Dorsett Singapore first in Southeast Asia to use more than 95% LED lamps

SINGAPORE: The Dorsett Singapore Hotel and Residences (DSHR) is the first new-built hotel in Southeast Asia to use more than 95% LED lights to illuminate its halls. DSHR is owned and managed by Hong Kong-based Dorsett Hospitality International.

The lighting designs by lighting consultants EcoLight Design Consultants (EDC) allows DSHR to reduce its lighting power consumption by over 45% compared with the use of conventional lighting technologies such as fluorescent, incandescent and halogen.

With over 50% of the lights operating 24 hours a day, the savings from the reduced power consumption translate into substantial operational cost savings. Maintenance costs are also significantly reduced as LED lights have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours.

According to EDC executive director Ong Wei Ping, with the evolution, development and increasing stability of LED lights, LED lamps are becoming progressively adaptable across multiple applications.

EDC’s portfolio includes residential, commercial and industrial projects such as Five Chancery, 52 Stevens and Bishan Park in Singapore.

“As such, the many unique lighting requirements of the different areas in and around the hotel can be fulfilled through LED lighting technology,” he said in a statement.

The lighting design complements the hotel’s architectural and interior design intent. The key lighting features of the DSHR include specially programmed LED lights on the facade with subtle animation, seamless LED cove lighting in the corridors and guest rooms that provide consistently even light source while generating minimal amounts of ambient heat.

DSHR general manager Philip Wong said the hotel has made its projections and believes that the overall savings from the operating costs of the property far outweigh any initial upfront cost of implementing energy efficient technologies.

DSHR is also the first hotel in Southeast Asia to incorporate the use of plasma lighting technology, an energy efficient lighting technology with a powerful and long light throw.

A single 1,000W plasma lamp can consistently and evenly illuminate an entire face of the 10-storey hotel’s building façade. Comparatively, a conventional lighting design would have had to rely on three or four metal-halide lamps to achieve a similar level of lighting and even then, the quality of illumination would not have been up to its standards.

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on April 26, 2013.

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