LED Dimmable Lamps Help Reduce Energy Costs For Mirage

Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, evokes images of glitz and glamour, where fun happens around the clock. The Mirage Hotel and Casino and Mirage Events Center are a major part of the allure of Las Vegas, attracting leisure and business guests from around the globe. While Mirage staff work diligently to enhance their image and guest amenities, like any business, they also remain focused on being efficient and staying competitive.

The Mirage Events Center, a 90,000-square-foot convention complex at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, meets the high expectations of corporate executives and events planners alike.


The Center’s event spaces create the perfect atmosphere for receptions or meetings, and include special features such as decorative chandeliers and wall sconces.

Jim Hart, the Center’s facilities manager, knows that lighting systems can set the mood of any space, as well as improve safety, efficiency and presentation. “In my business, you want to deliver the look and feel clients desire, while also being energy conscious,” confirms Hart. “At the Mirage, we strive to reduce our carbon footprint and our operating costs by betting on energy-efficient products.”

Maintaining the Center’s vast, outdated lighting systems, most of which are located more than 14 feet above floor, has been a challenge for Mirage staff as lamp-changing efforts are time consuming and interrupt regular visitor foot traffic in the events area. Energy costs are a major concern as well: the inefficiencies and heat generation of 4,000, 18- and 42-watt incandescent lamps significantly increase the energy bills.

In order to improve this situation, Hart faced three issues to resolve:

  • Outmoded lighting fixtures
  • Excessive manpower hours
  • Hot, energy-depleting lamps

He considered several lighting options, seeking to balance the need for energy efficiency and aesthetics with a reduction in costs that included acceptable payback period for any initial investment.

Philips Lighting presented a solution that addressed the Mirage’s concerns for maintenance costs, and delivers an energy-efficient LED solution featuring a dimmable lamp. Most importantly, because the Mirage did not want to replace fixtures, Philips achieved a retrofit solution with its EnduraLED™ A19 Dimmable LED A-Shape Lamp.

With only seven watts of power and a 25,000-hour rated average life1, the EnduraLED A-shape provides smooth dimming to 10 percent of full light levels2 in an elegant design that provides a diffused light source when accenting a wide area. EnduraLED™ is ideal for accent applications in retail and hospitality spaces like Mirage Events Center, which seek to eliminate the hassle of repeated re-lamping in busy areas, but require pleasing white light.

Hart felt he had hit the jackpot with Philips. Now, with 4,000 EnduraLED A19 lamps shedding cool white light in the Mirage Events Center, the Center will enjoy improved efficiencies with less re-lamping and reduced electrical expenses. The product is reliable and an environmentally preferred choice due to its zero mercury properties and long life3. Moreover, Philips introduced the Mirage to an energy rebate for LED usage provided by its utility company, for additional savings.

According to Philips and Mirage calculations, the EnduraLED A19 7-watt lamps will last as much as 25 times longer than the previous incandescent lamps. Specifically, by replacing 1,000 42-watt incandescent lamps, Philips estimates that the Mirage will recover its investment in less than one year due to energy savings alone. The replacement of 3,000 18-watt lamps will achieve a similar payback in just under three years. With less re-lamping and lower air conditioning costs, the payback period is further reduced.

As for carbon footprint impact, the 4,000 Philips EnduraLED A19 7-watt lamps are using 68,000 fewer watts per year. Each year the lamps will eliminate nearly three million pounds of carbon dioxide and significant amounts of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.

“Philips delivered the best solution for our lighting and energy needs,” noted Hart. “We are saving money, yet we did not have to skip on quality or effect.”

Article courtesy of Philips Lighting Company.

  1. Rated average life is the length of operation (in hours) at which point an average of 50% of the lamps will still be operational and 50 percent will not.
  2. Designed for “Leading Edge” TRIAC dimming systems.
  3. EnduraLED retrofits are mercury and lead-free.