Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel and Casino Makes the Switch to LEDs


The Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is the first in downtown Las Vegas to make the switch from cold cathode lamps to energy efficient LED sign lamps. According to the news release, this change provides a more traditional, warm lighting effect throughout the Main Street walkway and North Tower waterfall.

The LED lamps, installed by local lighting company YESCO, mimic the true color and look of the iconic incandescent lightbulbs used years ago. The lights will replace the cold cathode lamps that were installed during the property’s 2011 renovation. At the time, cold cathode lamps helped to save energy, but their look sacrificed aesthetics. The LED lighting offers the opportunity to achieve both energy efficiency and a warm atmosphere.

The lighting project will see thousands of lightbulbs replaced individually as well as a comprehensive hand-cleaning of the lighting ceiling panels. The canopy on Main Street alone contains 23,000 three-watt cold cathode lamps, to be replaced with 1.5 watt LED lamps. Additionally, North Tower waterfall lights have been retrofitted. The letterset and arms above the tower contained 3,700 three-watt cold cathode lamps and were replaced with 1.5 watt LED lamps.

These enhancements are projected to save more than $24,000 annually on energy and maintenance costs. The project is estimated to be complete by February 2018.

Casino Energy Savings in the News

In October, Wynn Boston Harbor, a new hotel and casino under construction on the Mystic River in Massachusetts, announced plans to add battery storage, rooftop solar, and two cogeneration plants. When completed, the 3 million square foot resort located in Everett will boast an extensive gaming floor, a parking garage that can hold up to 3,000 cars, and a 29-story tower of hotel rooms. The total cost has risen over time from the low billions to around $2.4 billion now.

And in March, Tecogen, a manufacturer of clean technologies, sold six CM-75 combined heat and power (CHP) units to MGM Springfield. The equipment will enable the casino to save between $300,000 and $400,000 annually and reduce its carbon footprint. Much of the benefit, the story says, comes from use of Tecogen’s Ultera ultra-low emission technology. The installation will be done by the Harry Grodsky Company. The $950 million casino is scheduled to open in 2018.


Vendors mentioned in this article:

  • Plaza Hotel and Casino
  • Wynn Boston Harbor
  • Tecogen
  • MGM Springfield



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