Hilton Austin Gets LED Retrofit Lamps From Toshiba
SSLDesign News Staff
May 23, 2013...
Austin, Texas USA, which is renowned for live music, boasts a lively entertainment scene which draws crowds of thousands each weekend and sells out hotel rooms. The 31 story Hilton on 4th street adjacent to the Austin Convention Center is a prime choice for tourists looking for a hotel brand they can trust right in the heart of Austin’s downtown.
Hilton Austin's management decided to upgrade their lighting throughout the hotel. They turned to Toshiba to supply the retrofit lamps that would replace traditional lamp sources in the lobby and coffee shop. Some 1,000 LED-based PAR38s, MR16s and A19s were installed.
The Hilton’s Director of Property Operations, John Culp, paired up with Bell & McCoy’s Jim Martin mange the project. According to Hilton, the quality of light, superior performance and aesthetic appeal were all achieved at the completion of this two phase retrofit project.
Toshiba says that the LED-lamps provide superior light quality with a variety of color temperatures and distributions and use up to 85% less energy than incandescent and halogen lamps. The company says that they also emit up to 70% less UV rays than traditional sources and are backed by Toshiba's five-year limited warranty
The Hilton team chose to use Toshiba's LED-baed retrofit lamps after learning of the significant energy savings and reduced maintenance costs that would result from the change. Toshiba’s PAR38 LED lamps have a rated life of 40,000 hours, three times longer than traditional light bulbs.Because the lights are used 24hrs/day. Hilton expects a return on their investment within just 18 months (based on $.095/kWh of electricity).
Marshalls Installs Marl LED Floodlights
SSLDesign News Staff
May 21, 2013...Marshalls plc, a UK landscaping transformation company, has installed Marl
International Bay Range LED floodlighting to stockyards at five of its
manufacturing sites. The Bay Range LED floodlights replace high pressure sodium
and metal halide floodlights. Marl says that the LED floodlights reduce the
energy consumption per floodlight by up to 75%.
Pete Stevens, Group Energy and Carbon Manager at Marshalls plc, who was
responsible for managing this project, said, “Marl LED floodlights not
only offer a clear environmental benefit but contribute to the group bottom
line too. Replacing high level floodlights is an expensive exercise, but
despite the relatively high installation costs on this part of the project, the
payback in projects using the Marl lights is just 18 months. This figure
includes the reduction in maintenance costs due to the much longer life of the
Marshalls has an exceptionally strong sustainability culture. The Marl
floodlighting is one element of a lighting project being rolled out across the
Marshalls Group that has reduced the company's energy consumption. Marl and
Marshalls worked together to determine the type and design of yard lighting to
meet the operational needs of Marshalls.
Pete Stevens added, “The Marl floodlights are a major step forward
in helping us to reduce carbon emissions, and reduce on-going maintenance
replacement of bulbs. It was great to work in partnership with Marl to bring
about a successful project.”
Pete noted that the light provided by Marl 60W and 94W Bay Range 748 and 774
Series floodlights was at least as good as that provided by the existing high
pressure sodium lamps which draw at least 400W. As a result, he authorized the
replacement of over 500 lighting fixtures. These included high lights over the
loading bays themselves, low level lighting around the buildings and high level
lights on the roadways at the site.
Pete concluded, “The project as a whole shows just how much carbon
is generated around the business by lighting, and proves that energy efficient
lighting isn’t just about increased sustainability but also provides an
attractive financial return. We are looking at using LED lighting in other
areas, including our offices.”
The Marl 774 Series floodlights installed at Marshalls manufacturing sites
are 94W triple bay lights producing clear, cool white light output. Marl says
that triple lighting module provides great versatility. All three modules can
be pointed downwards to provide a powerful concentrated beam, or the outer
modules can be angled to disperse light over a wide area by using the
adjustment settings. According to Marl the triple lighting module is ideal for
the illumination of large areas including car parks, industrial estates,
quarries and railway stabling yards.
