iLight Contributes Plexineon LED fixtures to new Sacramento International Airport Terminal
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 12, 2013... Glass curtains on three sides and a $6 million collection of public art make up the new $1 billion main terminal at Sacramento International Airport, which is designed to create a memorable gateway to California's capital region. iLight Plexineon White 2 fixtures
were chosen to provide both efficient illumination and a serve as a design
element for a new airport terminal at Sacramento International Airport. A total
of 4500 LED luminaires were installed on the undersides of escalators that span
three levels and run overhead as well as framing the terminal's signature
feature: a suspended, 56-foot-long aluminum sculpture of a red hare diving into
Architects from Corgan Associates, Inc. and Fentress Architects found
inspiration for the 300,000-square-foot terminal came from Sacramento’s
"city of trees" moniker. The architects hoped to recreate the interplay of
light that occurs under a canopy of trees, The architects at Corgan Associates,
Inc. and Fentress Architects turned to Arup to the lighting scheme that would
incorporate electric lighting and daylight.
Jake Wayne, Senior Consultant for Arup, says the space beneath the
escalators begged for light — especially given the abundance of natural
light flowing throughout the rest of the terminal. For this purpose, a
low-profile cove was planned for the undersides of the escalators. The lighting
designers needed a product that could fit behind the cove, provide warm and
consistent illumination, and remain in keeping with the building's
At the time, Jason Edling was at Arup. He had just specified Plexineon for
the interior of the Sahra Spa and Hammam inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas,
and his experience on the project assured him that Plexineon was the right
product to illuminate the underside of the airport escalators near the
"I knew the fixtures were well suited for illuminating small spaces
uniformly," says Edling, now Principal at Niteo Lighting, LLC.
"We’d had a successful experience with the product previously in a
Plexineon White was chosen for its timeless quality, and Edling and Wayne
say the outcome is just as Arup had hoped. "We're quite pleased with the
project," Edling says, adding that he’s now considering Plexineon
for another project he has in the works.
"The detailing was done perfectly," he added. "You don't
actually see the light source, yet the light is able to bleed out. The light
provides visual relief as you come out from under the escalators, reducing
Wayne noted, "The Plexineon lightens the space and creates a portal for
viewing the iconic artwork beyond."
Xeleum LED Troffers and Stairwell Fixtures Installed at Rush Foundation Hospital
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 10, 2013...Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi USA, announced that it has
successfully installed Xeleum LED lighting in its long-term acute care
hospital. The hospital offers long-term choices for non-permanent patients who
require extended recovery time within a hospital setting. Southern LED
Solutions, a division of Mitchell Companies located in Meridian, Mississippi,
managed the overall lighting project. Zach Moore, Account Executive for
Southern LED Solutions stated, “After a long and thorough evaluation of
available LED lighting products, we selected Xeleum troffers and stairwell
lighting fixtures not just because they represented the highest construction
and photometric quality available at any price but also because the compelling
return on investment analysis based upon these products ensured that the
hospital was putting its resources to the best possible use.”
A total of 1,473 fluorescent troffers were replaced with Xeleum Titanium LED
architectural lay ins in both 3,500 and 4,000 Kelvin temperatures.
Additionally, 53 Athena Series two foot stairwell fixtures with integral
emergency backup were supplied to add safety and security to Rush
Fred M. Rogers, Chief Resource Officer of Rush Health Systems stated,
"The LED fixtures installed by Southern LED Solutions are a tremendous hit
with the staff. We have received a great deal of positive feedback from
physicians and nurses regarding the new lighting; all have said there is a
noticeable difference in their work areas, improving the quality and quantity
"From a facilities management standpoint, I want to thank the SLEDS
staff for providing us with a great installation process and product. The
workers were sensitive to the need for quiet during the installation phase and
working within the aspects of ongoing patient care. The end result is better
than we had hoped for from the standpoints of performance and efficiency."
SL Green Selects Revolution Lighting Technologies to Expand LED Lighting Retrofit at Ten Properties
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 10, 2013...Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. of Stamford, Connecticut USA,
announced that SL Green Realty Corp., New York City's largest commercial
property owner, has selected its Seesmart brand LED tube lamps for the second
phase retrofit at ten SL Green properties. The lighting retrofit at the ten
properties is expected to save $300,000 annually.
