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CHICAGO—The Drake Hotel’s landmark rooftop neon sign will be replaced with environmentally friendly Sloan LED lighting with the help of Olympic Signs of Lombard (Ill.). Licensed by the EPA, Olympic Signs will dispose of the antiquated neon piping that used to adorn the 20-foot “The Drake” sign. Thus, neon’s 70-year run illuminating Lake Shore Drive officially ends.
NEW YORK—Duravit has applied its innovative design sensibility to bathroom lighting with the introduction of its LED mirrors. This feature, now available across a range of classic and newly launched Duravit collections, lends a soft and natural effect to the bathroom, and the even source of light is ideal for grooming and makeup application.
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics introduces PAR20, PAR30 and PAR38 EarthBulb LED floodlights which offer more than 80 percent savings compared to standard floodlights. EarthTronics dimming technology provides smooth dimming to less than 5 percent on standard controls. EarthBulb LED PAR lamps are ideal for use in display lighting, track lighting and recessed lighting applications for hospitality, restaurant, long-term care and retail locations.
MILAN, ITALY—In most offices, hotels or homes, a lot of money is wasted by people simply not turning off the lights when they leave a room. In fact, lights are often accidentally left on overnight, wasting both money and electricity. When one installs a Tolomeo Task Lamp with a motion sensor light switch, it will automatically sense any movement in the room.
SATELLITE BEACH, FLA.—Lighting Science Group Corp. announced the release of the outdoor Coastal Light, designed with amber-colored LEDs to deter sea turtle hatchlings and other wildlife that are sensitive or threatened by light that is not from a natural nighttime source.
LOS ANGELES—American Illumination, Inc., a specialist in designing and creating one-of-a-kind LED light engines, has unveiled their LED GU24 direct replacement lamp. Part of the company’s new Verde Retrofit Series, this new model is one of the few GU24 direct replacement light bulbs available, and is the only one compatible with the GU24 locking ring for simple transitions from CFL to LED.
DETROIT—MGM Grand Detroit has completed the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp retrofit of its 61-acre parking garage. Cited as one of the nation’s largest LED parking garage makeovers, the three-month installation boasts 3,117 LED lamps and will reduce the garage’s annual energy use by 80 percent at the Four Diamond destination resort. “As a property fully committed to the fundamental principles of environmental stewardship, we are proud to complete the LED lamp installation and further minimize MGM Grand Detroit’s energy consumption,” said Steve Zanella, president and COO of MGM Grand Detroit. “Like many of our conservation initiatives, this renovation is a win-win for us and the environment.”
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper announced a new family of lighting control panels developed to support design professionals engineering net zero buildings. The panels allow designers to easily layer multiple control strategies and integrate seamlessly with other building systems to meet the newest energy code requirements and optimize energy management.
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CALIF.—Jeff Lazar and Jim Hesterly announced the launch of a new hospitality lighting supplier, Meadow Lighting, and simultaneously appointed Ken Koneck as vice president to steer the new venture. Meadow Lighting is uniquely positioned to deliver guestroom table and floor lamp portables, as well as hardwired fixtures including wall mounted sconces and small hanging fixtures for lodging.
CHICAGO—More restaurants are exploring LED lights, which use less energy than incandescent bulbs and often qualify for rebates or other incentives. Energy Star, an Environmental Protection Agency program that promotes energy efficiency, estimates LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights.
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