The company asserts that the 748 Series delivers considerable maintenance
cost savings, with its long rated life of 60,000 hours, equivalent to over 13
years at 12 hours per day. In this time, a halogen floodlight would need to be
replaced 30 times, based on a standard life of 2,000 hours. Marl is offering an
up to five-year guarantee on the light.
Robe Specified for 'Moses-The Ten Commandments' World Premiere at Theatre St. Gallen
May 17, 2013...Moving lights from Robe’s latest ROBIN MMX and DL Series ranges were utilised by Lighting Designer Michael Grundner for the world premiere of “Moses – The Ten Commandments” a new musical extravaganza by Michael Kunze and Dieter Falk being staged at the Theatre St. Gallen in Switzerland.
• ROBIN® MMX Spot
• ROBIN® DLX Spot
• ROBIN® DLF Wash
• ROBIN® DLS Profile
The creative brief for Grundner’s lighting design was to mimic the style and genre of the show – ‘contemporary rock and pop with gospel elements’ – for which the Theatre decided to purchase the new system of Robe moving lights.
The package comprised eight MMX Spots, two DLS Profile, two DLX Spots and 16 DLF Wash fixtures, all of which were specified by the Theatre’s Head of Lighting, Andreas Enzler and his Deputy Andreas Volk … on the recommendation of Grundner among others, and were delivered via Robe’s Swiss distributor, Audio Tech.
They decided on Robe because they sought a versatile, energy saving moving light rig containing high light output fixtures with excellent optics and fast movement. The rig also had to be cost efficient to run – and Robe’s DL and MMX ranges fitted the bill perfectly with their ‘smaller, lighter, brighter’ design concept.
The DL range is fast becoming a popular choice for theatre productions offering a number of important and relevant features like full tungsten emulation, completely shadow free LED lightsources and silent running.
Michael Grundner has been using and specifying Robe products in his work for some time, which includes a raft of musicals, corporate event designs and concerts worldwide for José Carreras – for whom he has been the LD since 2011.
The new fixtures are distributed between the Theatre’s advanced, front and rear house lighting bars.
The DLS’s framing shutters are a big plus, with individual control of each shutter blade position and angle, together with rotation of the complete framing module. As well as providing either a sharp or soft frame for the projected image, the system can produce new effects through pre-programmed shutter blade shape and movement sequences. As with the Robe entire DL luminaire range, the associated LED source is ultra smooth and shadow free.
The Award winning DLF is a perfect companion to the DLX, and is based on the same RGBW LED module, with a fabulously smooth output via the front fresnel lens. Mechanical features include a newly designed linear motorized zoom of 5.5° - 60° and a diffusion filter that extends the zoom up to 75°! An internal barn door module can be used for creating different shapes, while advanced software features include RGBW or CMY colour mixing, a set of calibrated whites, CTO, tungsten lamp emulation (amber shift) and more.
The DLX Spot uses a unique new RGBW LED light source resulting in colour outputs brighter than most 1200 Watt discharge units … with an average eco-friendly power consumption of only 250 Watts. A myriad of effects can be produced using a combination of the static and rotating gobo wheels with custom replaceable positions, plus variable frost, three-faceted prism, superfast iris and more... including full range theatrical grade dimming and variable strobe.
The new technology of Robe’s MMX Spot gives it a light output similar to most existing 1200W luminaires plus neat features like hot-spot control. Its key feature -the 'Dual Graphics Wheel' – presents two fully controllable contra-rotating plates that can be positioned anywhere in the light path to produce amazing visual effects.
In the Moses production, the fixtures are used to create a plethora of different effects and looks in a performance replete with colour and drama reproducing numerous locations and environments involved in the biblical epic charting the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
Lighting was programmed by Andreas Volk and Vera Ostfalk and is being operated by Vera Ostfalk, Andreas Volk and Andreas Enzler using an ETC Eos console.
A high profile list of production credits also include Video Designer Sven Ortel, Set Designer Francis O’Connor and Costume Designer Joan O’Cleary, and the Director is Martin Duncan.
The show is currently scheduled to run until summer 2014, with the possibility of a further extension.
