Retrofitting Hotels for Energy-Efficient Lighting

There is no question, LED lights are here to stay. They’re more energy efficient, last longer, and are better for the environment than standard lights. For hotels, where lighting incurs significant costs, these qualities make LEDs highly desirable. However, even with prices dropping over the past five years, retrofitting a hotel with LED lighting can be a daunting task, and many hoteliers may be overwhelmed by the prospect of replacing their existing lamps with LED alternatives. Dean Ernst, director of marketing at LED Source, a leading solutions provider, explains that for almost all hoteliers, the benefit of switching to LEDs outweighs the cost.

How is LED lighting superior to other options? Beyond the energy savings, the latest LEDs offer a better quality of light than incandescent and fluorescent lamps. The color rendering of the light is better, the light output is much larger, so LEDs can be brighter while using fewer watts.

How can hoteliers mitigate the costs of retrofitting their properties for LED lights? Rebates are one of the most effective options right now. There’s so much out there that every lighting project should be eligible for some sort of rebate or credit.


What if retrofitting the entire hotel isn’t feasible? Start with lobbies, hallways, and other common areas that are operating 24/7. That’s where you’ll see the biggest difference in energy savings, and you’ll see it right away.

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