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Council Facility Reduces Annual Electricity Costs by 57 Percent by Switching to LED Lighting Technology

Lighting Science Group Corporation, a global leader in light-emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions, and the County of Durham have teamed up to illuminate the Administrative Complex Parking Facility with environmentally friendly, cost-effective LED lighting solutions.

As part of its Environmental Solutions Program, the County of Durham contracted with Lighting Science Group to replace the existing HID lights in the Administrative Complex Parking Facility with Lighting Science's lowbay fixtures. Located at 200 E. Main Street, the Administrative Complex Parking Facility is a secure, underground garage used daily by county government department heads and elected officials. By converting from the 175 watt HID fixtures to the 75 watt LED fixtures, the facility will reduce its annual lighting costs by 57 percent

The installation was completed on Friday, January 11, 2008.

Commenting on the installation, Mike Turner, Director of General Services for the County of Durham, noted, "The County of Durham is committed to taking a leadership position in advancing the use of environmentally effective solutions throughout the region. Lighting Science Group shares in our vision and had the technology and wherewithal to deliver a viable solution. As part of our overall planning and budgeting process, we are reviewing a number of other potential opportunities to incorporate LED lighting solutions in our parking facilities."

Govi Rao, chairman and chief executive officer of Lighting Science, stated, "We are delighted to have been chosen by the County of Durham to support this important pilot initiative. We applaud the County's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint."

Lighting Science's lowbay fixtures, combine unique style, superior performance and energy efficiency. The attractive, durable fixture consumes only 75 watts and replaced a 175W HID fixture, thereby resulting in a significant reduction in energy cost for the end-user. Lighting Science's low bay fixtures provide cool white light with excellent color rendering, resulting in a substantial improvement in night vision and providing increased security for the tenants.

In addition to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions due to reduced energy use, Lighting Science LED lowbay fixtures do not contain mercury or other hazardous materials found in many types of traditional light sources that requires specialized disposal procedures.

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