White Light Supplies LED-Based Lighting for The Jacksons: Unity Tour
SSLDesign News Staff
May 14, 2013...White Light was chosen to supply lighting for the The Jackson's: Unity Tour,
which performed at packed venues across the UK in March of this year. Jackie,
Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon took to the stage each night. Their high-energy performances were matched with a range of
powerful lighting visuals designed by Lighting Director Theryn Knight.
For the UK part of the tour, Knight and Production Manager Scotty Ross
worked with Lester Cobrin, White Light's Head of Concert Touring, to choose the
layout of the lighting rig. After toured the show in America, Knight decided to
turn to mostly LED lighting for the UK tour. "In the US, we used mostly
conventional sources - incandescent pars and similar - which didn't give me a
lot of flexibility and required constantly changing gels," Knight said.
With the opportunity to design the new rig, she looked to LED technology.
Knight used the flexible LED-based lighting rig to create variety of looks
throughout each performance which flowed seamlessly from one to the next as the
Jackson 5 stars treated audiences to fan favorites.
Knight specified more than 30 of JB Lighting's VaryLED A7 Zooms for use
overhead and on the deck. She employed the VaryLED fixtures for increased
flexibility, vibrant colors, and wide angle coverage to give the show bright
and bold looks. Knight used a dozen Pixeline 1044 LED units to display patterns
and color effects. Martin Mac 2000 Profiles added further depth.
In addition to being impressed with the equipment's versatility Knight, was
also impressed with the service and support of White Light. "As with every
tour," she explained, "each venue brings its own challenges, but
service and support from White Light throughout the UK has been outstanding.
The knowledge and willingness of the staff was incredibly valuable, meaning any
changes were handled with ease and efficiency. "
New GE LED Lighting Helps Las Vegas Sands Save Money and Reduce Environmental Impact
SSLDesign News Staff
May 9, 2013...Retrofitting GE LED lighting is helping Las Vegas Sands Corp. curb the environmental
impact at its leading resort and meeting properties. As part of its "Sands ECO
360 Green Meetings" program, Las Vegas Sands has completed an expansive
energy-efficient LED lighting upgrade to its meeting spaces at The Venetian and The
Palazzo Las Vegas replaced halogen lamps in their meeting rooms with
more than 5,700 energy smart® BR30 LED lamps. This is expected to reduce the
resort’s annual electricity use by nearly 4.1 million kilowatt hours
(kWh), saving more than $400,000 in annual lighting costs.
The move to GE’s energy-efficient LED lighting solution further
enhances Las Vegas Sands’ comprehensive Sands ECO 360°Global
Sustainability program that features an array of best practices in four
integral areas—green buildings, environmentally responsible operations,
green meetings, and stakeholder engagement.
“The team at GE Lighting impressed us with the range of products
that help us conserve even more energy without sacrificing the high aesthetic
standards that our meeting and convention customers expect of a five-diamond
resort and meeting center,” said Norbert Riezler, senior vice
president and chief procurement and sustainability officer at Las Vegas
Seoul Semiconductor's Streetlights Based on Acrich2 LED Cover a Section of Yang-Zi River Road
SSLDesign News Staff
May 9, 2013...Seoul Semiconductor(SSC) has announced the completion of its installation
of Acrich LED streetlights covering a section of 30km on Yang-zi River road in
Yangzhou city. The company contends that Acrich LED streetlights, were chosen
for the project in the city because they
minimize the payback period within three years. The company says that this
reduced payback period is because the cost of installation and maintenance are
dramatically reduced. Seoul Semiconductor also asserts that Acrich streetlight
is brighter and lighter than conventional DC LED streetlights.
The Acrich 2 module is composed of MJT 4040 packages. Multi Junction
Technology is applied and Acrich IC replaces an AC/DC converter weighing almost
4kg. An AC/DC converter is essential for conventional DC LED module. The
company says that the Acrich2 module enables lighting manufacturers to save
time and cost to design the luminaries. The module raises the power factor up
to 0.99 and offers a luminous efficiency of 100lm/W. Seoul Semiconductor notes
that in addition to having a lifetime as long as 50,000 hours, the AC/DC
converter is not necessary so it does not malfunction or reduce the lifetime of
Jae-bin Choi, the head of lighting division of Seoul Semiconductor mentioned
that Acrich LED which had previously been used for the indoor lighting started
to apply to the streetlights which is one of outdoor lightings, after
China’s recognition of its high confidence and long life span as well as
high output and efficiency, and now other cities, in turn, are establishing
Acrich LED streetlights and tunnel illumination in their streets.
