Energy consumption accounts for 60% of a hotel property’s carbon footprint, and most of the energy consumed is used for space cooling and lighting. Many global chain brands are seeking to implement low-cost, high impact measures that decrease their energy consumption while maintaining or improving the level of comfort experienced by hotel guests. While energy use can vary depending on the size of the facility and amenities available, here are some lighting solutions that will bring about serious energy savings (and sustainability) without sacrificing atmosphere or comfort.
Make the Switch to LED Lighting.
Easy-to-install retrofit kits are available for almost any kind of light fixture, so replacing outdated incandescent lights with high efficiency LED solutions is the quickest fix of them all. While compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are energy star rated and more efficient that incandescent bulbs, they lack the sustainability LEDs offer. EarthTronics LED bulbs have an average performance life of over 15,000 to 25,000 hours – up to 100% longer life than CFLs and can reduce lighting energy consumption by 80%. And, LEDs offer two important benefits that CFL can’t deliver on – instant on to full brightness and no mercury in the lamp.
Outdoor lighting in parking lots generally use H.I.D. (high intensity discharge) lamps, but could be much more energy efficient. While H.I.D. lamps have long been the staple of site and security lighting, LEDs perform well in cool temperatures, maintain light output longer and can cut energy use drastically.
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Install Occupancy Sensors and Dimmers.
In areas where there’s a large amount of natural light, installing a dimmer is an easy way to reduce energy consumption during daylight hours. Occupancy sensors save energy and reduce maintenance time by lengthening bulb replacement intervals. Install occupancy sensors in areas that are only used intermittently such as hallways, restrooms, meeting rooms and kitchen areas. Some guests may feel uncomfortable entering into a darkened hallway or stairwell, but even dimming lights in unoccupied spaces and then bring them to full brightness when someone enters will save money and energy in the long run.
Let’s Focus on the Guest Room.
Easily the most important space in the hotel, a guest room should exude comfort, taste and security. Lighting becomes functional, yet playful in this space allowing guests to turn lights on full blast or create a quieter ambiance with dimming fixtures and small lamps. The LED lighting industry has grown over time to offer a wide variety of lighting options that are stylish and decorative, yet efficient as well. Take our new Filament LED Bulb for example, equal in look and feel to that of a traditional vintage bulb, this bulb can provide up to an 80% difference in energy savings. Any lighting application that currently uses CFLs can be easily retrofitted for LED bulbs saving energy and money, without sacrificing appearance.
People are becoming increasingly aware of how their actions impact the environment and are beginning to take into consideration a hotel’s sustainability practices when deciding where to rest their head. At EarthTronics, we believe that hotels can implement cost saving measures that not only improve their bottom line, but the environment and their eco-reputation as well.
We have a history of offering lighting products that are low-cost and high efficiency. We help customers find lighting solutions that fit their specific industry, application needs and believe that by working together, we can create meaningful and lasting change.