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WattStopper Adds Two Digital Lighting Control Devices


SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper has launched two Digital Lighting Management control devices that offer design professionals cost effective solutions for managing energy efficient lighting controls in partitioned spaces. Adding just one device to spaces including ballrooms, meeting rooms or training rooms with movable walls enables efficient manual or automatic response when the space is reconfigured.

Telkonet to Introduce EcoCentral Virtual Engineer


MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., whose complementary business divisions include EcoSmart, an intelligent energy management technology solution and EthoStream, one of the largest high-speed Internet access providers in the world, will be introducing and demonstrating its new EcoCentral Virtual Engineer cloud-based command center at HITEC 2013. HITEC, the world’s largest hospitality and technology event, is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis from June 25 to 27.

Online Retailer Expands Product Line


BALTIMORE—, an online retailer that features a large selection of light bulbs, has just added eco-friendly lighting products to its website.

ZENO Controls, ILLUMRA Collaborate on Lighting, HVAC Solution


BUFFALO, N.Y.—Collaboration between technology partners Zeno Controls LLC and ILLUMRA has resulted in the development and release of a new hotel network solution called InnPoint. The new software/hardware configuration is designed to remotely facilitate the control of room lighting, heating and cooling for improved energy savings.

LEDtronics Reveals Latest Line of LED Bulbs


TORRANCE, CALIF.—LEDtronics, Inc. announces the newest members in its series of high-brightness, energy-efficient LED replacements for PAR38-style floodlight bulbs. The LED PAR38-style floodlight bulb is ideal for commercial applications, facilities, plant, hotels and resorts.

Mighty Bright to Debut LED Task, Floor Lights at NeoCon


SANTA BARBARA—Mighty Bright, designer and manufacturer of LED lighting products, will unveil three new LED task and floor lights designed for corporate workplaces, hospitality environments, and residential interiors markets at NeoCon 2013, June 10 to 12, 2013, at The Merchandise Mart, Chicago.

Xanterra Leading Ohio State Park Lodges Down Road to Sustainability


CAMBRIDGE, OHIO—On a day very soon Ohio State Park Lodges will be buying most of the food served in its restaurants from sustainable sources, generating zero hazardous waste and significantly decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. At least that is the goal for five Ohio State Park Lodges operated by concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “Our sustainability practices permeate every aspect of our operations—rooms, restaurants, gift shops, swimming pools, marinas—you name it, and as new technologies and products become available, we take a fresh look at what we are doing to see if we can improve upon it,” said Greg Woodland, regional manager of Ohio State Park Lodges and Punderson State Park Lodge in northeast Ohio near Newbury, Ohio. “And although we have made significant progress over a period of many years, we know there are always more improvements to be made. We take our mission of providing legacy hospitality with a softer footprint very seriously.” An example of Xanterra’s expanding sustainability strategies can be found in the five lodges.

Ellerman House on Road to Becoming Cape Town’s Greenest Boutique Hotel


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Ellerman House has launched an initiative to become Cape Town’s most eco-friendly boutique hotel. Through newly implemented green projects such as solar panels, LED light bulbs, heat pumps, earthworm farms and recycling systems, the property aims to be Cape Town’s leader in eco-friendly luxury hospitality by September 2013. In order to measure the carbon footprint for the entire property, including the main house, villas, spa, art gallery and all administrative housing and offices, Ellerman House hired an energy efficiency company, BrightBlack, as a consultant and to administer extensive energy testing. The staff at Ellerman House began taking energy-reducing steps immediately, beginning with the installation of energy-efficient and motion-sensor activated LED lights.

NRA Teams Up with North American LED


WASHINGTON, D.C.—In its continuing effort to educate operators about sustainability and how best to reduce operating costs in restaurants, the National Restaurant Assn. has teamed up with North American LED, an energy-efficient lighting products supplier, to offer light emitting diode, or LED lighting solutions, to the restaurant industry at discounted prices.

SWITCH Extends Warranty on A-Lamps


SAN JOSE, CALIF.—SWITCH Lighting, makers of the only family of liquid-cooled LED replacement A-Lamps, announced extensions of warranties on some of its products. The residential warranty is being extended to a lifetime warranty and the commercial warranty is being extended to a five year warranty for SWITCH’s LED A-Lamps, including: SWITCH40, SWITCH60, SWITCH75, SWITCH100, and the newest product, the SWITCH3-Way.

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