New lights on campus provide saftey, economic boost

BY RICARDO LUJAN JR

This past summer, new LED lights were put in place to replace old lights and help alleviate concerns that the Fort Hays State University campus was not sufficiently lit at night. These concerns were brought up from several sources such as SGA, campus security, Facilities Planning, and the President’s office.

The process of upgrading to new LED lights has been occurring over the past seven summer breaks and was just recently completed this past summer. These new LED fixtures also have allowed FHSU to take control of the cost of the outdoor lighting. 

According to Terry Pfeifer, director of Physical Plant Administration, much of the outside lighting used to be provided by Midwest Energy, who would charge the cost of the lights back to FHSU.

 “It was decided to upgrade all exterior lighting on campus to LED fixtures that are much more economical than the old lighting,” Pfeifer said. 

Pfeifer also said the lights provide more security across campus for both students and staff. 

The project was completed at the perfect time. Students are now returning to campus after the switch to virtual learning last year. Students will now be able to see our campus during the day and night thanks to the new lights.

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