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Why does CFCC run its parking deck lights all night?

Brandy Bryant

Cape Fear Community College operates this parking deck on Third Street. StarNews photo by Si Cantwell.

Q. I have noticed that the lights are on 24/7 in the new parking decks at CFCC. Since these decks are basically not used at this time, I was curious if CFCC (or the managing entity) had a energy usage program in effect. Seems like a very real waste that is easy to correct.

A. According to David Hardin, Cape Fear Community College Public Information Officer, the lights in the parking deck are kept on until 10 p.m. for safety reasons.

“Our classes run until 10 p.m., so the lights stay on until that time for students and faculty. After that, they stay on to deter vandalism or other unwanted activity,” says Hardin.

Running off of photocell sensors, the lights are programmed to dim and get brighter depending on the availability of natural sunlight.

“On very sunny days, daylight is enough to provide natural light inside the deck so no lights are needed,” says Hardin. “On cloudy days and at night, more light is needed to provide acceptable light levels so the lights adjust accordingly.”


How much will the 2 CFCC parking decks downtown cost to construct once completed?

Will the new CFCC parking decks downtown be available for public use at any times?

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