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Cree LMH2 Module Delivers Sunset Dimming Experience


DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces the LMH2 LED Module with sunset dimming—Cree’s dimming technology that provides a dimming experience similar to incandescent lighting. The new module enables a natural dimming profile that was previously unachievable with any other energy-saving technology.

Acuity Brands Expands P Series LED Downlights Family


ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc. has extended its line of P Series LED Downlighting Modules from Lithonia Lighting. The family now features 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch LED modules that deliver an expected service life of 46 years for a wide range of applications.

Lighting the Hotel of the Future--Where Technology is King


NATIONAL REPORT—Retina scans, robot room service and rooms that reconfigure themselves? Here today, coming tomorrow, and no, it’s not science fiction if nanotechnology has its way. In the hotel of the future, technology is king, and what it means to guests—and even to lighting—means everything. While “dream machines” will have to wait, the evolution of the hotel environment is already underway. Mobile Millennials and still-bustling Boomers are driving the demands of 2020, starting with the power to evoke the comforts of home. As personal control and customization becomes commonplace, matching service to a memorable stay will become imperative to appealing to tomorrow’s traveler. At the same time, this sensory experience must satisfy guests’ environmental sensibilities—appreciated today, responsible business operations are assumed tomorrow. Escalating energy standards will likewise challenge operators to achieve greater efficiency from smarter buildings. Throughout the hotel of the future, from suites to meeting rooms to common areas—everywhere technology and customers collide—there too is lighting, and with it, the opportunity to create environments and craft experiences that capture the imagination of tomorrow’s traveler.

EarthTronics Now Offering 10 Watt LED Floodlight


MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics is now offering its 10 watt BR30 EarthBulb LED floodlight to provide 685 lumens with a 110 degree beam angle for full radial illumination and the capability of dimming to less than 5 percent.

Green Lodging News Adds GE Lighting as Founding Sponsor


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes GE Lighting as a Founding Sponsor. GE Lighting offers next-generation, energy-efficient lighting and intelligent devices for the hospitality industry. GE Lighting partners with hospitality professionals to create lighting plans that get the most out of every space. The company’s comprehensive portfolio allows customers to maximize energy savings, minimize maintenance and add to LEED credits.

Cree Earns Energy Star for Soft White LED Bulbs


DURHAM, N.C.—As part of its ongoing mission to drive 100 percent adoption of LED lighting, Cree, Inc. has earned Energy Star qualification for its soft white Cree LED Bulbs. Energy Star qualification signifies these Cree LED Bulbs now qualify for incentive rebates through certain local utilities. Not only do the Energy Star qualified Cree LED Bulbs look and light like traditional incandescent bulbs, use 84 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than typical incandescents, but now they will be even more affordable in select markets with utility rebates.

Acuity Manufacturing Facility Achieves Zero Landfill Certification


ATLANTA—The Acuity Brands, Inc. Carlisle, Penn. manufacturing and distribution center has achieved zero landfill status, as certified by Link International, a California-based full-service waste and recyclable commodities company. This is the second Acuity Brands manufacturing and distribution site to operate as a zero landfill plant. Waste generated by the Carlisle plant is now recycled or composted.

MaxLite Expands Roster of LED PAR30, PAR38 Lamps


WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—MaxLite, a global manufacturer and marketer of the MaxLED line of energy-efficient luminaires and lamps, has expanded its line of LED PAR30 and PAR38 lamps with the addition of new styles, beam angles and color temperatures. The LED PAR lamps are ideal for retrofitting recessed and other lighting fixtures used in architectural, residential, retail, office, hospitality and commercial applications.

Radisson Blu Mall of America: a Green Star in the Gopher State


BLOOMINGTON, MINN.—The 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America was green out of the gate when it opened in March this year just next to the bustling 520-store Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. A highly energy efficient building, typical of all new Radisson Blu properties, it is on its way to be the first hotel in Minnesota to achieve LEED certification. While the hotel is the second Radisson Blu in the United States, all future hotels will strive for LEED certification. “Why would we do it any other way?” says Ted Lorenzi, Senior Director of Technical Services, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “Building in the most energy efficient and sustainable way possible just makes good business sense and keeps our guests comfortable and happy.”

LRC Video Instructs on LED Selecting, Installing


TROY, N.Y.—The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently released an interactive video that offers guidance about selecting and installing LED lighting. The video was designed for contractors, builders, electricians, and others who professionally install LED lighting. Topics include product selection, advantages and challenges of LED products, economic calculations, installation tips, and links to other available resources.

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