There might have been a time when the image of luxury was all about wanton consumption. Now, however, high-class venues want to be seen as environmentally friendly.
So how do you light a five-star hotel in an energy-efficient manner, without compromising its ambience?
The Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai Marina has found a solution in a major retrofit lighting project.
The hotel, open since 2005, has replaced more than 24,500 halogen lamps in its guest rooms and public areas with energy-efficient LED lamps from GE.
According to GE, Grosvenor House, which was already using CFL lighting extensively, is making savings of around 80 per cent on its lighting energy bills, and expects the project to have paid for itself in just 18 months.
Hotel manager Pam Wilby said LED lighting was ‘a natural fit to our sustainability goals’.
Grosvenor House's other sustainability measures include a heat recovery system, recycling of cooking oil, cardboard and cans, not serving endangered seafood, and encouraging guests to reuse towels and linen rather than changing them every day.
LED lamps have come a long way in recent years, and after bad early experiences for some clients with lights that turned out to be spotty, dim and blueish (then failed after a few weeks), the latest retrofit products can rival the warmth, brightness and colour quality of halogen.
On top of that come the headline benefits of LED: lower energy consumption and longer lifetime which, in hospitality settings, means big savings on electricity and maintenance bills.
GE’s LED lamps have been used in a number of hospitality projects around the world, including as part of a major nationwide rollout in the UK with the Mitchells & Butlers pub chain, which owns O’Neill’s and Harvester.
The American manufacturer is also the supplier of LED lighting to Walmart, which is switching hundreds of stores to LED in the US and beyond.