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Hotel boosting energy efficiency with LED lights

Posted on April 2, 2013 Category: Hospitality Design Articles

The Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel will install a LED lighting system to reduce energy consumption and save money on utilities. According to the Maryland Coastal Dispatch, workers began switching fluorescent bulbs for the new fixtures in March and are expected to complete the project before April begins. 

Hotel officials chose LED lights because they last longer than other fixtures. The news source reports that the bulbs "can last up to a decade," so the hotel shouldn't have to pay for frequent replacements. The new lights will only use 3,700,000 million kilowatt hours (kwh) per year, down from the 4.3 million kwh used by the fluorescent alternatives. 

"There'll be considerable savings on our electric bill over time once the project is paid for," Mark Elman, the hotel's general manager, said. 

ENERGY STAR notes that LED technology can be a valuable resource. The lights come in unique shapes and sizes so they can be fit into almost every area, including hard-to-reach areas. Additionally, the fixtures do not hum or buzz, so hotel guests will not be disturbed by any noises. 

The Clarion isn't paying upfront for the new lighting system. For the project, the hotel partnered with a private company that will take the monthly energy savings as payment. Once the new lights are paid for, the Clarion will only be responsible for its monthly utility bills. 

The lighting upgrade is part of the resort's eco-friendly initiatives. The Maryland Coastal Dispatch notes that new skylights will be installed above the pool to prevent air leakage so that the heating and cooling system won't have to be used as frequently. 

Energy efficiency is a priority for many establishments in the hospitality industry. Officials from other hotels should take note of the Clarion's upgrades because reducing energy consumption can help slash operating expenses.