A significant portion of the electricity we use is for lighting, and more efficient lighting systems can reduce energy consumption, save money, and also provide other benefits. Energy Focus Inc., a company based in Solon, Ohio, has developed specialized LED and fiber optic lighting systems that have distinct advantages in various applications.
In grocery stores, Energy Focus provides fiber optic lighting for display cases such as seafood and in freezers. The fiber optic lighting does not generate any heat. The products look better, last longer, and save the store money. Adjustable down lighting fixtures allow for redirecting the light according to working needs or changes in displays and can be up to 75% more efficient than traditional lighting. LEDs produce high output, use less energy, and require no maintenance, with lamps lasting up to 50,000 hours.
For museums, Energy Focus offers light bars that are more efficient than incandescent, compact fluorescent, or halogen lighting. The light bars emit no heat and practically no infrared or ultraviolet radiation, protecting sensitive artwork and documents. The company’s LED and fiber optic lighting systems offer similar energy consumption and adaptability advantages for indoor and outdoor lighting applications in retail establishments, commercial and public buildings.
With its innovations in lighting systems that conserve energy, Energy Focus Inc. has a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Energy. As reported on Globe Newswire, in August 2010 the company announced that it has received a $1.0 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of its Phase II Small Business Innovation Research. The award was granted for the development of advanced Sol-Gel coatings to improve the energy efficiency of lighting and solar systems. The company claims that the coatings could improve the efficiency of lighting and solar systems by an additional 4 to 10 percent.
Later in August, 2010, Energy Focus Inc. announced that it had been awarded grants totaling about $410,000 to develop LED lighting fixtures for the Naval Air Systems Command based on an Intellitube technology. The funding also covers further development of the advanced coatings and optical designs. In its press release announcing the award, Roger Buelow, the company’s chief technology officer, indicates that the grant was based on the success demonstrated in the $1.4 contract that Energy Focus has with the Naval Air Systems Command and the potential seen in its LED Intellitube technology.
As reported on Globe Newswire in August, 2010, Stones River Companies, a division of Energy Focus, was awarded lighting energy services contracts totaling $2.8 million. The contracts include the upgrading of lighting in a healthcare facility in the Southeast, three elementary school districts, and the industrial facilities of four large companies. Rob Wilson, vice president of Stone River Companies, pointed out that the projects show how a broad range of public and private sector locations is realizing the opportunities for savings by implementing energy efficient lighting systems.
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Energy Focus, Inc. Announces an Additional $410,000 in Department of Defense Funding That Will Advance Its LED Intellitube(TM) Technology and Applications – Globe Newswire
Energy Focus, Inc. Awarded $2.8 Million in Lighting Retrofit Contracts – Globe Newswire
Energy Focus, Inc. Receives $1.0 Million Department of Energy Award to Develop High Performance Sol-Gel Coatings for Lighting and Solar Applications – Globe Newswire