Virginia’s Monitor-Merrimac Tunnel Retrofitted with LiteSheet’s Driverless, No Maintenance LED Luminaires
LiteSheet Solutions roadway and tunnel ETL approved LED retrofit kits saves money, time, energy and lives. The Virginia DOT has moved forward with LiteSheet LED AC-Direct lighting to retrofit the 4.6 mile Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel, north and south bound tunnel bores, that has been using traditional low efficiency, high power HID bulbs and ballasts to light the commute of nearly 3 million drivers each month. This four-lane, dual-tunnel system connects the Virginia Peninsula cities of Newport News and Hampton to the South Hampton Roads cities of Suffolk and Chesapeake.
Over 1500 LiteSheet “easy install” 80W and 160W retrofit kits have been installed in both the north and south bores. The retrofit operation was done seamlessly, at night, with minimum lane closures and little commuter interruption. Because of the LiteSheet fixtures easy “plug and play” installation, only alternative lane closures were necessary at low traffic times with limited traffic disruption.
LiteSheet’s retrofit kits consume 1/3 of the power needed by traditional HID’s. Light levels in the tunnel have increased by 2-3 times resulting in significant improvements in safety particularly in “accident zones” and in the “transition areas of the tunnel” due to improved visibility.
Backed by an industry leading 15-year non-prorated warranty, LiteSheet’s products are manufactured in the USA and deliver 50+ years of life and extreme low maintenance operation.