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WASHINGTON, D.C.—When light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were first introduced in the mid-2000s for general space lighting, they were considered a disappointment. Almost too dim to be useful, they were expensive and no more efficient than traditional fluorescent technology. Today, LED-based lighting products can successfully compete with rival technologies on the basis of light quality, efficiency, dimmability, and almost any other important metric except for price—which is falling rapidly. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, revenues from LED lighting products (including lamps and luminaires) in commercial building markets will grow from $2.7 billion in 2013 to more than $25 billion in 2021. “The rise of LED technology will transform every part of the commercial lighting industry,” says Jesse Foote, research analyst at Navigant Research. “While other lighting technologies have limited potential for future improvements, new designs for LEDs that push quality and efficacy to new levels continue to emerge from lighting labs around the world.”
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper has published a new edition of its Product Selection Guide (PSG), a comprehensive catalog of energy-efficient lighting controls and services. The PSG is available in print and as an eBook, and for the first time the content is also available as a mobile app.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—In November 2013, Buffalo’s Salvatore’s Grand Hotel became the first hotel in the world to benefit from a joint technology partnership between ZENO Controls LLC and its subsidiary Verve Living Systems. Using the wireless Verve Keycard Switch (enabled by EnOcean energy harvesting technology) to communicate with room PTAC-air conditioners and bedside lamps via the ZENO gateway with InnPoint Software, Salvatore’s Grand Hotel was able to dramatically reduce its overall energy consumption.
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics announced that its Energy Star rated 23 watt LED Recessed Fixture Retrofit kit, 13 watt BR30 floodlight, and 13 watt A19 omni-directional LED light bulb exceed the voluntary California Quality Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lamp Specification issued by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for LED lamps used in residential applications.
WORCESTER, MASS.—Bulbs.com, one of the largest online distributors of replacement lighting, is launching its new Buy ‘N’ Try program that takes the risk out of purchasing LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) and makes energy efficient lighting more accessible for its customers.
NEW YORK—The New York Convention Center Operating Corp., Empire State Development and the New York Convention Center Development Corp. joined November 11 with the Hotel Association of New York City, FXFOWLE, Epstein and Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company, in a celebration of the newly renovated Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York. From the installation of a new 240,000 square-foot glass curtain wall to the construction of the largest green roof in the Northeast, the Javits Center has undergone a comprehensive renovation. Located on Manhattan’s West Side in Midtown, the Javits Center is considered the busiest convention center in the United States. In Fiscal Year 2012, the Javits Center generated $1.4 billion of economic activity for New York City and New York State—without relying on government subsidies for annual operating expenses. During that period, more than 140 large- scale events were hosted, leading to the creation of 14,300 jobs for workers in and around the 2.1 million square-foot building, along with $635 million in wages paid.
DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces the LMH2 LED Module with sunset dimming—Cree’s dimming technology that provides a dimming experience similar to incandescent lighting. The new module enables a natural dimming profile that was previously unachievable with any other energy-saving technology.
ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc. has extended its line of P Series LED Downlighting Modules from Lithonia Lighting. The family now features 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch LED modules that deliver an expected service life of 46 years for a wide range of applications.
NATIONAL REPORT—Retina scans, robot room service and rooms that reconfigure themselves? Here today, coming tomorrow, and no, it’s not science fiction if nanotechnology has its way. In the hotel of the future, technology is king, and what it means to guests—and even to lighting—means everything. While “dream machines” will have to wait, the evolution of the hotel environment is already underway. Mobile Millennials and still-bustling Boomers are driving the demands of 2020, starting with the power to evoke the comforts of home. As personal control and customization becomes commonplace, matching service to a memorable stay will become imperative to appealing to tomorrow’s traveler. At the same time, this sensory experience must satisfy guests’ environmental sensibilities—appreciated today, responsible business operations are assumed tomorrow. Escalating energy standards will likewise challenge operators to achieve greater efficiency from smarter buildings. Throughout the hotel of the future, from suites to meeting rooms to common areas—everywhere technology and customers collide—there too is lighting, and with it, the opportunity to create environments and craft experiences that capture the imagination of tomorrow’s traveler.
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics is now offering its 10 watt BR30 EarthBulb LED floodlight to provide 685 lumens with a 110 degree beam angle for full radial illumination and the capability of dimming to less than 5 percent.
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