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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Los Angeles International Airport Unveils Energy-Saving Color Kinetics Installation

via PRNewswire

BOSTON , Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Color Kinetics Incorporated(Nasdaq: CLRK), a leading innovator of LED lighting systems and technologies,today announced the unveiling of its latest landmark installation --encompassing more than 1,800 LED-based fixtures as part of a lightingrenovation project for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Based onpreliminary operation and testing, the LED-based system is expected to consumejust 25% of the total energy drawn by the previous fixtures, while alsoreducing maintenance and cutting the number of electrical vendors requiredfrom six to two.

The project called for the replacement of five-year-old metal halidefixtures within 26 glass pylons leading to the airport's entrance, known asthe famed LAX Gateway. Ranging in height from 25 to 110 feet, the translucentpylons can now display custom-designed, color-changing effects that areseamlessly enabled by Chromacore(R) technology, as opposed to the use of glassfilters, colored gels, and electro-mechanical color scrollers that werepreviously required. Color Kinetics' ColorBlast(R) 12 Powercore fixture wasused for the project, which, as a single-cable line voltage system, eliminatedthe need for numerous external power supplies.

"This landmark project demonstrates the exceptional flexibility that LEDsources bring to retrofit installations -- enabling highly customizablearchitectural structures without the complexities and long-term costs oftraditional color lighting methods," said Bill Sims , President and CEO, ColorKinetics. "We have enhanced the visual impact of LAX Gateway, while at thesame time decreasing energy consumption and alleviating the maintenance costsand concerns of the past."

"Along with Hollywood Bowl, California Speedway and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, we're pleased to count LAX -- a premier international travel hub --among our prominent Southern California installations," said Sims.

The pylons of LAX Gateway are visible to airline passengers at 3,000 feet.A series of dynamic light shows was designed for the new LED-basedinstallation, including a patriotic sequence of red, white and blue to observethe anniversary of September 11, 2001 . The distinctive, architecturalstructures were originally designed as part of a $112 million construction andlandscaping program intended to make the airport more welcoming and convenientfor more than 61 million passengers who use the airport annually. They havesince become an iconic component of the Los Angeles cityscape for residentsand visitors alike.

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