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Wireless Environment Debuts SwitchSense Technology


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Wireless Environment, an innovator of LED lighting technology that optimizes performance in off-grid lighting applications, has created a retrofit, backup power source for individual lamps that does not require special wiring. Wireless Environment debuted its new, patented SwitchSense backup power technology at LightFair 2014.

MGM Resorts Recognized for Lighting Innovations


LAS VEGAS—The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign has recognized MGM Resorts International for its dedication to sustainability and energy-efficient lighting. The company was recently honored with two Campaign awards: “Highest Absolute Annual Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Structure” for a major lighting retrofit at MGM Grand Detroit, and “Largest Percentage of Facilities Upgraded (minimum of five facilities)” for MGM Facilities in Michigan and Nevada.

Nora Lighting Introduces Diamond II LED Downlights


COMMERCE, CALIF.—Nora Lighting has introduced the Diamond II Series, the next generation of its LED retrofit downlights with a number of enhanced features. Among the many new updates is a standard 700 lumen level in all 4”, 5”, 6” and 6” adjustable models for improved visual comfort, along with a deep-set 2” diameter light source for uniform appearance and lower aperture brightness.

LEDtronics Rolls Out New LED Exit Light Bulbs


TORRANCE, CALIF—LEDtronics announces the EXLT6-4 Series LED Exit Light Bulbs that present a reliable alternative to conventional T6 incandescent exit-sign tube bulbs. Brighter, longer lasting, more power-efficient and maintenance-free, the EXLT6-4 Series of exit-sign bulbs offers a sensible choice when it comes to replacing energy-hungry, short-lived and breakage-prone old-technology incandescent bulbs.

Wattstopper Launches Optional Neutral Occupancy Sensors


SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper has launched a line of optional neutral occupancy sensors that let installers decide whether or not they need a neutral after they purchase a wall switch product. Because the sensors work for two-wire or three-wire applications, one device is compatible with 2011 NEC requirements and with existing wiring. Unlike competitive products, they require no special configuration, saving time for contractors, preventing miswiring and simplifying ordering.

Scott Miller, Caesars Entertainment Featured in Showtime’s ‘Years of Living Dangerously’


NEW YORK—Hotel sustainability will be in the national spotlight on television beginning May 26 on Showtime. It is then, at 8 p.m. EST, that sustainability consultant Scott Miller will be featured along with Caesars Entertainment Corp. on Showtime’s nine-part series, “Years of Living Dangerously.” The series was produced by executive producers including James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and five others. The show on which Miller appears was produced by Joel Bach and David Gelber. There are 14 correspondents who conduct interviews during the series. Among them are Lesley Stahl, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, and Jessica Alba. Miller was interviewed by Jessica Alba. Miller took an interesting career path leading up to his appearance on the Showtime series.

Mermet Introduces T Screen with KOOLBLACK Technology


COWPENS, S.C.—Mermet USA introduces its new T Screen with KOOLBLACK Technology high-performance shade fabrics. T Screen fabrics with KOOLBLACK Technology combine the superior heat reflectivity of a white fabric with the glare control and crisp-view through of a dark-colored fabric.

Four Seasons Hotel Denver Announces New Green Measures


DENVER—As a company, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has always strived to involve employees and guests in the common goal of preserving and protecting the planet. Mirroring this commitment, Four Seasons Hotel Denver announces new sustainability measures at its property.

GLN Adds The Coconut Group as Directory Partner


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes The Coconut Group as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. The Coconut Group is a direct, bulk supplier of lamp oil and tiki torch fuel to the hospitality industry. The company specializes in unique, high-quality fuels which translate into superior performance and cost savings.

Cree Introduces LED T8 Replacement Tube


DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces a series of LED T8 replacement tubes that gives commercial lighting users reasons to switch to LED lighting and stop using linear fluorescent tubes. The Cree LED T8 Series offers 30 percent energy savings and near-universal driver compatibility. The Cree LED T8 Series is eligible for utility rebates.

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