Hill County - Hillsboro - Lighting Retrofit


Looking for ways to save energy costs and become more environmentally sustainable, the government of Hill County, Texas, just south of Dallas, applied for and was awarded a State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Funds were allocated to replace older, inefficient conventional lighting with Ringdale ActiveLED lighting at a variety of county buildings – the Hill County Courthouse, the Hill County Sheriff’s Office and the Men’s and Women’s Correctional Facilities. The courthouse project included replacing high pressure sodium (HPS) flood lights at 250 watts each on the exterior of the building with 52-watt ActiveLED Flood Lights. For this project, special permission was granted by the Texas Historical Commission to meet historical standards on the courthouse, which has stood in its present location since 1890.

Other projects included converting 150-watt HPS light bulbs in existing post-top retrofits outside the Law Enforcement Center with 30-watt ActiveLED Retrofits and 250-watt HPS lights in the Men’s Correctional Facility gymnasium with 78-watt ActiveLED High Bay Round fixtures. The lighting renovation was conducted by ActiveLED reseller Solar Wind Technologies of Allen, Texas.


“We are very impressed with the light quality coming from the ActiveLED fixtures,” said Hill County Chief Deputy Girsh. “Unlike the old lights, the ActiveLED fixtures provide a crisper, more uniform light with softer shadows.” It was estimated that the county will realize energy savings of $8,000 annually as well as additional savings on maintenance. “We look forward to passing on the cost savings to our taxpayers,” Girsh said.