Energy Focus, Inc., a leader in LED lighting technologies, was recently awarded second place in a Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Call for Innovation competition. Energy Focus was recognized for its dimmable tubular LED ("TLED") designed for energy-efficient lighting retrofits, among a field of nearly two-dozen products and technologies.
The competition was judged by a trio of leading federal administrators, and energy and environment policy makers, including Kinga Porst Hydras (GSA), Dr. Tim Unruh (FEMP) and Dan Amon (EPA).
"We are pleased that our industry-first dimmable TLED is publicly recognized by FEMP, which is responsible for attaining energy goals of more than 350,000 federal buildings that are overwhelmingly lit by fluorescent lamps." said James Tu, CEO and President of Energy Focus. "The dimmable feature of our TLEDs, working with wired or wireless controls, provides the most cost-effective way to further lower lighting energy consumption, oftentimes as much as 20-30%, on top of the 50% or more energy savings over fluorescent lamps, without replacing the whole lighting fixtures. This recognition showcases both the critical importance of lighting technologies in improving building energy efficiency amongst all clean energy technologies and the potential economic and carbon impact of our innovative dimmable TLEDs."
Partnering with JUMP (Join the discussion, Unveil innovation, Motivate transformation, Promote tech2mkt), FEMP designed the Call for Innovation award to identify commercialization of innovative energy-saving technologies that are currently underutilized in the federal building space.
The federal government is the nation's largest energy consumer, and lighting represents 20% of electrical energy used in buildings, with an estimated cost of as much as $600 billion annually.
"Dimmable technology existed and of course direct wiring capabilities existed, but no company other than Energy Focus had integrated the separate technologies to create the most cost-effective and efficient TLED solution to date," said Jeremy Heilman, Energy Focus Inc. Vice President of Research and Development. "The result keeps the low cost of materials and labor for retrofit, but still gives you full control over the light levels."