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Cree LED Street Lights Cut Energy Use by 65 Percent in San Luis Obispo
SSL Design News Staff

April 24, 2014...The city of San Luis Obispo in California has selected LED street lights from Cree Inc. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) collaborated with city officials to replace more than 2000 of the city's HPS street lights with Cree XSP Series LED street lights.The already installed XSP street lights are reducing the street lights' energy consumption by more than 65 percent and are saving the city money on maintenance costs.

The installed XSP Series LED street lights are expected to save the city 750,000 kilowatt-hours per year, reducing the electricity bill for the city by an estimated two-thirds. The new street lights feature Cree’s NanoOptic® Precision Delivery Grid™ optic technology to provide better optical control and more uniform, white light than conventional street lights,

"This project represented a real win-win for the city and the environment. The decision to go with LED fixtures is helping the city save money, use less electricity, improve safety and decrease greenhouse gas emissions,” said Tom Lorish, senior customer relationship manager, PG&E. “Those are real benefits for all of us who live here, made possible by the city's leadership and our collaboration with Cree in finding new ways to become more energy efficient."

“Upgrading to Cree® LED street lights was a natural evolution of our energy-saving and sustainability initiatives,” said Barbara Lynch, San Luis Obispo city engineer. “My maintenance staff was impressed with the ease of installation, and we’re expecting to cut maintenance and service expenses by 60 percent annually, which we can now allocate to other city initiatives.”

Slate Club Gets New Chauvet LED Entertainment Wash Lighting
SSL Design News Staff

April 24, 2014...Mahattan clubs have to frequently reinvent themselves to remain successful. That is the nature of the business of New York City nightlife. In many cases, clubs get completely new looks or even new names. However, the club's owners wanted to update the club without changing its familiar appearance or its famous name. The club's owners turned to lighting designer Jason Ayala of Jason Blends.

“The owners wanted to rely on a new lighting design to update the club without getting away from its core identity as a legendary nightspot,” said Ayala.

As part of the lighting makeover, the club owners wanted more active lighting than the fixed position lights throughout the club including the dance floor. Ayala used 18 Legend 412 moving heads from Chauvet Professional to line the club.

“There was no movement, no animation, just stationary lighting, even on the dance floor,” said the New York lighting designer. “We had to move past this and create a more dynamic and vibrant light show.”

The Legend 412 is a compact moving head fixture with 12 10-watt RGBW Cree LEDs. The white emitters help produce high output with richly saturated colors. The fixture can move the colored lights smoothly and rapidly, making the Legend 412 ideal for Slate’s high energy environment. “The Legends are so bright and the colors so smooth and rich that we will use them for color saturation throughout the club at times,” said Ayala.

The new lighting has made the dance floor wildly popular. “Now when the music goes on, the fixtures start dancing creating vivid beams of different colors all over the floor. So it’s become a real dance scene,” he said. “The crowd loves it. People call the club and ask “’are you having your light show tonight.’ Everyone involved in Slate couldn't be happier with the results.”

Ayala creates rolling displays of color throughout the club using a GrandMA to program the lights. “To me, gobos and spots are not as important as the movement of bright colors in a dance floor environment,” he said. “The odds are that people are not going to see these patterns on a crowded dance floor, but they are going to see and feel the rich, bold colors of the Legend 412.”

Slate’s new lighting design also features Chauvet Professional's Amhaze II water-based haze machine and the Q-Spot 460 LED moving heads. “We use the Q-Spot to add texture to the Legend’s light,” said Ayala. “So we have this nice tight beam with the Legend, then we’ll break it up with dots and lines from the Q-Spot.”

Ayala said, “We use two Amhaze II units at Slate and operate them at only 30-percent because their output is so efficient. I get enough haze at 30-percent to highlight the beams without overwhelming the venue. We want haze, but not too much of it. The light from the Legend 412s speaks volumes for itself.”

“We were able to re energize Slate while still retaining its identity by giving it a complete lighting makeover,” Ayala concluded.

