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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--both indoors and outdoors. Innovative daylighting techniques are also helping to reduce costs and improve interior spaces. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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--both indoors and outdoors. Innovative daylighting techniques are also helping to reduce costs and improve interior spaces. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

California Hoteliers Have Much to Gain from LodgingSavers Program

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK—California’s LodgingSavers program is going strong after just one year in operation. Introduced at last fall’s California Lodging Expo, it now has approximately 150 participants, including several properties in Yosemite National Park that are managed by Delaware North Companies (DNC). LodgingSavers is implemented by Ecology Action, Santa Cruz, Calif., and funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. LodgingSavers is open to properties throughout California that are serviced by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E). According to Aaron Glade, program specialist for Ecology Action, LodgingSavers is attractive to hoteliers because of the...

Amerlux Introduces Profilo Compact T5/T5HO Fluorescent Lighting System

FAIRFIELD, N.J.—Amerlux Lighting Solutions introduces Profilo, a new family of compact T5/T5HO fluorescent luminaires. Designed for ambient and display lighting applications in hotels, restaurants and resorts, Profilo utilizes the latest in compact fluorescent lamps and electronic ballast technology. Adding to Amerlux’s EcoTectural product line, Profilo continues its major commitment to facilitate sustainable strategies recognized by organizations such as the U.S Green Building Council. Compact in size, the Profilo is constructed with a one-piece extruded aluminum housing and features a drawer latching system that provides clean joints in continuous row-mounting applications. Aircraft cable suspension in 4-foot or 8-foot lengths are standard....

Nearly 1 Million People Take Energy Star Change a Light Pledge

NEW YORK—The 20-day national Energy Star Change a Light Bus Tour concluded with nearly 1 million Americans across the country pledging to change more than 2.6 million lights to help fight climate change. This represents a potential savings of nearly $70 million in energy costs and prevention of 1 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson ended the 10-city tour at Manhattan’s Union Square. “Some have said one person can’t change the world,” Johnson says. “Well, how about a million people? By teaching nearly a million Americans that protecting the environment and saving money is...

Besa Lighting Introduces All-New 2007-2008 Catalog

BLACKLICK, OHIO—Featuring more than 2,000 custom decorative lighting options, Besa Lighting introduces its 2007-2008 Catalog. Completely redesigned, the book includes 268 pages of handcrafted glasses in many new colors, sizes and styles, for a broad range of hospitality applications. Besa Lighting is a leading designer and manufacturer of decorative glass lighting. Besa’s line has grown in breadth and depth, from 35-watt 12V mini-pendants to 120V Mondo Glass Pendants. Many glass pendant families are being introduced, including: “Callisto,” “Castor,” “Caesar” fluted opal pendants and “Pahu” double-glass pendants. New decors include distressed metallic foils in copper, gold and silver. New decorative ADA...

Philips Lighting Adds StumbleLight to Lighting Collection

NEW YORK—Philips Lighting Co., a division of Philips Electronics North America Corp., an affiliate of Royal Philips Electronics, has introduced its new StumbleLight, a motion-activated night guiding light designed to turn on when a hotel guest steps out of bed. Ideal for placement under a hotel room nightstand or on a wall to illuminate the path at night, StumbleLight lights the way through a room or to a bathroom using a warm white LED light source. The 55 to 65 lumens of light output delivered by StumbleLight, comparable to the light output of traditional incandescent night light technology, is an...

Philips Introduces New Alto II Linear Fluorescent Technology

SOMERSET, N.J. – Philips Lighting Co., a division of Philips Electronics North America Corp., an affiliate of Royal Philips Electronics, announces the introduction of ALTO II, its next-generation low-mercury fluorescent lamp technology for the professional lighting market. Twelve years ago, Philips Lighting introduced its original ALTO technology and set a new industry standard by reducing the amount of mercury in its T8 fluorescent lamps to an industry low of 3.5 mg. Today, through Philips Lighting’s innovative technology, ALTO II T8 lamps now contain only 1.7 mg of mercury, a 50 percent reduction from previous levels. Now incorporated into...

Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine Band Together as Environmental Leaders

ROCKLAND, ME.—Quietly, yet tenaciously, the Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine are working hard to reduce their environmental impact. All three have been certified by the State of Maine as Hospitality Environmental Leaders, making them the first known B&B association in New England totally dedicated to sustainable eco-tourism. Beginning on October 3, in recognition of National Change a Lightbulb Day, the inns will offer an Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) to each guest. With each bulb, more than 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions will be saved from entering the atmosphere. “If just 100 guests change their lightbulbs with...

In Areas Where Guests Rarely Venture, Put Lighting Controls to Work for You

NATIONAL REPORT—In the areas of your hotel that guests rarely see—offices, kitchens, corridors, stairwells, storage rooms—there is no need to keep the lights burning 24 hours a day. Yes, in some hotels there is activity in those spaces around the clock but certainly not constantly. During those times when workers are not present, why not employ lighting control systems to turn out the lights, save energy and reduce costs? Inevitably, power plants will not have to work so hard, which means less pollution and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Carlos Villialobos, senior product manager for Wattstopper/Legrand in Santa Clara, Calif., says...

Osram Announces Partnership With The Climate Project

DANVERS, MASS.—Osram Sylvania has announced its association with The Climate Project, the nonprofit organization founded by Al Gore in 2006, with the mission of training and supporting a diverse group of people to increase public awareness of and take action about the climate crisis at a grassroots level throughout the United States and abroad. The Climate Project has already trained more than 1,000 volunteers from every corner of the United States to present a version of the slide show on which the Academy Award-winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth” is based. Each volunteer commits to give 10 or more presentations a...

Two Lutron Systems Capture Product of the Year Awards

COOPERSBURG, PA.—Lutron Electronics is pleased to announce that its AuroRa lighting control security kit and Sivoia QS shading system have been recognized by Electronic House magazine with its 2007 “Product of the Year” awards. The winning products will be featured in the September issue of Electronic House magazine and honored at a ceremony during the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo, September 6-9, in Denver, Colorado. The AuroRa lighting control security kit is a do-it-yourself package that offers remote control of five lights in a home and links to a security system. The Sivoia QS shading...