Eco-innovation transforms Boston hotel
Since its opening in 1900, the Lenox Hotel has remained one of Boston's most prized historical landmarks and today is famous for its unwavering commitment to eco-innovation. The Lenox has become a benchmark in hospitality and environmental sustainability, launching an industry-first environmental program and continuing its efforts as a global pioneer in luxury urban ecotourism.
The hotel's aging fluorescent exterior lighting system was expensive to run and maintain. Maintenance was only done twice a year and resulted in months of burnt-out fixtures that were visible to passersby. Lenox management decided it was time to update the outdated lighting with a new technology that was sensitive to the preservation of both the hotel's rich history and its focus on sustainability.
The Lenox management team and Foley Electric chose Color Kinetics to replace the exterior lighting because of its outstanding reputation for illuminating many of Boston's famous landmarks. ColorGraze MX4 Powercore RGBA luminaires were installed to highlight the decorative rooftop cornice of the historic urban building and enhance the atmosphere of the building.
On most days, the luminaires emit a soft white or gold light that complement the Lenox Hotel's black and gold exterior. Management also has the flexibility to easily change the color scheme to celebrate holidays, New England sports teams, and local events. The new system has lowered maintenance and energy costs and has been another way to further the hotel's commitment to the environment.