Project Description


Owens & Minor, a FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is the leading distributor of medical and surgical supplies to the acute-care market and a leading provider of healthcare supply-chain management solutions.

Owens & Minor was looking for a lighting upgrade that would improve lighting levels while prioritizing a rapid return on investment and high annual energy savings.

Contracting with IES to develop a solution to meet these priorities, a lighting strategy was engineered and installed that increased lighting levels by 100% while reducing energy expenses by an estimated 80% annually.

The New Lighting Design

Owens & Minor was looking for a comprehensive LED lighting project which would include the replacement of all warehouse highbay lighting as well as all office fluorescent and incandescent fixtures with a high efficiency, long life LED lighting solution.

IES replaced (220) 400W MH Highbay fixtures with (220) 115W LED Highbay fixtures in the warehouse.  We also retrofitted (160) 4L 2×4 T8 Troffers with a new 55W LED Troffer Reflector Kit and (15) 32WCFL Downlights with a new 25W LED Downlight.

The selected technology more than doubled lighting levels in the warehouse and dramatically increased lighting levels in office areas.

Coupled with a 2-Year Labor and 7-Year Equipment Warranty, Owens & Minor will experience additional maintenance savings.

Controls Strategy

The lighting controls strategy leverages the Wattstopper FSP-211 HI/LO dimming sensor and Meanwell dimming driver.

To maximize energy savings, sensor settings for the aisles and loading dock area capped lighting levels at an average of 15FC (80% of rated power).  In unoccupied mode, the sensors dim lighting levels to 30% after 5 minutes and turn the fixture off after an additional 10 minutes.

The Wattstopper FSP-210 uses a handheld infrared remote control for future set-point changes for further customization based on task requirements and facility operational demands.

Economic Results

The new LED Lighting system is expected to generate over $97,000 in annual energy savings and should see a simple payback in 9 months after receipt of the $33,000 incentive from the NJ Smart Start Program.