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Peerless Introduces Edge-Lit Vellum Luminaires


BERKELEY, CALIF.—Peerless, a leading designer and manufacturer of architectural luminaires and one of the innovative lighting companies under the Acuity Brands umbrella, announces the release of Vellum linear suspended LED luminaires. The product is well suited for use in commercial offices, retail spaces, academic institutions, as well as hospitality and healthcare settings.

After the Incandescent Light Bulb, What’s Next?


COOPERSBURG, PA.—Under a little-known requirement that went into effect at the beginning of this year, the last of the “general service” incandescent bulbs—descendants of the original light bulb invented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1879— can no longer be manufactured or imported into the United States.

Cornell’s Statler Hotel Earns Good Earthkeeping Award


ITHACA, N.Y.—The Statler Hotel at Cornell University received the 2014 Good Earthkeeping Award, the greenest award bestowed by the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association. The award recognizes the Statler, which has developed a culture of integrating superior environmental management practices. The honor was given March 3 in Albany, N.Y., at the association’s 2014 Stars of the Industry Gala and Awards Banquet. “This is a very prestigious award, and all of our staff and our student-employees are very proud to have earned it,” says Rick Adie, the general manager of the Statler. “Our initiatives align with the university goals established by President David Skorton. We are very serious about protecting the environment. Here at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, we teach our students state-of-the-art, exemplary business practices, and in doing so, we’re keeping the Earth.”

ThinkLite Completes LED Tube Lighting Retrofits


NATICK, MASS.—Despite the recent stormy weather in New England, two Boston-area tennis clubs are seeing things a bit brighter these days. That’s because ThinkLite recently retrofit their existing fluorescent lights with new ThinkLite high output LED tube lighting.

Cree Introduces Self-Programming Lighting Control System


DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces SmartCast Technology, a self-programming wireless lighting control system that reduces energy consumption by more than 70 percent at half the cost of traditional lighting controls. According to Cree, luminaires enabled with Cree SmartCast Technology remove the initial and ongoing complexity associated with lighting controls.

Litetronics Releases Improved Neolite Miniature CFL Lamps


ALSIP, ILL.—Litetronics introduces its new, improved Neolite Miniature CFL lamps that are more energy efficient and shorter than previous models. With redesigned T2 glass spiral tops and new micro ballasts, these latest Neolite lamps are on average 15 percent brighter while reducing their maximum overall length by 8 percent.

Cireon Completes Lighting Project for Universal CityWalk


MOORPARK, CALIF.—Jim Dilbeck, General Manager of Cireon, announced that his LED systems manufacturing company recently completed a major outdoor lighting project for Universal CityWalk Hollywood at Universal Studios, Hollywood. Completed in conjunction with Tako Tyko, Signs & Lighting of Los Angeles, the parking lot project encompassed 600 parking spots and a footprint of more than 70,000 square feet.

WattStopper Adds Line of Wireless Occupancy Sensors


SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper has introduced a new line of wireless occupancy sensors in response to customer requests for more choices to manage energy. The radio frequency (RF) products make it easy and cost effective to install code-compliant controls in existing buildings, or wherever wired occupancy sensors aren’t the best fit. The product line includes dual relay controls not available from other manufacturers, as well as time-saving functionality.

Acuity Introduces ACP Series LED Floodlights


GRANVILLE, OHIO—Acuity Brands, Inc. introduces ACP Series LED floodlights from American Electric Lighting that save up to 60 percent in energy costs, while cutting maintenance by as much as 50 percent compared to a metal halide floodlight. Sustainable solution ACP1LED and ACP2LED luminaires also reduce CO2 emissions by up to 60 percent while providing a service life of more than 20 years.

Green Lodging News Adds EverGlow as Founding Sponsor


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes EverGlow NA, Inc. as a Founding Sponsor. EverGlow manufactures code approved photoluminescent exit signs and egress path markings. High performance glow in the dark signs and markings can help one reduce inspection and maintenance costs. Without compromising the life safety of guests and staff, EverGlow (non-electrical) photoluminescent exit signs can be used to replace electrical exit signs.

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