Lighting systems that save hotels energy, money

This is part two in a series on hotel lighting design. Click here for part one: Lighting innovations shift preferences and materials.

As the hospitality industry pursues more energy-efficient solutions, such as light-emitting diode technology, Brad Haynes, senior manager, product and application support, Martin Professional, said that his team has seen a shift toward digital systems that allow for better power consumption management. These systems also let hotels control advanced features such as color mixing and dimming depending on the application. Despite a more significant investment initially, intelligent digitally controlled LED lighting is more cost-efficient in the long run due to simplified installation and lower maintenance costs.

“Energy consumption and ways to improve sustainability are a much-debated topic within the lighting and hospitality industries,” Haynes said. “There is both an environmental and financial incentive for hoteliers to consider energy consumption. Lighting is a major factor in the operating costs of a hotel. With lighting taking a large portion of a hotel’s electricity consumption, any hotelier should be taking energy consumption into serious consideration when specifying a lighting solution.”  


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“When you can take a 100-watt light bulb and replace that with a seven-watt LED, the savings are astronomical,” added Michael Incardone, national account sales manager and hospitality channel sales manager at Kichler. Beyond saving money on the wattage and longer-lasting bulbs, hoteliers can reduce cooling costs thanks to LED lights that give off less heat than incandescent counterparts.  Ultimately, he said, the cost varies by manufacturer, and by style and taste. 

“Energy codes are pushing more energy-efficient sources for hotels, and the people who make these decisions are seeing the economic benefits as well,” said Tom Hamilton, VP of marketing for Ketra.

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The company, in partnership with American Express, will donate up to 1 million hotel roomnights across the United States through May 31.

Moves include accessing an additional $100 million on the company’s $250 million senior revolving line of credit and cost containment.

Joe Hindsley has worked with Hyatt Hotels Corp. for 37 years, beginning as a corporate management trainee at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.