LED Lighting Retrofit for the C.V. Starr-East Asian Library

Project Lead: Anthony Bum Kim

Sponsor: Environmental Committee/Graduate Assembly, Jeffrey Kessel – PE/Energy Office/Physical Plant, Frank Carter – Electrician/Energy Office/Physical Plant

TGIF Mini-Grant: $600

Project Theme: Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Project Location

2013 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: As part of an energy-efficient equipment upgrade strategy in the C.V. Starr – East Asian Library, the project leader will replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs.


  1. Replace 39 low-efficacy incandescent bulbs with high-efficacy LED ones in the C.V. Starr – East Asian Library.
  2. The modeled life-cycle costing hopes to generate a payback in 126 days and a 10 yr. positive cash flow position of +$51,492.74.

2014 Progress

  • Products purchased and placed on site, waiting for EO Electrician to schedule swap/installation.
  • An LED specification change was made for a couple reasons.
    • Since the proposal of this project was approved, CREE has developed and released a new LED spec. bulb certified by the California Energy Commission; this bulb was designed with a higher color rendition index (CRI) to support the qualitative aspects of lighting.
    • As part of a market campaign this spec. bulb was put on sale from $19.99 to $9.99. The combination of lower initial cost and increased wattage from 9.5 watts to 13.5 wattage has slightly changed the quantitative metrics.
      • Estimated payback changed from: 126 days to 119 days
      • 10 year positive cashflow position changed from: $51,493.74 to $51,274.77
      • Calculated Yearly energy savings (kwh) changed from: 11,950.19 to 11,356.39
      • Calculated yearly GHG reductions (kg Co2e) changed from: 2,473.69 to 2,350.77

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.