WKYU- PBS: Studio 1 LED Lighting Renovation
One of the most exiting projects of 2010 was the renovation of the television studio at WKYU. The new LED (light emitting diode) lighting system replaced an aging, 40 year old incandescent system that regularly malfunctioned, required expensive specialized bulb replacement, wasted energy, and generated a lot of unnecessary heat. When the time came for replacement of the system, Senior Producer/Director David Brinkley did much research to make sure this new technology was the right choice for WKYU-PBS, and the results speak for themselves.
The LEDs will reduce energy consumption by 97% and last tens of thousands of hours. The bulbs will never need replacement and produce only a very small amount of heat. Most importantly, WKU broadcast production students have the opportunity to use the most innovative lighting technology found in a university television studio.
“We are leading the charge for energy efficiency in television production. Our studio is the only one of its kind at any university campus in the world. It serves as a model for the future generation of media professionals that are educated here,” said David Brinkley in the WKU news release. “Students at WKU now have the opportunity to use and study lights that were prototypes just a few months ago. WKYU-PBS is on the cutting edge of this emerging technology and we plan to showcase this studio model to all facets of the television industry. "
The television studio renovation is one of two initiatives for improving energy efficiency at WKYU in 2010. A switch to a digital transmitter earlier in the year has reduced transmission power consumption by two-thirds, reports Jack Hanes, WKYU’s General Manager.