ROI: 2.7 years
Energy savings, product quality and maintenance ease drives back of house LED lighting upgrade rollout of car park, fire stairs & service corridors for Queensland resort
Electricity: 300,767 kWh pa
336 fluorescent batten fittings (T8 36W 1200mm single & double) were replaced by 312 Chamaeleon standard and emergency fittings in the fire stairs, back of house corridors, car park driveways & parking bays.
enLighten's 90w 2 module Tauro Blu LED low bay lights replaced double fluorescent battens in the undercover car park entries.
A competitive project payback of 2.7 years was achieved despite a competitive electricity tariff rate, due to the hotel's extended 24/7 operating hours.
Country Director of Engineering Stephen Coombs looked at T8 to T5 adaptors for the back of house area lighting upgrades, but was keen to replace the ageing lighting infrastructure and dated technology with LED, which offered lower repair and maintenance costs. The hotel had already completed successful LED lighting upgrades in guest rooms and lobby areas.
Stephen tested a sample Chamaeleon fitting and was impressed with the quality of manufacturing and serviceability features. enLighten's QLD Sales Executive, Tony Arhanic, assisted with a lighting audit & specification of the Chamaeleon light models, according to the specific lighting needs of the space.
CAPEX funding for the back of house lighting upgrade was secured in conjunction with other air conditioning related works under a combined electricity reduction project bid.
Control settings customisation
A range of standard, permanently on & emergency Chamaeleon lights were specified with the ability to customise the reach & timer settings of the integrated microwave motion sensor within each light fitting. In the undercover car park parking bays, the detection range was reduced from the standard 8m down to 2m, so that passing cars would not trigger the parking bay lights to switch to full light output. The timer settings were also increased from standard 15 seconds up to 2 minutes to allow car park visitors ample time to park, load or unload luggage and make their way to the carpark lift.
In the service corridor areas, timer settings were also increased to 2 minutes as these areas were high use.
Since installation was completed in early 2015, Steven has hosted many colleague visits and the Queensland Chapter of the Institute of Hotel Engineers, The back of house lighting upgrade results will form part of the hotel's Sustainability Award submission for the 2015 Queensland Tourism Awards.