San Diego State University Selects Lithonia Lighting RTLED for First LED Lighting Project

The university installed more than 80 Lithonia Lighting RTLEDs for general ambient lighting

San Diego State University took the first step toward LED lighting by installing Lithonia Lighting RTLED in a new 215-person lecture hall. This is the first LED lighting project the university completed as a long-term solution to reduce energy, reduce costs, and achieve sustainability.

San Diego State University Architect Jeffrey Herr had no apprehension leading San Diego State University into its first major LED lighting project. “LEDs are being used effectively in other industries and markets, and I was confident in the technology,” says Herr.

San Diego State University installed more than 80 Lithonia Lighting RTLEDs for general ambient lighting and 30 DOM8 LEDs for downlighting. To support the LED lighting, the university specified Acuity Brands Lighting controls as part of the system.

Though his expectations were high for the LED lighting, Herr admits he was impressed the first time the lecture hall was lit with the new RTLED lighting system. “We honestly didn’t know what to expect," Herr confesses. "The first day we turned on the lights 100%, they were so bright it was astounding. We were all in awe.”

RTLED is a high-quality, volumetric recessed luminaire that delivers ambient white light throughout an entire space while reducing energy costs, maintenance costs, and a building’s environmental footprint. Powered by an advanced Samsung LED light engine, RTLED delivers a 50,000 hour system life and a superior lighting environment: high color rendering (80+ CRI), 3,500K color temperature, and full range dimming with 0-10V DC control.

RTLED is available nationwide for new installations through Lithonia Lighting agents. For more information visit

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