Lighting Science Group Corporation, one of the world’s leading LED lighting technology companies, announced a business partnership with Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar®. Lighting Science® collaborated with the world’s largest casual dining chain to monitor, evaluate and markedly reduce energy usage for lighting in their 23 company-owned restaurants. Through the installation of ultra-efficient and design-enhancing LED lamps, Applebee’s should net an energy reduction for lighting of 88% per year.

“Replacing outdated incandescent and halogen bulbs made economic sense to us,” said Bill O’Keefe, Applebee’s Executive Director of Development. “The new LED lighting systems make our restaurants more energy efficient and match our design standards, and Lighting Science has been a valuable partner in this process.”

Applebee’s replaced over 3,000 incandescent and halogen lamps with Lighting Science’s 8W A19 LED, 14W BR30 LED, 8W Par20 LED, and 6W MR16 LED. Following the project’s completion, Applebee’s reported an 88% reduction in total energy usage for lighting, sparing an average of 820 kilowatts per year.

“LED lighting is clearly the environmentally favorable technology, but it also often outperforms standard lighting products,” said Clyde Huffman, principal of Restaurant Lighting Concepts. “For businesses like Applebee’s with a heightened focus on creating positive customer experiences—ambiance and lighting matter most. Lighting Science‘s LED lighting offers a blended form and functionality to match Applebee’s energy, economic and design needs.”

The initial cost estimate of the LED lighting retrofit was tempered by utility rebates made possible with the lamps’ Energy Star certifications. A tax deduction through the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPACT) also applied. Considering these incentives, Applebee’s anticipates a simple payback in a little over seven months. “Lighting Science is proud to partner with Applebee’s, an American staple,” said Keith Scott, Chief Commercial Officer at Lighting Science. “Our lamps improve their restaurants’ bottom-line and achieve unrivaled lighting quality to enhance the customer experience. Given the energy, maintenance and architectural benefits, Applebee’s will definitely reap the rewards of this innovative technology.”

Last week when we asked our question of the week on Facebook & Twitter we noticed there weren’t too many responses back. So, our VP of Research, Dr. David Bartine, gave his own thoughts:

Continuous improvement of LED’s efficiency means more input power is being converted to light and less waste heat needs to be removed. The availability of advanced thermally conductive materials, such as special polymers, enables design flexibility without sacrificing thermal performance, and allows lighting designers to come up with lighter, simpler, and more organic-looking lights.

Instead of the conventional finned aluminum heat sinks, designers can use both innovative and traditional household items as a heat sink, such as a picture frame, crown molding,  door or window trim, etc.

You can now turn just about anything into an LED light fixture!

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The lights in these pics will probably end up here. IN ABOUT 23 YEARS.

Our team over in Europe recently worked with Omrin, a waste recycling company for the industries and residents located in the Northern region of The Netherlands. The recycling centers 400W metal halide sorting hall lighting was completely replaced with our BayLights. The lighting in the sorting hall operates from 6am to 10pm six days a week, totaling 96 hours a week. Not including the annual savings in maintenance and replacement costs, the yearly energy savings for the recycling facility will be about $3800.00.  With energy conservation and sustainability being their key values, we are happy that our BayLights contribute to their philosophy.

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Although the park was established over thirty years ago, the 60,000 acre Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), has never had a dedicated visitor center. With the support of the Recovery Act and Ric Alesch, Project Manager, the National Park Service (NPS) and its state and local partners will be opening its brand new Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch on June 9th.

The beautiful 7,000sq ft. visitor center is located in one of the three original buildings built by the Gillette razor magnate in 1929.  The center is in a former stable, which was completely gutted and rebuilt to serve the new use and qualify for LEED Platinum.  The Platinum certification was granted on May 15, 2012.

Because the project was funded by the Recovery Act, all building products had to be built in the U.S. When asked how Ric found Lighting Science Group’s bulbs, he replied that he’d first seen and purchased one under Home Depot’s EcoSmart label for personal use.  After noticing that the bulb that he’d put in his own home had the Manufactured in USA mark and a great performance, he knew he had to contact us.

