Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 33

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New lighting will increase
sustainability efforts and
highlight the ambiance
at your hotels.
by LARRY MOGELONSKY, P.ENG., MBA
F YOU'RE STILL USING TRADITIONAL LIGHTING, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT IT'S
costing you, on average, 20 percent of your total energy consumption. As the
cost of energy increases, this is a good area for generating cost savings.
Converting your property's lighting to LED (light emitting diodes) is standard
practice these days, with numerous benefits beginning with energy savings
and reduced maintenance costs. And unlike the curlicue CFCs brought on with
great fanfare in the 1990s and the traditional filament bulb predecessors, LEDs
are not that simple. There are a myriad of variations, and some technical knowledge
is necessary to ensure that your property is outfitted appropriately.
Unlike conventional light bulbs, LEDs don't really burn out, rather, their output
slowly reduces over time. We consider an LED worn out when their light diminishes to 70 percent (the specification will use the term L70) of their original output.
Depending upon the temperature and the utilization, this could be 10 or 20 years,
which is a very long time compared to traditional incandescent or even fluorescent
lighting. For most applications, this means that once installed, you will never have
to worry about replacement.
The advantages of LEDs are significant. They turn on instantly and radiate little
heat. They are highly directional, giving no upward light, and with proper optics,
there is no sideways glare. They have no UV, mercury or toxic gases and are highly
resistant to physical shock and vibration. Lastly, they have a long life and this reduces
carbon footprint and landfill.
I myself am a guinea pig, having decided to make my new condominium green by
full converting to LEDs. The education I received was a real eye opener. Any hotelier
who thinks that you can merely unscrew a traditional bulb and insert an LED into
the socket is mistaken. There is a lot to learn and it's best that I acquaint you with
what you'll need to know to make your conversion a success.
In my own case, my education was a combination of theory coupled with trial and
error. Suffice it to say that every installation is different and your own situation may
dictate changes to your approach.
Let's set aside manufacturer and costs for a moment and get into the basics of
LED specification. It all starts with how an LED saves electricity through generating
more light with less electrical current. But, that's only a start, as with LED's you also
need to address color temperature and color accuracy.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - September 2017

Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
Aahoa Interview
Technology
There’s More to Led Conversions Than Just Cost Savings
Case Study
Aahoa Interview
Small Business
Housekeeping
Property Taxes
Leadership
Marketing
Finance q&a
Back of the House
Final Thoughts
Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
Aahoa Founding Members
Aahoa @ Industry
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - intro
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - cover1
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - cover2
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 3
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 8
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 9
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the Chairman
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 11
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the President & CEO
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 13
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 15
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 18
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 21
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 25
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Technology
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 31
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - There’s More to Led Conversions Than Just Cost Savings
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 33
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Case Study
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 37
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 39
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Small Business
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 41
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Housekeeping
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 43
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Property Taxes
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - 45
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Leadership
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Marketing
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Finance q&a
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Back of the House
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Founding Members
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa @ Industry
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Classifieds
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Advertiser Index
Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Final Thoughts
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