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

Historic Boston Embraces 21st Century LED Lighting by Color Kinetics

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BOSTON , May 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Reflecting the increasing use of LED illumination sources in urban centers, Color Kinetics Incorporated(Nasdaq: CLRK) today touted the growth of its installation base in Boston --where some of the region's foremost architects and designers are using thecompany's technology to light one-of-a-kind structures, facades and interiorswhile at the same time mitigating maintenance and energy strain.

Some of Color Kinetics' more recent local installations include Bank ofAmerica Pavilion, Boston Hyatt Downtown, Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Westin Boston Waterfront, Rustic Kitchen, and Sushi-Teq at the new InterContinental Boston . Its intelligent LED lighting systems also generate color and dynamiclighting effects in multiple locations within TD Banknorth Garden, Boston'spremier sports and entertainment arena. These and other installations exhibitboth the versatile aesthetics of digitally controllable LED sources and theirability to curb strain on energy resources and the environment.

As elsewhere in the country and around the world, "green" initiatives aregaining steam locally. In March the city of Cambridge launched a $70 millionenergy efficiency program with an initial goal of reducing half of the city's23,000 buildings' electricity use by 14 percent during peak hours and 10percent during non-peak hours. In April Governor Deval Patrick announced thatthe State House will replace its 1,000 incandescent bulbs with more efficientcompact fluorescent (CFL) sources, and a number of proposed bills related to"green building" are now pending. Color Kinetics supports such initiatives,which can bring greater awareness to LEDs as the better long-term alternativeto fluorescent sources.

Locally, the company is collaborating with the Green RestaurantAssociation and is in discussions with several universities to potentiallycreate an LED campus or "living lab" for energy-efficient lighting. In Augustthe company will open its new corporate headquarters in Burlington , MA, whichis being designed to meet green lighting standards using primarily LEDsources. Additionally, Color Kinetics will participate in the next U.S.Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting Workshop, which is slated to takeplace in Boston in July.

"Our home base of Boston is an excellent example of the growing adoptionof LED lighting in major cities -- particularly for color and dynamic visualeffects that are being specified more frequently, and increasingly for certainwhite light applications as well," said Bill Sims , President and CEO, ColorKinetics. "Whether in retail shops, theaters, restaurants, hotels orentertainment venues, Boston residents and visitors are experiencing theimpact of our LED lighting technology on a regular basis -- the sameunderlying technology that we believe has the potential to ultimatelytransform the way all of our homes, offices and everyday spaces are lit."

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