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ASHRAE Announces New Buildings Conference


ATLANTA—ASHRAE announced its next High Performance Buildings Conference will take place April 7 to 8, 2014, at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. Building upon the 2012 High Performance Buildings Conference and 2009 Net-Zero Energy Conference, the conference seeks to advance the industry’s efforts to accomplish a true high-performance built environment.

Acuity Brands Launches New Fixture-Mount Occupancy Sensor


ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc., a leader in energy-efficient lighting and control solutions, announced the launch of its new LSXR Fixture-Mount Sensor from Sensor Switch. This sensor offers up to four interchangeable lenses and an integrated, adjustable mounting bracket, making it ideal for both high-mount and low-mount lighting control applications.

Drake Hotel Moves to Update Rooftop Signage


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.

Duravit Enhances Mirrored Cabinets with LED Lighting


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.

EarthTronics Expands Offering of Dimmable LED Floodlights


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.

Artemide’s New Task Lamp Includes Motion Sensor


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.

Lighting Science Releases Coastal Light


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.

American Illumination Unveils LED GU24 Replacement Lamp


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.

MGM Grand Detroit Completes One of Nation’s Largest LED Parking Garage Retrofits


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.”

WattStopper Expands Lighting Control Toolbox


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.

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