"Revolution Lighting is excited to continue its relationship with SL
Green, delivering significant cost savings through advanced LED lighting
solutions," said Charles J. Schafer, Revolution Lighting President and
Chief Financial Officer. "SL Green's continued use of our Seesmart brand
LED products reflects the growing market confidence in the LED industry, and
Revolution Lighting's capability to deliver leading LED solutions for our
customers. Our ongoing relationship with SL Green demonstrates the strength of
our distributors to deliver the strong customer pipeline we have in place
heading into 2014."
In 2012, SL Green worked with TriState LED, Revolution Lighting's leading
distributor of Seesmart brand LED products to install 16,000 LED lamps at
twenty-two properties, totaling more than seven million square feet. The
lighting, which is on 24/7 throughout lobbies, garages, stairs, and mechanical
areas, saves $625,000 annually. SL Green achieved a project payback of less
than three years and reduced lighting energy use by more than 55%, while
significantly improving lamp life to often greater than eight years (three to
four times longer than other lighting technologies).
TriState LED is providing 8,000 Seesmart brand LED products at ten
properties totaling 5.5M square feet, including: 485 Lexington Avenue, 600
Lexington Ave, 750 3rd Ave, 625 Madison, and 1185 Avenue of the Americas in New
"LED equipment impacts 90% of lighting lifecycle costs through energy
use and lamp life, providing $7.4M in total lifecycle savings for SL
Green," said Jay Black, SL Green's Director of Sustainability. "LED
lighting will continue to play a key role within SL Green's energy efficiency
program. The selection of Revolution Lighting allows us to stay ahead of the
market in terms of technology adaptation offering high quality solutions
through superior efficiency, longevity, warranty, and exceptional customer
GDS LiteWare Provides Uplighting for Barcelona Bridal Event
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 10, 2013...The Barcelona Bridal week is an international event which attracts the
prestigious firms in the sector from around the world. In May 2013 the week
culminated in one of its highlights, the Pronovias show, which took place at
the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. The Oval Hall of the MNAC was the
setting for what Bridal Magazine described as a "breathtakingly beautiful
show." LED lighting from GDS that was used for the show included 28 LiteWare HO
(high output) up-lighters.
Lighting designer David Monguet was responsible for lighting the fashion
show. Monguet engaged Moonlight Illuminacion, to supply the lighting equipment.
Moonlight is a valued customer of GDS' Spanish Distributor Entertainment
Equipment Supplies. The lighting concept from GDS LiteWare provided production
lighting without cables and without heat that offers full RGB color mixing.
The lighting served as an ideal solution for a fashion show environment such
as Pronovias. According to GDS, Liteware HO up-lighters are portable for quick
installation, wirelessly controlled and charged via an integrated charging
system built into the storage flight-cases. LiteWare is also rated for outdoor
use. The LiteWare HO up-lighters offer 12 hour per day permanent use and as
such fulfil GDS' aim to "get your light anywhere."
Diana García of EEs commented, "The LiteWare HO is undoubtedly the ideal
choice for a highly regarded show as Pronovias, the greatest reference in the
field of bridal wear in Spain. We are pleased to have the opportunity to
collaborate with Moonlight Iluminación and David Monguet in this exciting
project as well very grateful because they have trusted in one of our major
brands once again."
Forge Europa's 50W GU10 LED Replacements Used in Retrofit at Lindows Jewellers
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 5, 2013...An independent jeweler in the South Lakeland market town of Ulverston in
Cumbria is benefiting from a lighting upgrade. Lindows Jewellers has a
reputation nationally for being one of the UK's leading independent jewelers
providing one to one expert service and advice from a fully trained and
experienced sales team specializing in leading world brands such as Cartier,
Tisento and soon to be launched Swarovski.
Proprietor Mr Ken Lindow explained that his reputation and that of the
brands he represents is second to none. So, according to Lindow, the
environment from which he sells must be the very best for the benefit of his
clients and his highly trained staff. “Lighting has been a
disappointment for many years” said Mr Lindow. “Whilst we
have always endeavoured to create the best possible effect with what has been
available, the constant lamp and transformer replacement exercise has not only
proved costly but highly disruptive in such an important selling
Mr Lindow contacted Forge Europa on hearing about the introduction of their
LED-based GU10 lamp that serves as a true replacement for 50W halogens.
