LED lighting is a non-negotiable piece of a hotel upgrade.
Renovating a hotel is never an easy task, especially when it involves converting a value hotel into a high-end luxury-brand property. Under the direction of Sanjay Sukhramani, managing director of Vega Hospitality Group, Burr Ridge, IL, the Crowne Plaza Chicago Southwest hotel in Burr Ridge underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation to turn the older, dated hotel, into a renovated Crowne Plaza, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group.
The three-story, 123-guestroom hotel is a 20-min. drive from downtown Chicago, conveniently located between the city’s O’Hare and Midway airports. Within walking distance to downtown Burr Ridge, hotel visitors can find ample shopping, restaurants, and other leisure activities in the community.
Opened in May 2017, the newly redesigned hotel features all-new guest rooms, a 24-hr. fitness center, indoor pool, nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of banquet/meeting facilities, and a new restaurant. The renovation also involved a completely new exterior, roof, and windows.
One of the major objectives during the renovation’s planning was a strong commitment to the environment and reducing the hotel’s carbon footprint. Sukhramani’s decision to use LED lighting was a non-negotiable factor in specifying and selecting the facility’s lighting. Sustainability was key.
“Lighting affects every room in the hotel,” he said. “It was not something that we took for granted. The lighting has to reflect the beauty and craftsmanship of our hotel without wasting energy. We are excited about the beautiful amenities of our property. However, if our guests don’t notice the special details of the facility under the lights, then we might not be making our best impression.”
After careful investigation and reviewing lumen levels and color-rendering tests, the project decision makers specified A19 and A21 LED EarthBulbs from EarthTronics, Muskegon, MI. The Energy Star-rated light bulbs feature multi-chipset, high-power LEDs; an advanced cooling system that provides extended performance life; color rendering of greater than 80; and smooth dimming capabilities from 100% to less than 5%.
The 13-W A19 EarthBulb LED delivers 1100 lumens and replaces a standard 75-W incandescent bulb, while the 17-W A21 LED produces 1600 lumens to replace 100-W incandescent bulbs. Both provide full radial illumination. Hotel guests have additional control over their lighting with the three-way A21 EarthBulb LED providing 450, 800, and 1600 lumens, respectively, to replace 40-, 60-, and 100-W incandescent light levels. Guests can select three levels of lighting (low, medium, and high) for various applications and moods at the flip of a switch for a ceiling fixture and table or floor lamp.
“The bedroom and bathroom in our guest rooms have a much more residential feel. The LED lamps respond just like the incandescent bulb they replace,” Sukhramani said. “The LEDs provide 2700 K of soft white color to provide a warmer, comforting lighting to make our guests feel right at home and relaxed during their stay.”
Each of the A-type light bulbs has a 25,000 hr.-rated life and a 10-yr. warranty to reduce unexpected maintenance costs. The luminaires provide an energy savings that exceeds 80% for a quick return on investment.