LED Retrofit with Arkon LED Luminaires Helps Shopping Center Attract Tennants and Save Money
SSL Design News Staff

April 24, 2014...Upgrading to LED lighting has reportedly attracted more tenants to the Formosa Gardens shopping center. Late last year, the Kissimmee, Florida shopping center needed to upgrade its 19 1,080-watt high pressure sodium lights. The lights were driving up the utility costs for Formosa’s tenants, and it was making it difficult to attract new tenants. Arkon LED suggested its 120- and 200-watt LED fixtures for a solution that is expected to reduce Formosa’s power consumption by 70%.

“We’ve done two LED installations for Formosa, and both of them have worked out great,” said Greg Papandrew of Arkon LED. “Now we’re in the process of doing two more projects with them, and we’re looking at one more.”

“Arkon was very helpful and knowledgeable compared to some of the other companies we were looking at,” Kerber said. “So far we’ve been very happy with it. When no tenants complain, that is a good thing, and I’ve even gotten a couple of positive comments.”

Not surprisingly, when Formosa planned to brighten another area of its parking lot, the shopping center again chose Arkon. Arkon overcame several concerns about power availability and found a way to place the poles in a position that saved Formosa more money. Akron put two additional poles with one fixture each in dark areas.

Formosa is now looking to replace 50 poles on rent from the local power utility with LED lamps and 90 decorative lights on the facility's roof with lower wattage LED luminaires. The shopping center owners are also considering upgrading the lighting for its neighboring hotel parking lot, pool area and landscaping with Arkon LED luminaires.

“We believe in relationships,” Kerber said. “We felt better with Arkon LED.” Kerber was impressed that Arkon was willing to tell her the truth about what it could do. Formosa has numerous lighting installations, and Arkon explained than an LED solution is not right for all of Formosa's lighting installations. “Arkon’s sales associate was very honest,” Kerber said. “I worked with some companies that said they could do it all, where Arkon said it would take too many years to recoup our money on some projects.”

Tim Hortons Restaurants Across North America to Get LED Lighting from Philips
SSL Design News Staff

April 22, 2014...Tim Hortons, a restaurant chain in Canada and the United States, announced an initiative to replace all of its existing light in its more than 4,400 restaurants with LED lighting from Royal Philips. In 2014 alone, the conversion program will outfit 485 restaurants with LED lighting, for an estimated savings of 6.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of power.

The existing fluorescent and halogen lights at all newly-built and renovated Tim Hortons restaurants will replace their current lighting with Philips LED fixtures that use up to 40 percent less energy than fluorescent bulbs while lasting a minimum of 50,000 hours.

Acording to Tim Hortons, a standard 2,500 square-foot restaurant with more than 60 lights (including exterior signage, illuminated menu boards, and overhead lighting in the washrooms, dining room, and kitchen area can save an estimated 18,336 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, which is equivalent to the total annual energy consumption of 400 single-family homes.

"At Tim Hortons, we are always looking to new technologies and designs to improve energy efficiencies in our restaurants and reduce our overall environmental footprint," said John Macey, manager, sustainable design, Tim Hortons Inc. "Switching to LED lighting is an easy way to save energy while improving the light quality and atmosphere in our restaurants to ensure the best possible guest experience."

Philips Illuminates Baron Palace in Cairo with LED-based Digital Lighting
SSL Design News Staff

April 22, 2014...As part of its fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town roadshow, Royal Philips unveiled a lighting makeover of the historic Baron Palace, one of Cairo's oldest buildings. A combination of warm and cool daylight colors from Philips’ latest LED technology highlights the palace’s features. The LED Lighting allows energy savings of 80% over the traditional lights currently used in the Palace. The LED lighting has a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours.

Belgian industrialist, Baron-General Edouard Louis Joseph Empain (1852-1929) had the Baron Palace constructed between 1907 and 1911. He chose the prominent location in Heliopolis and ordered French architect Alexander Marcel to build him a palace with a unique architectural style. The architect designed the palace to be made with reinforced concrete over an unusual rotating base that revolves the palace to face the sun in all directions. Today, the palace, an architectural masterpiece which is located close to the Belgian presidential Palace, is a tourist attraction.

