The stage lights at Higher Ground shine brightly on artists like Wilco, Henry Rollins, Grace Potter, and The Roots. With musical performances several times per week in a building that dates back to the Eisenhower years, the concert venue is finding ways to cut energy costs without missing a beat.
Higher Ground had been relying on a dated stage lighting system installed when the venue first opened in South Burlington in 2004. Aside from the inefficient lighting, a lack of preventative maintenance meant that Higher Ground’s walk-in refrigerators and beverage coolers were operating inadequately. Assistant General Manager Alex Cort worked with Efficiency Vermont to determine which lighting upgrades and maintenance practices could help save operational costs.
Higher Ground has taken on a variety of improvements:
- Installation of 34 LED stage lights and fixtures in the Higher Ground Ballroom
- LED lighting and fixtures throughout the entire 12,500-square-foot building
- A regular cleaning schedule for the walk-in refrigerators and beverage coolers
- Upgrading refrigeration, which is leased from a national brand, with ENERGY STAR® rated equipment
Alex says patrons and bands have appreciated the new stage lighting in the Higher Ground Ballroom. The LED lights change colors electronically, so there is no need for traditional colored gels (thin sheets manually placed in front of lighting fixtures to project color), saving staff time and materials costs. Also, unlike traditional stage lighting, the new lights emit far less heat helping keep musicians cool and comfortable—resulting in high-energy performances and happy customers.