Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort

Back of house LED lighting upgrade

Project Payback

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


Energy: 84%

Electricity: 300,767 kWh pa

Project Overview

Building on the successful retrofit of T8 fluorescent batten fire stair lighting at the Courtyard by Marriott North Ryde in Sydney, Country Director of Engineering Stephen Coombs extended the roll-out of the Chamaeleon LED light across undercover car park, fire stair and back of house corridors in the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort.


We were able to upgrade our ageing fluorescent lighting for over 80% energy savings and reduced maintenance within a competitive payback period. I'm particularly impressed with the Chamaeleon light's plug in / plug out feature which allows for a simple, same day swap over without having to isolate the power.

Stephen Coombs Country Director of Engineering


  • Marriott Car Park Entry
  • Marriott Hotel Carpark Standby
  • Marriott Hallway
  • Marriott Fire Stair
  • Marriott Hotel Surfers Paradise

The Solution

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.

Project Background

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.

Industry outreach

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.


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