James L. Cox

Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Donald W. Smitley


Recent, energy saving improvements in lighting technology have been made involving the use of more efficient lamps, silver coated light reflectors, and electronic light ballasts. Research indicates that it is economically feasible to retrofit existing light fixtures to utilize the advantages of these developments. This process consists of the removal of all standard lamps and ballasts in each light fixture, the installation of a highly refined light reflector and the replacement of the existing lamps with brighter, more efficient ones. Standard magnetic ballasts are exchanged for more efficient electronic ballasts. Resulting is a light fixture that produces a comparable amount of light, generates less heat, and uses much less energy than regular light fixtures. The purpose of this study was to define the cost-versus-savings involved with this type of retrofit as applied to the Westville School District. The district's light fixtures were counted and utility costs were determined for both present, and retrofitted lighting. This study found that a retrofit of this type would be cost effective for the district.