“They are much better than the ﬂuorescents that were there before,” notes Yarnell. “On this job almost every ﬁxture is LED and we had no issues, no color shifts.” This makes for a lighting design that’s as efﬁcient as it is easy to control.
“For the decorative rings, the lamps are only one watt each, so even the smallest ring has tremendous visual impact at an energy cost of 32 watts. We have experienced between a 70% and 80% decrease in energy usage without sacriﬁcing lighting levels.”
Getting the Job Done “The largest challenge for this project was dealing with assumed dimensions from original plans versus real [as built] dimensions. Especially for the new entry glowing glass walls, we were counting on at least 4 in. of open space behind the glass,” Yarnell explains. “Real dimensions were sometimes down to 2.5 in. as the original construction wasn’t built square with property easement lines. Getting the glass to glow evenly was a huge challenge and more ﬁxtures on tighter spacings had to be purchased to achieve the ﬁnal visible uniformity.” The second large challenge for this job was the recession: “The
project was actually shut down at one point and then started up
The three subtle, yet distinct chandeliers are at the heart of the lobby transformation. Not only do the custom luminaires, created by Visa Lighting, incorporate LED in an elegant manner, they blend seamlessly and do not compete with the skylight above during daylight hours. The rings range from 12 ft. to 32 ft. Each 3,500 K LED “stem” is only a single watt and create small points of light at a variety of heights. The theme was also applied to the portecochere area with two 18-ft. rings.
again. So, we were involved for almost ﬁve years from start to ﬁnish with the stoppage due to the recession,” adds Yarnell, who notes that spending was never lavish, even after the project started up again. Still, he says, the apparent value has helped the hotel to be well placed for major business as the economy has improved. “The owners have been pleased with new business that the renovation has delivered.”•
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Chronicling the Advancement of LED and Solid-State Lighting in the Built Environment.