“I wanted to resolve the problems with the transformers, improve the
display of the products and reduce the energy bill if possible, and all ideally
with minimal disruption to the business. But recognised I need expert advice
and a fast turnaround to achieve this.”
The store replaced 44 of its Halogen 50W MR16 lamps and associated
transformers with 44 x High performance, short base GU10 LED lamp replacements.
The replacement by Forge Europa instantly resolved the transformer issue. Forge
Europa’s warm white 3000k, 670lm GU10 LED lamps utilize the MTG
technology from Cree, to showcasing the jewelery at its best and creating a
very welcoming environment for customers.
Forge Europa’s GU10 LED Lamp has a lumen output of 670lm at 9.5W for
70lm/W efficacy. The company says its 36˚ beam angle, choice of color
temperature, and short and long base ensure its compatibility with a wide range
of housings. These LED lamps are fully and independently certified by Intertek,
meeting all relevant standards that comply with CE marking directives.
Forge Europa listened to feedback, and carried out an energy audit to review
current usage and evaluate potential solutions and savings. Forge Europa's
proposed solution is expected to save about £342.14 per year per store. So the
electricity used in the 44 lights (consuming 9.5 watts each for 2400 hours at
£0.08/kWh) will cost £80.26 per year compared to £422.40 per year for the 50W
halogen bulbs that they replace.
“The glare from the old MR16 has gone and the clarity of light is
fabulous” says Head Gemmologist Elaine Taite. “The light
is exactly where we want it and highlights our products and intricate detail in
a way we have never seen before.”
Mr Lindow is now rolling out LED lighting in the display cabinets and shop
window, all supplied by Forge Europa, because of the installation's quality of
light, the effect created in the shop and cost savings
“In addition to creating the right environment for our customers,
products and staff, so far we have saved 81% on our lighting energy costs. We
specialise in quality jewellery, and with some items retailing for thousands of
pounds, the investment in LED lighting is small, but essential and has made a
Cree LED Lighting Installed at NC State Student Housing Residence Hall
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 5, 2013...NC State chose Cree Inc. to supply the lighting for its first planned LEED
certified residence hall, Wolf Ridge at Centennial. Cree luminaires were
installed in two of the project’s six buildings are already delivering
positive results. Powered by Cree TrueWhite® Technology, the luminaires deliver
what the company claims to be the industry’s best color quality, creating
more inviting and better lit environments for student residents. At the same
time, Cree says that the luminaires significantly reduce the school’s
operational expenses compared to outdated lighting technologies.
Once fully completed, the six-building project will utilize more than 4,000
luminaires from Cree’s LED lighting portfolio. The hallways and
stairwells are lit with Cree® CR22™ and CR24™ LED architectural
troffers and the Cree CR Series Light Engine. The apartments’ interior
space features the Cree SL24™ LED Surface Linear luminaire. Additionally,
the university was so impressed with the light quality in previous Cree LED
lighting installations on campus, NC State installed Cree CR6™ LED
downlights in the Wolf Ridge bathrooms. The CR6 down lights replaced the CFL
recessed cans in the bathrooms that were installed when the residence hall was
built. Previously, the CFLs took a long time to reach full illumination.
“We’ve received nothing but positive feedback from our
student residents, especially when they learn about the energy efficiency of
the LED fixtures and that lighting maintenance requests are a thing of the
past,” said Dr. Barry Olson, director of business administration for
campus life, NC State.
“The Wolf Ridge at Centennial student housing project called for
the installation of thousands of luminaires, many of which operate
24/7,” said Pete Fraccaroli, facilities manager, campus life, NC
State. “We needed an advanced lighting solution that allowed us to
exceed LEED certification requirements and provide students superior color
quality while delivering drastically reduced maintenance and energy costs to
the university. The Cree LED lighting installed solved all of these
“The installation at NC State is a testament to the positive
impact on students and staff when high-quality lighting is
installed,” said Mike Bauer, vice president of lighting sales, Cree.
