Case Study Facts
The iO Hotel in Eschborn, Germany, is the youngest member of the Contel Hotel Group that is also running hotels in Mainz, Koblenz, Darmstadt and Limburg. The hotel mainly attracts business travellers. It offers almost 300 guest rooms with modern facilities, 5 meeting rooms for events for up to 500 people, a restaurant, a hotel bar and a large gym. The iO Hotel was constructed with a focus on energy efficiency. The monthly energy consumption of the hotel is 22000 KW, costing €7500 per month (around $9,500 AUD). Even before the iO Hotel’s opened in October 2010, the Contel Hotel Group had been searching for an energy-efficient alternative to traditional incandescent and halogen lighting to help combat rising energy costs. But in the selection of an eco-friendly solution, it was also considered particularly important to choose high quality, reliable, lighting which looks good and provides a comfortable ambience. Verbatim’s LED lights were selected by the iO Hotel to deliver this. “LED lighting has been a hot topic in the hotel industry for some time, so we are very pleased to have now installed Verbatim LED lighting in the hotel, says iO Hotel Manager Uwe Bärsch. “We were particularly looking for a solution for our public areas which are lit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are a significant contributor to our energy costs.” More than 200 Verbatim LED PAR16 GU10 downlights are now used at the hotel’s reception desk, lobby, restaurant and hallways in the conference area. “The Verbatim LEDs convinced us for three reasons: Energy savings, long lifetime and outstanding light quality,” explains Uwe Bärsch. Verbatim LED PAR16 GU10 downlights only consume 4W, providing a 90 per cent reduction in energy costs when compared to the 40W halogen lights that they replace. The LEDs also deliver a luminous flux of 100 lumens and warm white light with colour temperature of 2850K. “The lamps provide a welcoming atmosphere which is of great importance for us in the hotel business,” says Bärsch. With their built-in temperature management control system Verbatim LEDs guarantee a lifetime of 25,000 hours, thus, reducing maintenance costs.