Lakeshore Building

Project Summary

One of Detroit's historical landmarks is now also one of Detroit's most energy efficient, thanks in part to LED lighting from Lumerica and its manufacturing partner TOGGLED.

Located in downtown Detroit, the 8 story Lakeshore Building was originally constructed in 1910, and served as Ford Motor Company's Sales and Service facility until 1913. After being occupied by Wayne County and that State of Michigan in various capacities for decades, the building was purchased and renovated by Lakeshore Engineering Services in 2005. Almost a decade later, building ownership decided it was time to address lighting, which in some areas hadn't been touched in 40 years.

The vast majority of the project involved replacing almost 10,000 four foot fluorescent T12 and T8 tubes with LED tubes manufactured by TOGGLED. After doing so, the Lakeshore Building is realizing almost $125,000 per year in electricity savings, in addition to an estimated $30,000 per year in maintenance. And with an average rated life of 50,000 hours, that means the LED tube retrofits operating 12 hours per day will last an average of 11 years before requiring replacement.

"We've invested a significant amount of resources to make the Lakeshore Building a model for making older buildings energy-efficient. Lumerica played a very important part in helping us reach this goal. It's nice to have a Detroit-area manufacturer support us."
– Hema Rachmale, Lakeshore Building owner and operator

Lights Installed

Key Benefits


  • Reduced lighting electricity consumption by 70% saving $125,000 annually
  • Reduced maintenance costs by over $30,000 annually

Light Quality

  • Matched or exceeded existing light levels


  • 1 Year
  • 11+ Years to first maintenance


  • Tenant satisfaction
  • Operating costs