“Students and faculty can feel good about the mercury-free LED
lighting replacing the old fluorescent fixtures and the additional energy
savings, all helping to create a substantially beneficial environmental
In 2007, NC State was the first to join Cree’s LED University®, an
international community of universities working to accelerate the adoption of
energy-efficient LED lighting across their campuses. Universities in the
program include the University of Notre Dame, Marquette University, University
of California at Santa Barbara, University of Arkansas and many others. In
addition to Wolf Ridge, NCSU has installed Cree LED lighting on several other
projects, including upgrades to existing residence halls. In 2008, NCSU
replaced four T8 fluorescents with three Cree LR6™ LED downlights in each
room as part of a renovation project of Bragaw residence hall. These
installations have reportedly lead to energy reductions beyond what was
initially anticipated, and the university has been installing Cree LEDs ever
since, doing upfits in most of their other campus buildings.
Dilitronics LED Lighting Concept for Brillux
SSLighting Design News Staff
December 3, 2013...The paint and color production company Brillux got new LED lighting from dilitronics. The light installation takes into account the varied operation hours and the different function areas. dilitronics claims that over 75% in energy savings is possible with the lighting set called Array MX. Brillux chose the the Array MX from dilitronics for their energy-saving, a long lifespan, their low level of heat radiation, and their even distribution of light. The merely two-year-old halogen lighting system at Brillux was completely replaced.
Working with the lighting planner Ludewig Lichtkonzepte (in Münster, Germany), dilitronics developed a light-steering system for 50 light canopies with 300 downlights and surrounding LEDs. Due to the unostentatious design and the hidden technical components the design reportedly meets the architectural demands. Dilitronics says that they supplied the lighting products, drivers and power supply that they claim can be quickly and easily installed in the existing halogen installation. According to dilitronics, the amount of maintenance is minimal, and there is practically no difference in terms of the color temperature compared to that of the halogen lighting. The heat generation is however less.
Dilitronics claims that the comprehensive lighting installation system guarantees an immediate energy savings of more than 75% with additional reductions possible through light dimming. The typical low-level of heat generation enables a lower level of necessary cooling for more energy savings. The new lighting allows different lighting scenarios to be preset depending on the various times of day and the special functions of the area. The 300 light points are triggered via the LED-driver driveDOT4 from dilitronics. The indirect lighting via LED line lights is operated by the driveDOT CV4 lite driver.
Dilitronics points out that infinitely variable dimming is possible via the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI). For example, the company with a multi-shift operation can light up only the drink- and vending machines for the 2nd and 3rd shifts, while the restaurant area ‘sleeps’ in a very strongly dimmed light. Another deciding factor for the choice of the Array MX from dilitronics was also the ability to control 4 channels with only one virtual DALI appliance (VDG), and thus allowing integration of up to 256 light points simultaneously.
New Jersey Parking Garage Gets LED Lighting Retrofit
SSLighting Design News Staff
November 26, 2013...Bergen County, the most populous county in New Jersey, has completed a
successful LED lighting retrofit of its multi-level parking facility located at
One County Plaza in Hackensack, New Jersey. The project was undertaken as part
of a county energy savings initiative, and is projected to achieve a 22 percent
reduction in lighting energy costs as well as a reduction in maintenance
Working in concert with Swift Electrical Supply, the Bergen County Parking
Garage replaced 330 high-intensity discharge (HID) fixtures that were each
consuming 84W of power per day each. Based upon the recommendation of August
Sodora, president of Swift Electrical Supply, the maintenance team replaced the
HID fixtures with Light Efficient Design’s LED-8025-DL lamps. The 52 W
8025-DL lamps are fully encapsulated with an E26 medium base mounting that
integrates LED technology into a low bay/utility lamp.
“The LED-8025 52W Low Bay Retrofit lamps made retrofitting
easy,” Sodora explains. “The maintenance team could
deactivate the ballast, but leave it in the fixture and simply screw the lamps
in. That made a lot less work for them.”
Sodora estimates that the LED-8025 lamps will reduce monthly energy costs by
22 percent. “The maintenance team expects to recoup their
installation costs in less than two years,” Sodora says.
“Bergen County officials have been very happy with the results. The
retrofit has been a cost-effective, energy savings solution.”
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