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According to industry experts, lighting accounts for up to 35 percent of a hotel’s energy bill. Fluorescents, light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures and other products all provide significant savings. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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According to industry experts, lighting accounts for up to 35 percent of a hotel’s energy bill. Fluorescents, light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures and other products all provide significant savings. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

LaFonda on the Plaza Hotel Named ‘Sustainability Champion’ in Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence

SANTA FE, N.M.—La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel has been named “Sustainability Champion” in the Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide 2018 Awards of Excellence. Each year, the Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices in multiple categories. The winners were chosen from more than 200 nominees. “Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “These 2018 winners represent more than 400 years of history and include the finest legendary and iconic historic...

Ecosense Acquires Lumium Lighting

LOS ANGELES—Ecosense, a fast-growing LED technology company, announced that it has acquired Lumium Lighting. Lumium Lighting is a privately owned, Calif.-based lighting company that specializes in the design and development of architectural linear lighting. Ecosense and Lumium both share similar values, development and innovation philosophies. This acquisition allows Ecosense to expand its presence in the architectural linear market, which coupled with the company’s other products will enable Ecosense to fully compete in the tier one, general office space. “Lumium’s specifier-grade product portfolio is a great complement to our brand,” said Mark Reynoso, CEO of Ecosense Lighting. “We are thrilled to partner...

MaxLite Names Spencer Bolgard President & COO

WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—MaxLite, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of energy-efficient lighting solutions since 1993, has named Spencer Bolgard as President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are excited to have Spencer join the MaxLite team,” said CEO Yon Sung. “His diverse background and deep industry experience make Spencer ideally suited to lead our company to continued growth and success as we turn the page on our first 25 years and begin a new chapter in MaxLite history.” Bolgard joins MaxLite from Phoenix Contact, where he spent the last six years serving as General Manager of the company’s U.S. subsidiary, and Vice...

Hotel Owners Save Energy with Natural Lighting

NATIONAL REPORT—Walls featuring large contiguous windows and glass doors are a popular theme within the hotel industry. Used to showcase wonderful views and provide access to grounds in summer, these features also allow natural light to stream into buildings. Creating low-energy or zero-energy buildings (ZEB) is an increasingly important goal for the sector. Hotels and other tourist accommodations are typically energy-intensive buildings, making the integration of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures more vital. Over the last 20 years, countries across Europe have greatly increased their use of renewable energy sources (RES), particularly in the building industry. This includes wind...

Crave Interactive & INTEREL Combine Technologies

LAS VEGAS—Crave Interactive, a leading developer of cloud-based digital guest service solutions for hotels, announced an integration partnership with award-winning hotel room-control technology company INTEREL, to integrate innovative room control features into the Crave in-room guest tablets. This partnership marks a pivotal advancement for Crave as a world leader in guestroom technology. By integrating the INTEREL room-control API into the Crave guestroom tablets, Crave now offers its clients a wide range of room controls at the guest’s fingertips that include control of lighting, temperature, drapery, privacy, and staff service requests. All of these innovative features are neatly controlled from Crave’s...

SunLike Series LEDs Selected as ‘Top 10 Product’

CHICAGO—Seoul Semiconductor, a leading supplier of LED products and technology, has been selected by the influential industry group BuildingGreen as a “Top 10 Product” for its SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs, the first solid state lighting source that produces light closely matching the spectrum of natural sunlight. “SunLike Series LEDs create a healthy lighting environment by producing natural spectrum light that brings the era of human-centric lighting closer to our doorstep,” explained Mark McClear, Seoul Semiconductor Executive Vice President for North America. “This recognition by BuildingGreen as a Top Ten Green Building product is another example of how important natural...

Urban Solar Releases Streamline Solar Series

BEAVERTON, ORE.—Urban Solar announces the release of an all new solar lighting product line, the Streamline Solar Series. To meet the demands of a growing commercial solar lighting market for a compact and aesthetically-pleasing area lighting solution, the Streamline Solar Series is the first system in Urban Solar’s lineup to incorporate lithium-ion battery technology. Lithium-ion batteries are long-lasting, recyclable and can be replaced by the user at the end of their lifecycle. For parks, pathways, playgrounds and other open urban environments, the Streamline Solar Series delivers superior brightness and exceptional return on investment compared to a grid-connected solution that requires...

LEDtronics Adds New Series of LED Flat Panel Lights

TORRANCE, CALIF—LEDtronics announces its new series of tunable, multimode LED flat panel lights with selectable wattage and white color temperature. The UL-listed panels feature standby dimming, as well as an adjustable occupancy/daylight sensor. Available in 1x4, 2x2 and 2x4 ft sizes, the “CT” series of tunable LED flat panel lights are ideal replacements for fluorescent fixtures and tube lights in recessed luminaires. Their ultra slim profile fits seamlessly into standard dropped troffer and parabolic fixtures in most T-bar ceilings to deliver adjustable ambient lighting for interior spaces. Offering the flexibility to customize wattage in 5 watt increments and adjust color temperature...

LED Replacement for 1000W HID Available from Current by GE

BOSTON—Current, powered by GE unveiled a new LED replacement lamp designed to replace 1000W high intensity discharge (HID) lamps. In addition to using 60 percent less energy, the product fits existing HID lamp fixtures and is wired to bypass the ballast, eliminating the need for future ballast replacements. With a majority of U.S. industrial facilities still relying on HID lighting, a product like the 1000W LED replacement has the potential to slash lighting electricity consumption, save millions of dollars and remove hazardous materials nationwide. “This 1000W HID replacement lamp fills an important void in the market for our industrial, warehouse...

Why Green Workplace Design Creates a Feel-Good Factor for Employees

LOS ANGELES—In the Los Angeles offices of Cuningham Group architecture firm, natural daylight streams in through four skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, while discreet vents manage the flow of fresh air. Individual offices are set in upcycled shipping containers, with a central indoor garden that filters the air and enhances the space with morale-boosting greenery. “Sustainability in the office has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last five or ten years,” says Stuart Finnie, Head of Design at Tétris. “Design measures that can enhance a firm’s environmental credentials are coming to the top of every client’s wish list.” Common eco-friendly measures include the...