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Holiday Inn Installs LED Lighting

Leon Walker

HotelAfter replacing flourescent lighting with MaxLite dimmable LED lighting panels, a Holiday Inn hotel in Columbia, Md., will save 764,200 kWh of energy, and $91,704 in energy and maintenance over the lifetime of the newly installed products, according to MaxLite.

After changing hotel ownership, the hotel underwent a significant renovation. Installer Shane Hresko suggested to general manager Jack Warner that the hotel should make a switch to energy efficient lighting for the hotel’s meeting spaces. Hresko brought samples of MaxLite’s LED Flat Panels with dimming capabilities, which impressed Warner and convinced him to make the switch, MaxLite says.

The Holiday Inn chose to start with a trial installation, replacing 12 260-watt fluorescent troffers with just 10 of MaxLite’s 45-watt Edge Lit LED Flat Panelsin a warm 3000K correlated color temperate in its smallest ballroom, the 780 sq. ft. Continental Room.

Edge Lit LED Flat Panels with dimming controlled through a portable remote control enable meeting space patrons to customize the lighting of the room. When giving tours of the three different meeting spaces, customers were only booking the small room because of the better quality lighting, the room’s ability to dim the lighting, and the adjustable position of the podium, which was made possible by offering a remote control for dimming in place of a wall-controlled unit, according to hotel owner Ankur Patel

Patel then asked Warner to contact Hresko to retrofit the lighting in the other two meeting spaces, the Washington and International Ballrooms at 1,980 and 3,500 sq. ft., respectively. Between the two rooms, 56 265-watt fluorescent troffers were replaced with 52 45-watt Edge Lit LED Flat Panels.

Patel and Warner then chose to upgrade the lighting in three newly built managers’ offices, which just had six lights installed a week prior, with two 32-watt T8 fluorescent troffers in each office. The T8s were replaced with the Edge Lit LED Flat Panels. The
LED products were purchased with $4,500 in utility rebates through Baltimore Gas and Electric, MaxLite says.

In August, the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y., installed a combined heat and power system that is expected to reduce its carbon emissions by about 403 tons per year.

American DG Energy owns and operates the 100kW system, which produces electricity, space heat and hot water.

According to the $2 million contract, the 247-room hotel pays a discounted rate on its energy used — DoubleTree doesn’t pay any capital, installation or operating costs — over the 15-year term.



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