AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — When students walk into Bee Cave Elementary on their first day, things may seem a little brighter.
Pruf Energy Solutions is running a pilot program at Bee Cave Elementary that could save big money. Every light bulb in the school is brand new; inside and out.
Instead of 20,000 to 30,000 hour light bulbs, the new bulbs can last 50,000 to 200,000 hours.
It is predicted that the bulbs will cut the school’s energy bill in half.
The CEO of Pruf Energy Solutions, Chris Sadler, said over several years the school should see somewhere around $30,000 a year or more in savings.
“LED lighting brings a lot more crispness to the room, and you’re able to see things more clearly,” Sadler said.
The company will be checking in with the teachers periodically to see if the LED lights have a direct impact on learning.
Teachers will have a button on their badges that allows them to turn to the lights off. When they enter the room the lights will automatically turn on to the brightness each teacher has personally set for their classroom.
Fourth grade teacher, Jenn Monshaugen, said “if I want it to be a certain level I know is comfortable for my students it will turn on to that level.”
If everything goes well, this new technology could be lighting up a lot more schools.