When Lighting Science’s bulbs were tested by the NPS’s exhibit design center, Ric said they won out on “Energy savings, environmental benefits, long life, instant on, excellent lighting quality, and of course they were American made.”  Lighting Science’s manufacturing plant in Florida was used to build all of the PAR38 lamps for the visitor center track lighting. Ric has been a leader in professional and personal use of LED lighting technology, and pioneered the first use of LED lamps for NPS visitor center exhibit lighting at Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2008. Also, the SMMNRA park staff have been leaders in LED lighting retrofitting in the National Park System, converting about 50% of their lighting parkwide to LED, with plans to make that 100% in the next couple years.

The King Gillette Visitor Center will be the first facility to be completely lit with LEDs and the first Net Zero visitor center in the National Park System (390 parks). Southern California Edison performed an energy audit of the space and found that Lighting Science’s lamps (when completely on) will only be using .5 watts per square foot.  And, because the building also has skylights in the roof and the lighting is on a programmable dimming system, the average wattage usage is expected to be even less. Lighting Science is excited to welcome the NPS to the Light Ages.

Lighting Science Group Europe, located in Middelburg, Netherlands is searching in Europe for national sales agents to help win major projects and develop new re-seller channels for LED solutions.

We are seeking highly motivated agents to promote our different SSL based product ranges. Our target markets are petrol forecourt, warehouse industry and infrastructure. If you have strong prospective skills, presentation skills, and closing skills with a strong network within the indicated target markets, please contact Jeroen_dot_DeJonge_at_lsgc_dot_com.

Photo Courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

Opened October 6, the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill is the newest and premier addition to the Dallas Arboretum. The 2 acre rill features a collection of over 80 varieties of 200 signature Japanese Maples that follow a winding stream and paved walkways leading into the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Rather than using the R40 175W mercury vapor lamps that would have required ballast boxes to be mounted to trees, Lighting Science Group worked with Unique Lighting of Texas to illuminate the area with the Definity PAR30 LED bulbs.

“While the gardens are beautiful during the day, at night the lighting is so wonderful it makes you feel as though you are in a magical land,” said Nancy Rutchik, commissioner and funder of the maple grounds.

Photo Courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

The LED bulbs used beautifully highlight the trees without costing the Dallas Arboretum unnecessary electricity and maintenance expenses; the entire system consumes only 1830 watts.  That’s about the same amount of watts used for any average hairdryer and is dwarfed by the 21,350 watts figure required by a mercury vapor lamp substitute.

Visitors now continue to return to the gardens to see them lit in the evenings during the Arboretum’s Concert in the Garden series and for various after hour’s events and wedding receptions.

To view the press release, visit here.
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“Lighting Science Group recognizes the importance of expression through light and has embraced a leadership role in new technology to explore possibilities.” – Team FIU

Lighting Science Group is a proud sponsor of the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. Sustainability is no longer the future, it’s real. It’s now. Join us in supporting our sponsored collegiate teams as they compete to design, build and operate affordable, solar-powered houses during the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. As LSG revolutionizes the science of light producing lighting products that deliver on the promise of LED technology, sponsored teams will have a chance to further increase their house’s efficiency and lower their costs while demonstrating that sustainability in the home is within our grasp.

Schedule for event
Public Exhibit Hours
September 23 – October 2
Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5:30pm

Consumer Workshop Presented by Fred Maxik
Sunday, September 25 at 4pm

Location
National Mall, West Potomac Park
Washington DC

On Monday, July 11th,  Congress will vote on the BULB Act (H.R. 2417) which would repeal a provision in the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 that sets energy efficiency standards for light bulbs.  Lighting Science Group is encouraging all of our fans and followers to write to their Members of Congress and ask them to vote NO on the BULB Act—passage would be a huge setback in America’s progress towards a more energy efficient economy.  The standards put in place in 2007 do not require anyone to purchase a specific bulb; however it does require that bulbs be at least 25% more energy efficient.  Rollback of the standards will jeopardize billions of dollars of consumer energy savings, stifle innovation that is creating U.S. jobs and increase air pollution that harms human health and the environment. We appreciate everyone’s support—visit www.house.gov to find your Member of Congress.  Thank you!

For a little more insight, enjoy this article entitled What Thomas Edison Would Do.

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