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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
NEW YORK—MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Delos, a real estate developer, have decided to expand Stay Well, their wellness hotel room concept. After a positive guest response and growing demand since launching in October 2012, Stay Well at MGM Grand is quadrupling its Stay Well room count from 42 to 171 rooms and suites, encompassing the entire 14th floor of the hotel’s main tower. “The success of the Stay Well rooms exemplifies the large consumer demand and appetite for a healthier, wellness-oriented travel experience,” said Delos founder Paul Scialla. “We are thrilled to expand the Stay Well experience within MGM Grand and look forward to introducing Delos’ latest and most advanced health and wellness designs to guests.” Unveiled in 2012 at MGM Grand, Stay Well by Delos is the first of its kind to integrate medical science and technology into a hotel experience that optimizes and supports guests’ health and well-being. “The feedback we’ve received from our guests since launching Stay Well by Delos has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Scott Sibella, president and COO of MGM Grand.
DANVERS, MASS.—Osram Sylvania is offering a full portfolio of Sylvania ULTRA 25 LED lamps that offer energy and cost savings and a 2500K color temperature. The ULTRA 25 LED portfolio includes lamp types most often found in ambient, accent and decorative luminaires in hospitality settings such as B10, B13, BR40, PAR20, PAR30 and MR16 lamps.
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