The M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), based in Bangalore, is one of India’s most prestigious educational facilities for engineering. The Institute prides itself on having excellent infrastructure and faculty, with a teacher-student ration of 1:15.
In June 2011 MSRIT instigated a complete lighting retrofit in order to make the Institute a more eco-friendly facility, using eco lighting company Carbon Reduction Technology. Over the course of the installation, over eight thousand internal LED lighting units were fitted in all classrooms and corridors across the facility plus a range of external LED street lights around the Institute.
As a tribute to the Indian nationality of the Institute, the facade of the building was fitted with layered coloured LEDs in orange, white and green to represent the national flag. Each separate colour effect was created by using two hundred and twenty coloured LEDs.
The change from traditional lighting to LEDs was dramatic. LED lights consume considerably less energy, thus providing a significant CO2 saving whilst casting brighter, more uniform illumination. Carbon Reduction Technology incorporates a unique micro-processor into all lighting units, which ensures maximum performance at minimum consumption, whilst lengthening the life of the LED.
The use of this LED technology has enabled the Institute to make a power saving of 70% on external street lighting and 66% on internal lighting. Since the commencement of the installation the Institute has had zero failure on all newly fitted lights and have expressed the intention to extend the use of the e-lamp technology throughout all MSR Institutions. The project is due to be completed in October, 2012.