LED Floodlights from Acuity Brands Lithonia Lighting Illuminate Castle
SSLDesign News Staff
May 7, 2013...The Castle Museum in Saginaw, Michigan is now illuminated with 19 Lithonia
Lighting® D-Series LED Flood Luminaires from Acuity Brands Inc. The museum
partnered with Saginaw Sees the Light, a local organization devoted to
illuminating Saginaw's architecture, to showcase the facility's historic
architecture. The newly installed LED floodlights use only 41 Watts per fixture to give
the 40,000-square-foot facility a definitive nighttime presence at a fraction
of the cost of traditional sources. With the new LED floodlights, the Saginaw
Museum can now be illuminated for less than one dollar per night.
D-Series LED flood luminaires use a choice of seven optics to distribute
light to a target area. The D-Series LED Flood Luminaire, Size 1, was used for
this application. However, Lithonia Lighting has two larger sizes of the
D-Series LED floodlights that deliver up to 12,500 lumens. D-Series LED Flood
Luminaire, Size 1, delivers up to 3,675 lumens and has an expected service life
of more than 20 years. The floodlights provide energy savings of about 80
percent versus comparable metal halide luminaires.
"The building's 19 new LED floodlights consume less than 780
watts," said Brad Dobbs, Lithonia Lighting value stream manager. "The
energy savings are incredible with the D-Series floodlight. Additionally,
without lamps to change, the floodlights maximize maintenance savings."
"The fixtures are perfect because they are barely noticeable, and the
real true spotlight is on the architectural features of the building,"
said Ken Santa, castle museum president and CEO. "We were thrilled beyond
belief. The lighting significantly enhances the historic architecture and makes
it possible to enjoy it 24-hours a day."
Osram LED Lighting Solution Implemented at Lenbachhaus Museum
SSLDesign News Staff
May 7, 2013...Lighting solutions for museums needs to not only display the colors of
exhibition objects as true to the original as possible, but also simultaneously
protect works from damage. Osram has installed its LED lighting in the
Lenbachhaus municipal art museum in Munich to achieve both accurate color
rendering and protect the works of art from light damage. Through an Osram
installation, more than 170,000 LEDs and intelligent light controls that can
generate almost 100 different color shades, the works from Kandinsky and Beuys
for example in the very best light.
"We've integrated the complete range of our lighting expertise to create
a globally unique lighting solution," stated Peter Laier, head of
technology at Osram.
On Monday, the Lenbachhaus municipal art museum in Munich opens its doors
again to journalists for the first time at 11 o'clock.Lighting artist Dietmar
Tanterl came up with the fundamental idea for the lighting concept. His idea is
that the artworks should be seen bathed in various light atmospheres, and of
course always with the best possible presentation of art. Osram engineers and
scientists coming from various sectors got together in order to technologically
implement this concept and to develop a solution that until now has not been
used in any museum in the world. The lighting is based in a combination of five
different LEDs whose light is mixed together. The fully dimmable system can now
be flexibly set between warm white (3000 Kelvin), similar to sunrise red, and
daylightsimilar cool white (6000 Kelvin).
The mix was programmed to achieve a very high color rendering index of
greater than 95 for the almost 100 color shades, and with every setting. This
demanded exceedingly tight cooperation between LED and optics development,
light measurement technology, programming and project planning. The technology
was implemented depending on the specific room in the museum, within four types
of luminaire: cove luminaires, light ceiling luminaires, spotlights and
so-called "shed" luminaires in the skylights of the upper floors.
The museum was modernized under the management of the construction
department of the City of Munich and the architectural offices of
Foster+Partners. The lighting solution was implemented together with the
Bamberger and Partner engineering offices. The project was supported by the
Federal Ministry for Education and Research.
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