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STAMFORD, CONN.—Officials of the Sheraton Stamford Hotel recently announced the completion of the hotel’s next step to achieving its sustainable goals to improve environmental efficiencies that help the hotel as well as its community. The Sheraton Stamford Hotel just completed a $200,000 project, in which they upgraded their lighting to LED throughout the hotel. According to a study from the Connecticut Energy Efficient Fund, over the life of the fixtures, the hotel’s increase in LED usage will have saved an estimated 7,412,770.00 kWh. This is equivalent to 3,755,988 pounds of coal not burned, 308,755 gallons of oil not burned, or 882 homes supplied with electricity for one year. “Savings add up fairly quickly,” said Mike Bennett, General Manager, Sheraton Stamford Hotel. “When we use less energy, there’s less energy we have to buy, and that means less waste and more savings.” By reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful environmental pollutants, this one project will also help reduce air pollution and improve air quality in Connecticut and the Northeast region.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Generating significant reductions in energy costs and power consumption for the hospitality market, MaxLite introduces the Wet-Listed Marquee LED Lamp. The 2.5-watt LED lamp is ETL wet-listed and designed to replace inefficient incandescent and cold-cathode fluorescent (CCFL) lamps for outdoor signage applications at hotels, casinos, restaurants, resorts and amusement parks.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF.—Littman Brands Contract announces an established global contract and hospitality division offering one lighting resource that encompasses their three leading decorative lighting brands. This integrated (project sales, service and support) division provides a seamless and easy way for designers, architects and product procurement managers to specify lighting solutions for commercial, hotel, resort and multi-unit projects by offering the latest in lighting fashion and design across Hudson Valley Lighting, Troy Lighting and Corbett Lighting.
The evolution of LED lighting has been impressively swift. Just a few years ago, LEDs were being discounted in hotel guestrooms due to the harsh light and high price point. These small semiconductor chips that efficiently convert electricity into light were fine for always-on lobby lighting, but too expensive and unattractive for in-room placement. My, how times have changed. Prices are plummeting, education is rising and ambience is in the forefront of manufacturer’s minds. And while LEDs are still more expensive up front than the other options, the long term energy savings combined with long life and low maintenance make it hard to find an argument against LED light bulbs. The Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Ark. learned this lesson. Retrofitting a building constructed in 1886 with LED lighting is undoubtedly a daunting task, but with estimated savings of 69 percent on interior lighting costs, equaling roughly $158,000 over the lifetime of the lights, owner Jack Moyer was keen to dive in.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper, a leader in energy-efficient lighting controls, recently announced expansion of its Birmingham, Ala. office, adding new positions to support commercial building control projects throughout the United States and Canada.
HARVEY, ILL.—Litetronics introduces its LED Omni A-19, a replacement for 40 or 60 watt incandescent bulbs with 80 percent energy savings. The Omni A-19 is designed to meet the new, more stringent V2.0 Energy Star requirements for omni-directional beam angles, effective this month. LED Omni A19 produces even light output in all directions.
TORONTO—Aerelight Design, a product design studio focused on developing innovative OLED-enabled lighting, announced the aerelight desk lamp. Powered by an advanced energy-efficient OLED light panel, the aerelight lamp provides a warm, natural light source unlike that of a traditional lamp or overhead light.
COMMERCE, CALIF.—Switching out incandescent downlights to energy efficient LEDs does not mean sacrificing quality of light with new Diamond II 90+ Series LED retrofit downlights from Nora Lighting. Designed for both commercial and residential installations, Nora’s high-CRI, high-lumen fixtures (NLEDC and NLEDR Series) have medium base sockets that are as easy to install as screwing in a lamp—no tools are required.
LOS ANGELES—Energy and environmental enthusiasts are increasingly calling businesses to take green action and implement sustainable initiatives. Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is continuing to make great strides and is one of the few Green Seal Silver certified environmentally conscious lodging facilities in California. The hotel executives understand sustainability as the ability to meet present needs without comprising that of future generations.
ATLANTA—Havells USA announces its next generation of LED lighting. Its wide range of LED retrofits are safe, attractive and energy efficient. With up to 111 lumens per watt, they are approximately 10 times more efficient than their incandescent or halogen counterparts.
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