In an effort to become a greener, more energy-efficient hotel, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort has installed LED lighting by Cree Inc., Durham, N.C. One of Orlando's largest resorts, the hotel recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation that included replacing traditional, antiquated lighting fixtures in its 54 hallways, as well as its freshly refurbished 10,000-square-foot lobby.

“We are constantly looking for ways to cut down on utility costs, and our lobbies and hallways are lit 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Rick Jackson, chief engineer, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. “Working with Regency Lighting, we were able to compare the cost and energy savings of Cree LED products with the traditional lighting we had been using. The LED lighting installations in the hotel hallways and lobby are not only significantly reducing our electric bill and saving on maintenance costs, but are providing better quality lighting for our guests.”

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress replaced halogen lighting fixtures located between each hotel room with Cree LR6 LED recessed downlights. Cree LR6 fixtures consume just 10.5W of power, an impressive 90-percent energy savings over the two 50W halogen bulbs they replaced. Additionally, the Cree LED downlights are designed for a 50,000-hour lifetime, which can reduce maintenance costs while providing a clear, crisp quality of light. The second LED lighting application included exchanging existing halogen lighting in the lobby with Cree LRP-38 LED bulbs, saving more than 80 percent on energy consumption alone. The Cree light bulb was specified by Regency Lighting based on its color rendering (92 CRI) and tightly focused beam (20 degrees), required to highlight the lobby's palm trees and indoor garden.

“Accent lighting, like the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress' lobby lighting, is often sacrificed when you make the switch to more energy-conscious lighting,” explained Tommy Mydlo, Regency Lighting. “The Cree LRP-38 adds back in the beautiful accent lighting guests are accustomed to experiencing, while providing the hotel with an environmentally friendly, fiscally prudent alternative to traditional halogen bulbs.”