Great Alabama Bulb Swap Coming to UA Campus

UA’s department of energy management is partnering with Alabama Power Company this fall to bring the Great Alabama Bulb Swap to the UA campus.

UA students living on campus and UA faculty and staff are invited to the Ferguson Center Plaza on Sept. 21 to switch out their old light bulbs for new, energy-efficient LED bulbs donated by Alabama Power.

“We appreciate this collaboration with the University to present energy efficiency to the next generation of consumers on how they can make a difference in energy consumption and help the campus efforts to improve,” said Mark Crews, vice president of Alabama Power’s Western Division. “Even small changes like changing to LED bulbs can make a difference in overall energy usage, so we are excited about this initiative and hope students, faculty and staff take advantage of this opportunity.”

LED bulbs, short for light emitting diodes, have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours compared to 8,000 hours for compact fluorescent and 1,200 hours for incandescent bulbs. In addition to a longer lifespan, LED bulbs also use less wattage and conserve more energy.

“The UA Facilities and Grounds Department is continuously searching for new technology and strategies that will help us reduce energy consumption on campus. This project, which allows our campus community to exchange their incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs, reduces energy consumption by 85 percent,” said Duane Lamb, associate vice president of Facilities and Grounds. “Participation by students, faculty and staff in our campus energy conservation projects is key to our continued success of leading the nation as one of the top energy-efficient campuses.”

Volunteers from the department of energy management will be on hand to collect bulbs and give out new ones between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

In order to receive an LED bulb, students, faculty and staff must live or work on campus, present an Act Card and provide the name of the on-campus residence where they live or work. Supplies are limited to two LED bulbs per person.

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Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE:SO), provides affordable, reliable electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across the state. Learn more at

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