Mines LED-powered mountainside M unveiled
GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 3, 2008 – Colorado School of Mines students will unveil an improved mountainside monument powered by energy efficient LED bulbs at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the intramural fields on the school’s campus in Golden.
Golden Mayor Jacob Smith will join the celebration and speak about renewable energy and energy conservation. Mines community members will celebrate with cake as the new lights are switched on for the evening.
- The cost to replace the bulbs came in at about $15,500, nearly half what students estimated. Mines’ chapter of Blue Key International Honor Society purchased 800 white, 700 blue/red, 600 green and 200 amber bulbs from Voss Lighting.
- The 0.8 watt bulbs—each comprised of 12 LED's—will use about 5.5 kilowatts per night in place of the 11 kilowatt incandescent bulbs currently in place. Students estimate the annual cost for lighting the M at around $175 per year, down from the current cost of around $2,100.
Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the School has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's resources. For more information about Colorado School of Mines, visit www.mines.edu.