EIA Retrofits Lighting in Historic New York City Church

EIA Retrofits Lighting in Historic New York City Church


Expected Energy Savings to Exceed $10,000 Annually


Contact: Mr. Matthew Orent (646-827-1233) press@eia.us

NEW YORK, NY (February 11, 2014) – EIA, Inc., a national leader in networked systems integration and energy efficiency has completed a total retrofit of lighting inside the historic 100 year old Church of the Blessed Sacrament, one of New York City’s historic Roman Catholic churches.


Inside the nave with its 90 foot gothic-arched ceilings and chain-hung decorative gold chandeliers, EIA converted the incandescent lamps to high-efficiency LEDs, offering an instant technology upgrade, which will immediately reflect as an instant drop in the monthly electric bill. Economical, efficient and environmentally friendly, the newly installed directional and non-directional LED retrofit lamps will save customers on maintenance, and they have a lifetime up to 25x longer than traditional incandescent lamps.

The church’s lighting retrofit was managed on behalf of the church by Jim Henderson, a parishioner, and Sustainability Consultant with Riverside Energy Solutions. Jim said, “The driving force of this upgrade was to lower the energy costs of our church, while improving the overall lighting aesthetics of the interior spaces.” He added, “The 500+ new lamps have a substantially longer lifespan which will save on long term labor and replacement costs.”

Matthew Orent, EIA’s Director of Sales and Marketing said, “With a retrofit operation like this, the church has reduced its annual energy usage by 67,000 kilowatt hours—that should equate to over $10,000 in savings a year.”


Church of the Blessed Sacrament was modeled after a 13th century French church. It was constructed one hundred years ago when Manhattan's Upper West Side was still a rural countryside. Today, the 1914 structure remains on 71st Street off Broadway, yet is almost completely obscured by modern residential buildings. This retrofit is one of several in which EIA has completed on historical buildings., others have included sites on the National Register of Historic Places, the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.


EIA provides robust infrastructure solutions to customers in the government and private sectors, and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. EIA is a certified member of the Con Edison ‘Green Team’ and ‘Market Partner Network,’ which can assist Con Edison customers in attaining energy savings that result in lower monthly electric bills.