On Feb. 1, General Electric announced it would discontinue the compact fluorescent light (CFL) in the U.S. by the end of the year in favor of its eco-friendly, cost-efficient sibling, the light emitting diode (LED). Nick Diligente, marketing manager for hospitality at Current, powered by GE,
spoke with LODGING about how the company’s “out with the old and in with the new” philosophy helps hoteliers.
Fluorescent bulbs are being phased out in favor of LED lighting—how was that type of bulb inferior to new products on the market? As LED costs continue to decline and new LED lighting products are introduced, LED adoption is surging, while demand for CFLs and other less-efficient technology is declining. LED usage is anticipated to grow from 28 percent today to 95 percent by 2025. Because of their large energy-savings payback, the cost of waiting is significant.
What are the benefits of switching to LED bulbs? Whether your property is going through a dramatic transformation or if you simply are going through a round of property improvement plan renovations, by just simply updating your space with lights, you can achieve the goals you have set out to accomplish. An LED installation can also be the best fiscal property decision you will ever make. We have seen paybacks on our services in as quickly as two years.
What lighting trends are taking shape in 2016? Owners want more functionality from their lights, such as data-driven controls, which allow the owner to understand his or her own energy usage. And the shift toward a clean, simple design that uses lighting as an art form is something that only LEDs can deliver.