LEDs used to save energy in IHG hotels in Jordan
LED tech turning the lighting industry "upside down", says expert
IHG is using energy-saving light fixtures to contribute to its environmentally friendly initiatives in its properties in Jordan, the company said.
"Cost saving and being able to implement cost-efficient solutions are major advantages to any facility manager. Being able to improve the bottom line will bring added value to your organisation," said Michael Dehn, group exhibitions director, Epoc Messe Frankfurt, in an interview with Facilities Management Middle East.
At InterContinental Aqaba Resort, procedures are undertaken to reduce the consumption of electricity and water, such as switching off computers, lights and AC in offices after operation, and water meters have been put in place to monitor all the areas on a daily basis. Plans are also underway to replace regular lights with light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs.
At Crowne Plaza Amman, energy-saving LEDs are being installed, along with water saving fittings in bathrooms, which saves more than 10% of water consumption. The old diesel boiler burners have been replaced with new ones that increase efficiency by 5%, as well as reduce the fuel consumption and gas emissions.
At Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea, work is underway to replace incandescent lamps and spot lights with LED light bulbs. Also, the lighting level has been changed and wall lighting has been used instead of ceiling; this saves energy as it is much lower in wattage. The resort also takes care of recycling all waste and used material. Energy consumption monitoring is done on a daily basis.
The use of LED lighting is a growing trend in the industry. In an interview with Facilities Management Middle East, John Storey, product and business development director of Honeywell's LED Lighting, electrical devices & sSystems division, , said LED technology is a dramatic transformation that’s turning the industry upside-down. He added that the main benefit of using these lights is the energy savings, although they also have a longer lifespan. This saves on maintenances costs.
He added: "One of the great green credentials of LED lighting is the absence of any mercury product. That’s a huge benefit for the green agenda."
The feature on the lighting industry in the Middle East can be read in the September 2012 issue of Facilities Management Middle East.