“The lighting up of the Baron Palace creates an almost mythical atmosphere around the palace that brings history to life. Philips is very proud to have placed its know-how and technology at the service of this iconic monument. For us the challenge was to devise effective lighting while respecting the authenticity of this monument. The lighting had to enhance the beauty of the site without overwhelming it. We are very proud of the final result and hope it will improve the tourism value of the Palace," said Tamer Abol Ghar, CEO, Philips Egypt and General Manager, Philips Lighting Egypt & Sudan.

The Baron Palace is the latest world-famous site in Egypt to get LED lighting from Philips. The company's lighting reportedly illuminates the Cairo Tower, Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, and the Nile West Bank in Luxor in addition to the Hibiz Temple in the Western Desert. Philips has promised to use LEDs to illuminate one monument in every city visited during the roadshow.

Stockholm Concert Hall Gets LED Lighting
SSL Design News Staff

April 17, 2014...The famed Stockholm Concert Hall (Konserthuset) has been retrofitted with Global Design Solutions' ArcSystem. The project includes LED lighting for the facility's multiple entertainment venues and audience areas. Above the largest hall's main stage, 50 LED fixtures replaced 160 legacy lighting units. This switch alone reduced power consumption from 68 kW to 7.5 kW.

The Stockholm Concert Hall is the home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nobel Prize Ceremony. Completed in 1926, it is one of the few instances of neo-classical architecture in Sweden. The facility includes three separate halls with a total seating of more than 2000 people. The halls received an acoustical retrofit in 1971. However, the hot lighting needed an upgrade due to low efficiency, the need for more uniform lighting and the need for better controls.

The concert hall contracted GDS and partner Anderson & Co Sweden AB for the LED-based lighting upgrade. In the Main Hall, the largest and most famous in the Konserthuset, the lighting system with cooler-running LEDs is more comfortable for performers and reduces electricity and air conditioning costs. GDS installed 32 ArcSystem luminaires over the Main Hall's seating area.

“Sometimes amongst the figures and the specifications it is easy to overlook the fact that the purpose of the technology is to enhance the conditions in which performer and audience alike engage with the arts,” said Andy Duffield, international sales manager at GDS. “In the case of the Stockholm Concert Hall, here was another example of a magnificent historic building, hobbled by an outdated system, being transformed for the benefit of every user by the installation of ArcSystem. Of course, the extremely positive environmental data cannot and should not be overlooked — it’s quite dramatic — but ultimately, at the Konserthuset, perhaps the real story is about sitting comfortably and seeing clearly.”

Along with the ArcSystem fixtures, GDS installed its wireless control platform called ArcMesh. The controls allow the concert hall to set light levels for the stage area while also allowing lighting above the audience to be dimmed during performances and raised for audience entry and exit.

Ecopoint Donates LED Lighting to Maungaraki School
SSL Design News Staff

April 16, 2014...Ecopoint, of Wellington, New Zealand announced that it has given LED retrofit lights to Maungaraki School library. The donation is part of a pilot program undertaken in partnership with the Dynamis Project which uses schools to demonstrate and test new technologies. One of the Dynamis Project’s key goals is reducing school power consumption. A partnership with Ecopoint is logical because using LEDs is relatively easy way to significantly reduce electricity usage.

Paul Wilton, Ecopoint’s director, said, “We are excited to be involved in this initiative, and we hope it will lead to more schools getting on board. Educating the public on the many benefits of LED is important. So, we didn’t have to think too hard about sponsoring Maungaraki School. There are so many benefits to installing LED lights, and educating children about LED lighting technology is a great place to start! Our role in the initiative was straightforward – we replaced all of the library’s fluorescent tubes with LED tubes. Now, the energy savings can begin for Maungaraki School!”

Maungaraki School Library is in two sections. Prior to the LED lighting installation, light measurements were taken from the larger area of the library. The existing fluorescent lights left the library quite dull in the center. Light measurements of the old lighting at Maungaraki School Library ranged between 142 and 320 lux, which is far below the light level that the Ministry of Education recommends of between 300-500 lux. The company's LED replacements had lux readings ranging from 350-520; an average increase in lux of 103% overall.

