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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.
DANVERS, MASS.—North American lighting leader Osram Sylvania of Osram Americas is launching ORIOS LED lamps, including A-line, MR16, BR, R and PAR lamps. Rated at up to 25,000 hours (L70), these cost-effective, long-life LED lamps can help contractors ease budget-conscious clients and end-users with converting to LED lighting and enjoying long-term cost savings.
DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces the MR16 Series LED lamp with TrueWhite Technology, that delivers the soft, diffused light of a traditional 50-watt halogen MR16 lamp, and is designed for global compatibility with virtually all existing sockets. Cree MR16 TrueWhite LED lamps consume up to 83 percent less energy and are designed to meet Energy Star qualification to deliver a rapid payback of less than one year.
CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America announces its entry into the LED lighting category and the availability of high quality, high performance indoor LED lamps in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Civilight North America focuses solely on LED products and offers a complete line of indoor LED lamps, with three series—Architectural (highest quality), Professional (best price-performance) and Commercial (best ROI)—in PARs, BRs, linear tubes, bulbs (A19 and candelabra) and spots (MR16s and GU10s). The company also offers LED downlights for an integrated solution.
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