Business News | Sep 12, 2007

LLF Awarded Grand Prize in Worldwide Lighting Competition

LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc. (LLF) today announced that it has won the Grand Prize for the 2007 Lighting for Tomorrow solid state lighting (SSL) competition.

The contest is organized by the American Lighting Association, the U.S. Department of Energy (represented by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and the Consortium of Energy Efficiency.  

Forty-five fixtures were evaluated by a panel of experts on the basis of energy efficiency, overall lighting quality, aesthetic appearance and innovation. LLF’s LR6 product was judged to be the best.  All finalists in the competition were tested by independent labs under the direction of the U.S. Department of Energy.  LLF’s six-inch downlight delivered 600 lumens of light operating at 11 watts, with a color rendering index (CRI) measured at 95.

According to Kelly Gordon, Lighting for Tomorrow organizer representing the U.S. Department of Energy, “The fixture earned excellent marks for light output, quality and appearance and the product exceeds the luminaire efficacy and lifetimes of even the most efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) downlight systems.”

Dr. Steve DenBaars, Professor of Materials and Co-Director of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Center at University of California-Santa Barbara and a judge in the 2007 Lighting for Tomorrow competition said, “This competition places a high priority on energy efficiency, but not at the expense of fixture appearance or lighting quality.  We were very impressed with the LR6 product as it offers the highest efficacy for any downlight product on the market and has the appearance of incandescent lamps typically used in residential downlights while using less than one-fifth the power consumption.  This product platform has the potential to save US consumers billions of dollars in energy costs.”

Gary Trott, LLF’s Vice President of Product Development stated, “During my seventeen years in the lighting industry, the initial success of our LR6 product is unprecedented both in terms of customer acceptance and orders.  The LR6 will set a new standard by which other companies will judge the success of their future product launches.”

The LR6 six-inch downlight incorporates LLF’s patented technology, contains no toxic mercury and is designed for 50,000 hours of lifetime.  Its beautiful color characteristics and high CRI allow residential and commercial spaces to look attractive while maximizing energy savings.  The LR6 product is selling in volume quantities in warm (2700K) and neutral (3500K) white colors.

About Lighting for Tomorrow:
The competition was launched in 2002 to encourage and recognize excellence in the design of energy efficient light fixtures.  Designs are evaluated on the basis of attractiveness, value, marketability, innovation and functionality. The competition was expanded in 2006 to include SSL products.  Winners are selected by an experienced panel of judges with broad industry experience.  For more information please visit www.lightingfortomorrow.com.

About LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc.:
LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc. (LLF) is a privately held company headquartered near Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption and evolution of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into high volume general lighting applications so that consumers can realize lower energy and maintenance costs. LED lighting is significant as it is expected to provide decades of lifetime under normal operation, and it uses a fraction of the power required for traditional lighting solutions. For additional information visit www.LLFInc.com .

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