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Public garages tend to be a little spooky, full of harsh shadows. So DePaul University hopes students and faculty are noticing a difference in the lighting at their Sheffield parking garage on its Lincoln Park campus, where the old 210-watt metal halide lights have been replaced with 90-watt LEDs.

The new lights use 60 percent less energy than the old lights and require no bulb replacements for about six years, according to DePaul. DePaul couldn't provide the cost of the change, but the university expects to make back its investment in three years. The lights are also supposed to provide more uniform light and increase visibility.

The lights are a product of EvoLucia, the lighting division of Sunovia Energy in Sarasota, Florida.

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