Windham Mountain, Windham, NY (February 9, 2014) - In its continuing commitment to promoting energy efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint, Windham Mountain Resort has adopted the use of cutting edge technologies to light the way for skiers and riders. For the 2013-14 season the resort installed state-of-the-art Snow-Bright™ lighting on its newly created Whisper Run beginner area.
The Snow-Bright™ lighting can be seen in the base area as guests arrive. The white light brightens the snow during night skiing, making signage and snow surfaces easier to see while limiting light pollution. The 18 new lights operate on only 300 watts, saving 700 watts when compared to traditional trail lights, creating a sound energy savings while improving the on-snow experience.
Snow-Bright™ lighting is based upon technology that was invented by Nikola Tesla in 1891 called magnetic induction lighting (MIL). There are no electrodes to burn out, so the lights have an extraordinary 100,000 hour projected lifecycle. The resort will save as much as 600% on routine lighting maintenance such as bulb and ballast changes. The unique full spectrum white light makes snow features pop without excessive glare and with very little light pollution.
Ultra-Tech™ Lighting, LLC, the manufacturer of the Snow-Bright™ lights, is a New Jersey company specializing in advanced lighting technologies. Ultra-Tech™ founder Philip Gotthelf is a long-time Adaptive Sports Foundation instructor at his “home mountain” Windham, where he has taught handicapped and disabled skiers for more than a decade.
Developing the lighting design for Windham’s new Whisper Run was a project that hit close to home for Gotthelf. “I wanted to make sure we created a plan that would make this new addition to the extraordinary Windham experience the best it could be.”
Given the possibilities for future development to the east of the new slope and the proximity to Windham Mountain Village and the Enclave to the west and south, light pollution was a major consideration.
Windham Mountain Resort president and general manager Chip Seamans did his homework and determined that Snow-Bright™ lights would save more than 70% of the electricity that would have been consumed by conventional metal halide lighting while reducing light bleed from the slopes to near zero. “We are proud to be one of the first ski areas in the country to install Snow-Bright lights,” said Seamans.
Seamans reports that the new lights have received positive reviews from Windham Mountain Resort’s guests and neighbors. The lights are also being considered for use on other night skiing trails and parking lots.