Radisson Blu, Edinburgh

Hotel on Edinburgh Royal Mile saves more than £17,000 a year with LED lighting

Full property retrofit at Radisson Blu also reduces CO2 emissions by 78%

The Client

The Radisson Blu Edinburgh is a distinctive, very popular four-star hotel in the historic UNESCO listed Old Town, minutes from the castle and city centre. It is designed to blend into the surrounding medieval architectural with its own 16th-century style façade.

The Brief

Given the historic setting, it was crucial that the exceptional ambience of the hotel was matched and improved by any lighting project.

A full upgrade in all areas to energy-saving LED lighting was required along with a solid business case for the retrofit that identified substantial and sustainable reductions in electricity and maintenance costs, as well as CO2 reductions.

The Radisson Blu, Edinburgh is part of the Think Planet initiative by Carlson Rezidor to cut the group’s energy consumption by 20% by the end of 2016.

The group has announced that it is already ahead of that target, thanks wide ranging initiatives, including the work of SaveMoneyCutCarbon.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon Field Services team has supported Carlson Rezidor hotels across a wide range of energy and water-saving projects in the past two years.

Reduction of


in CO2 emissions a year

It has delivered surveys, investment ready proposals, specification, product supply from major manufacturers, UK wide project management and installations.

In 2014, SaveMoneyCutCarbon delivered energy saving Think Planet projects for Carlson Rezidor on time and on budget cutting costs by more than £470,000.

The Solution

The SaveMoneyCutCarbon team first carried out a comprehensive survey to ensure the right range and render of luminaires as well as precise number of lamps and fitting types with hours-per-day usage and the lighting thermodynamics.


There were some challenges that had to be overcome in upgrading the dimming facilities in two of the main meeting rooms. New dimming systems were installed with clever use of the existing budget, to ensure that the project was completed to the customer’s satisfaction.


  • Energy savings per year - £17,378
  • Carbon emissions reduction – 78%

“This was a big project and we were delighted to be able to provide the full solution, from specification to LED delivery, installation and testing. It was also very pleasing to be able to find a solution to dimming challenges, working within budget to complete on time.”

Phil Walsh, SaveMoneyCutCarbon senior projects manager

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