Green Casinos LED retrofits

Tribal Green Casinos: Lighting

LED Lighting Retrofit at the Snoqualmie Casino

Presented by: Harold Ellebracht with the Snoqualmie Casino

Changing lightbulbs can be harder than you think!

Most commercial and residential lighting comes from incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs. LEDs are bulbs or lamps that produce light by using light-emitting diodes as the source of illumination. LEDs use a semiconductor device that converts the electricity into light by using the movement of electrons. Harold Ellebracht, director of facilities at the Snoqualmie Casino, has switched all casino and restaurant lighting to LED bulbs in an effort to save a lot of money and help save the environment. Harold describes this experience and the results of switching to LED lights as a ‘win-win situation’ -good for the casino’s power consumption and the customers’ enjoyable experience. This case study is a record of Snoqualmie Casino’s process and results.

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LED Lighting Retrofit at the Black Bear Casino Resort

Presented by: Bruno Zagar, Environmental Specialist with Black Bear Casino Resort

Bruno Zagar is the environmental specialist and energy project manager at Black Bear Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. When Bruno started working on increasing energy efficiency, he began with energy efficiency audits in order to see what could be done to reduce energy consumption. Lighting retrofits were one of the first selected projects because LED conversion provides the most ‘bang for your buck’. The next step was to apply to the Department of Energy for a grant, which was unfortunately denied. Considering cost effective payback and utility rates, Bruno and his team launched an LED retrofitting process with a pilot project to replace five lights in the corner of the parking garage. The cameras in the parking garage require a certain amount of luminosity and the search began to find the best fixtures for the task. Toshiba and Sunpark proved to be the best fit. Since the lights have been installed they have yielded only very positive results. The pilot was the first step in a more comprehensive and community-wide LED retrofit process in 35 public and commercial buildings.

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