The company claims that the LED lights reduce power consumption by up to 70%. The LED lights' 50,000 hour life expectancy ensures a substantial reduction in maintenance and replacements costs. Additionally, Ecopoint LED lights are reportedly simple to retrofit, are 100% recyclable. They have a (minimum) three year warranty. Ecopoint has recently also launched a schools-based fundraising initiative in which schools can secure a commission for selling Ecopoint LED lights.

Maungaraki School Principal Lisa Cavanagh said, “We are thrilled with the results already! The lighting levels are now much higher and more even throughout the room. The lights turn on instantly and do not flicker, which was a common problem with our old fluorescent lights. The LED units are also much safer, as they are made of shatterproof polycarbonate and not glass – there was always a concern that in an earthquake, the older fluorescent tubes could shatter. It is also reassuring to know that there are no nasty things like mercury in our new LED lights."

A.C. Special Projects Provides Exterior LED Lighting for Madame Tussauds London
SSL Design News Staff

April 10, 2014...UK company, A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. provided a custom color-changing LED lighting solution for the exterior facade of Madame Tussauds London, an iconic visitor attraction. The museum with 154 locations including New York, Sydney, Hollywood and Hong Kong as well as London, enables guests to get up close to some of the world's most famous people. ACSP had to design an energy efficient, flexible lighting solution to help bring light to the exterior facade at night.

ACSP Project Manager, Lance Bromhead, he said, “Up until now Madame Tussauds London had minimal exterior lighting. The attraction was looking for a versatile solution where lighting could be set to suit different events in its calendar – for instance washing the building in red, blue and white to mark the birth of the Royal Baby.”

Lance had met with Madame Tussauds London at The Arc Show, which led to a demo at the attraction. “We used a selection of Pulsar exterior LED products,” continued Lance. “The attraction was impressed with the demo and, following the scheduled refurbishment of the building's exterior, ACSP were employed to supply, install and commission the lighting solution.”

ACSP specified nine Pulsar ChromaFlood 200 IP66 tricolor floodlights to uplight the columns of the facade. Additionally, eight ChromaBatten 200 IP66 tricolor battens uplight the flat-rendered panels in between the columns. The scheme can bring dynamic color changing or fixed color looks to the facia of the building as needed.

“Each fixture is individually controllable via a Pharos system with a built-in astronomical clock,” explained Lance. “The fixtures and cabling are installed on a hard canopy which runs the length of the now illuminated building facade. The Pulsar fixtures were specifically chosen for their outdoor IP66 rating, high output levels and spread - they have to evenly light the facade to a height of 10-12m - as well as their colour-mixing capabilities and energy-efficient low power consumption.”

ACSP worked alongside Pulsar to develop a custom cabling solution that would provide power and enable DMX control through single cables that link back to a central 240v power and data distribution box. The cabling solution eliminates the need to install additional 240v power sockets along the roof canopy to bring power to the fixtures. ACSP supplied fixtures with a RAL color finish to blend with the exterior facade's color.

ACSP pre-programmed the Pharos system with some popular color presets to service Madame Tussauds London’s special events. For example, the attraction has a green for St Patrick's Day, red for Chinese New Year, and plain white for day to day operations. A simple eight-button panel inside the building allows Madame Tussauds staff to select the Pharos system presets. The color presets automatically default back to pre-set program the next day. So the staff does not need to switch it back themselves.

ACSP also supplied ChromaStrip X3 LED strips to illuminate the inside of the refurbished sphere on top of the building's famous domed roof. A cool white ChromaFlood 200 to illuminates the signage on the side of the building facade.

Dave Joy, Project Manager, Madame Tussauds London, commented, "ACSP’s approach from the design stage to completion was excellent. We had a dedicated ACSP project manager who spent many evenings on site trialling various fittings and their location, to achieve the best results. They also liaised with our approved contractor to ensure the installation was carried out to ACSP’s specification and saw the project through to the programming stage, to ensure the project brief was met. The after-sales support has also been excellent and Madame Tussauds London would not hesitate to use ACSP on any future projects."

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