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Color Kinetics sees LED technology as the future of energy-efficient lighting, first for commercial spaces and eventually for residential applications as well. Performance trends suggest that LEDs have the abilityto ultimately leapfrog other efficient light sources, such as fluorescent, given their longer source life, durability, non-toxic materials, lack of radiated heat and UV, higher quality of light output and flexibility toaccommodate wide-ranging fixtures and form factors. Moreover, as inherentlydigital devices, LEDs produce light that can be intelligently controlled to dynamically customize environments, from restaurants and casinos to retailshops, homes and even automobiles.
Color Kinetics' intelligent LED lighting technology is already at work inover 15,000 installations worldwide, spanning every state in America and six of seven continents. The company's lighting systems have successfully displaced conventional sources in a number of applications where LEDs already win in terms of cost efficiency and visual impact. For example:* LAX Gateway at Los Angeles International Airport replaced metal halide with an LED system, anticipating 75% less energy consumption. * Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas replaced metal halide with an LED system, cutting annual energy costs from $18,000 to $1,900. * The British Airways London Eye replaced fluorescent with an LED system, eliminating former maintenance costs and requirements while gaining the ability to produce color light and programmable effects. * Bostonian shoe stores in the U.S. replaced fluorescent with an LED system, mitigating the need for frequent and costly lamp replacement, while also gaining the ability to easily adjust from "warm" to "cool" white light in its display shelves. * Boathouse Row in Philadelphia replaced incandescent with an LED system, saving approximately $57,000 in annual operating costs due to reduced maintenance and energy consumption.
"The notion that LEDs are still relegated to flash lights, tail lights and electronic gadgets is a misconception. We can point to major landmarks,towers, bridges -- even the world's largest spherical building -- that are illuminated by our LED systems today," said Sims. "Color Kinetics was established for the very purpose of supplanting less efficient light sourceswith a new form of intelligent lighting based on LEDs. We're not simply responding to a timely trend. We've spent ten years solely focused on making LED sources viable as the right long-term solution."
Color Kinetics participates in several government and industry initiatives related to energy conservation. As a member of the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance, the company is helping to develop a technology roadmap for the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), as well as Energy Star criteria for LEDlighting. In 2006 the company was awarded a
Reflecting the company's leadership role, Color Kinetics' VP of Innovation Kevin Dowling will make his 6th appearance as a featured presenter at theDoE's Solid-State Lighting Workshop in California on April 23 . At this meeting of technical, legislative and academic minds, energy efficiency and speeding the pervasive use of LEDs for illumination will be a major topic of discussion.