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Key findings from new research on LED use in hotels

LED lighting solutions [1]

Image courtesy of Philips

Jenny Ya He, with teams at the Centre for Sustainable Development and the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at the University of Cambridge, has conducted a study into LED use in hotels.

LEDs have become increasingly popular in hotels over the past few years, but there has been little understanding of how the technologies actually perform in the hotel environment; their high up-front cost also poses a significant barrier to hotel use. The rationale of this research is to assess how LEDs perform in hotels, the strategies which hoteliers adopt to implement projects, and the various financing mechanisms that can help operators overcome the up-front cost barrier to LED retrofit.

The research involved case study interviews with several hotel chains,  fieldwork in the UK and US on financing mechanisms, and a survey regarding hoteliers views on LEDs and financing mechanisms. The organisations involved in this study include Marriott International, Whitbread PLC, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, SEVEn (the Energy Efficiency Centre), and several energy efficiency finance companies.

The research revealed that:

Recommendations:

Quantitative analysis of the Energy Efficiency Financing survey and two hotel case studies utilising external financing schemes will be accomplished by the end of 2012. We hope to feature them on Green Hotelier so watch this space.

For more information on the report please contact Jenny [2] by email or see her Cambridge University Bio [3]
For more information on sustainable fittings in hotels see our article on sustainable furniture, fixtures and fittings [4] or on retro-fitting hotels [5]


[1] A-lamps [2] CALiPER Application Summary Report 17: LED AR111 Lamps; CALiPER Summary Report Round 12