"We changed every light point in the hotel to Philips – and 90% are now LEDs. Philips not only provided an energy-efficient solution, but also one that is absolutely right for our hotel."
Thomas Colman, Tifco Procurement Manager
Crowne Plaza Ireland is run by the Tifco Hotel Group. Tifco used to manage its hotel lighting system via its own maintenance team and several subcontractors. Not only was this inefficient in terms of cost and accountability, the lighting system itself mainly used incandescent lamps, which were expensive to operate. With energy costs on the increase, Tifco decided to seek an alternative solution – preferably one that involved just one single supplier.
The main challenge for the team was the size of the project – for example, it included more than 3,000 50 W halogen lamps – and the high expectations of the client. In addition, installation work had to be done with an absolute minimum of disruption to the hotel's guests. And since the Crowne Plaza is one of Dublin's busiest hotels, the project required incredibly precise timing and logistics.
"When we contacted Philips, they immediately recommended that they survey the entire hotel and provide a comprehensive Cost of Ownership tool. We were impressed," says Thomas Colman, Tifco Procurement Manager. "What was also very encouraging was that they did not just recommend lighting solutions for that moment, they identified and planned for solutions which would be available in the future. It was obvious from the start that they were interested in a long-term partnership."
The proposed solution was LED-based lighting. Once the Philips team gave Tifco the calculated savings and payback times, Tifco gave Philips something vitally important - trust. This trust enabled the Philips team to work with Tifco's own people on trying different options and testing various solutions until the right solution was delivered in every area of the hotel. The most widely used solution was the MASTER LEDspot 7 W GU10.
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