

Brannon B.:      We’re here at Andretti Auto Sport in Indianapolis, Indiana. This project was a turnkey lighting retrofit project.

Bill White:         Here at Andretti we’re a racing team. Car preparation is what we do. Attention to detail is very important. Lighting affects everything. Preparation is the key to success, and so the more you can up your game in preparation, the more successful you should be.

Bob Ronan:       A lot of the old fluorescent lights were burning out. They were doing a lot of ballast replacement. The electricians here were spending more time on lighting than on their core responsibilities of the job. What we offered was a system that would give them a 10 to 12 year lifecycle hassle free to be able to do what they do best.

Bill White:         The 10 year thing is pretty good because I’m 55 years old. I hopefully have changed my last light bulb.

Bill White:         I wear a lot of hats here. The less time that I have to worry about somebody coming down and saying hey light bulbs are burned out, that’s huge. I’ve got other stuff that I can worry about now.

Brannon B.:      Projects like this are important because it improves the working environment as well as lowers the energy spend.

Bob Ronan:       We’re reducing their lighting energy consumption in the range of about 60% to 70%.

Bill White:         We’ve got over 500 fixtures here in the shop. We’ve got a lot of uneven lighting, old bulbs, new bulbs. We just had an issue looming that we had to take care of. When the opportunity came to switch over here, one of the selling points was this project will pay for itself in the savings.

Bob Ronan:       The systems are integrated with the Daintree Control. The great long term opportunity is that we can start to look at enhancing in their mechanical systems as well as they go down streams.

Brannon B.:      One of the cool things about this project is that every fixture is equipped with a sensor, a motion sensor. We’ve added into the controls the ability for the fixture to dim when there’s no motion, and then to come to full brightness when there is motion. What this does is this adds an extra level of savings for the customer that they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Bob Ronan:       There were definitely some challenges. Certainly when you look at the value of the inventory that they have here, being able to move around their work was a bit of a challenge, but we were able the work with them and communicate effectively area by area.

Bill White:         Every project has issues. The issues that I’ve had, they’ve jumped on it pretty quick.

Bob Ronan:       We’ve learned some lessons along the way in trying to implement this in the best manner for the organization. Being able to innovate and do those types of things for them so that they’re on the road and they’re being efficient is as important as being here and being efficient.

Bob Ronan:       After we initially implemented, I came in about halfway through the warehouses. It was incredible when you look at all the incredible banners they have against the back wall, how some of them were white and some of them were a deep yellow brown. I think that was the most stark difference that you could really see when we started moving forward.

Brannon B.:      FSG has been around for more than 35 years. In those 35 years we’ve had the chance to see technology go from incandescent to halogen, to fluorescent, to LED now. What we’ve seen over the years is that in every advancement in technology things become more efficient, but the ancillary benefits that we aren’t thinking about just seem to grow exponentially. That’s really exciting in a project like this. To be able to deliver to the customer not just a lower cost lighting solution, but to also deliver to the customer a better environment for their employees and their staff. We’re really excited about that here at FSG.

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