Elizabethan hotel cuts energy costs in LED makeover

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A grade-I listed Elizabethan hotel in Suffolk has seen its electricity use fall by a third, after replacing its existing lighting with energy efficient LEDs.

Hintlesham Hall Hotel, a 16th century manor house in Ipswich, was fitted with more than 600 Lumilife LED lamps in a bid to significantly cut costs and energy consumption. The whole hotel required a lighting update, from the guest rooms to the corridors and dining rooms, and sourcing high-performance, cost-saving lamps was a top priority for the owners.

LED Hut Trade’s Lumilife range ticked all the boxes, allowing Hintlesham Hall’s director Ray Payne to give the hotel a modern, energy-efficient lighting makeover while maintaining the desired look and feel throughout.

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Ray explains: “When it came to updating the lighting at Hintlesham Hall, we knew we wanted to move over to cost- and energy-saving LEDs – but our main challenge was finding a supplier that could provide all the different types of lamps we needed. We opted for LED Hut Trade because of its vast product range – from dimmable spotlights for the bedrooms to candle-shaped lamps for the chandeliers in the dining rooms. The expert sales team was really helpful, offering advice on the best products to meet our needs and providing sample lamps for us to trial.

“Our on-site maintenance team found the installation process straightforward, with the vast majority of the lamps simply direct replacements that work seamlessly with our existing fittings. Even with the few that weren’t, we were able to make the necessary adjustments and fit them ourselves, without the help of an electrician.

“Calculations show that our investment will pay for itself in just one year, with continued savings for many more to come.”

The retrofit project saw Hintlesham Hall install a mixture of GU10, B22, E27, E14, and G9 LEDs to replace its existing halogen and incandescent bulbs. As a result, the hotel has already reduced its overall electricity use by 40,722W compared to the same time last year – a significant 32% saving.

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