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