SOURCE: Cooledge Lighting, Inc.

Redefining the geometry of light

August 21, 2013 09:46 ET

Cooledge Lighting, Inc. Names Thomas "Tracy" Bilbrough to Board of Directors

BURNABY, BC--(Marketwired - August 21, 2013) -  Cooledge Lighting, Inc. has named Thomas "Tracy" Bilbrough to its Board of Directors. Mr. Bilbrough currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of IPS Corporation. Over the past 13 years, he has served as CEO of Juno Lighting, Generation Brands, and Switch Lighting -- three leading companies in various segments of the lighting industry. Prior to 2000, Mr. Bilbrough had a 20+ year career at two global Fortune 1000 manufacturing companies -- Black & Decker and Thomas & Betts. At Black & Decker, he led the development and execution of the famed DeWalt strategy -- building a highly profitable global mega-brand from a standing start. He finished his 19 year career at B&D as President, Eastern Hemisphere based in Singapore and was responsible for the full business operations in Asia, Australia/NZ, and the Middle East. 

Mr. Bilbrough has served on the Board of Governors of the American Lighting Association, Board of Directors of the Home Safety Council, and the Board of Directors of the 3 lighting companies where he served as CEO. Mr. Bilbrough currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Unger Corporation and the Advisory Board of Calera Capital, in addition to the Board of Directors of IPS Corporation. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore and a B.A. in Economics from Loyola University of Maryland. 

"Tracy brings to the Cooledge board a wealth of lighting industry knowledge and a valuable international perspective," said Wade Sheen, CEO of Cooledge Lighting. "Tracy's proven leadership experience and manufacturing expertise aligns well with the Cooledge growth strategy and makes him an ideal fit for the board. We are pleased to have him join and expect his contributions to have an immediate and positive impact on the company."

About Cooledge Lighting Inc. -- Cooledge is a venture backed start-up focused on delivering high value solid-state lighting solutions to the general illumination market. Founded in 2009, Cooledge launched its product line of a flexible LED light sheets at LIGHTFAIR International 2013 in Philadelphia, PA, April 23-25, 2013.

Cooledge light sheet provides high quality lighting with luminous efficacies exceeding 140 lumens per watt and 100,000 hours lifetime. The light sheet utilizes a highly dense pattern of LEDs on a thin plastic substrate, delivering on the promise of OLEDs with the reliability and performance of LEDs. 

Light sheet's unique form factor permits large panels, long lengths and the ability to conform to a wide variety of shapes, eliminating many of the constraints and challenges imposed by existing LED systems. Luminaire designs using the light sheet can be fluid, thin and minimal in design as well as allowing unique material choices. Based on Cooledge Lighting's patented technology, this new medium of light requires no additional heat-sinking or thermal management and inspires a wide range of unique and novel luminaire designs.

Cooledge light sheet comes in various sizes having widths from 1.1" (28mm) to 11" (280mm) and lengths up to 15' (4.6m). These linear sheets are available in nominal one-foot standard lengths and can be custom configured to luminaire manufacturer requirements. Light sheet is fully dimmable with standard commercial dimmers and is a UL recognized class-2 low voltage component, allowing for ease of integration and design. The product is RoHS/REACH compliant and carries a 5-year limited system warranty.

Cooledge, along with its luminaire manufacturer partners, sees the opportunity to redefine the geometry of light as an important next step in the evolution and use of LED lighting technology. Cooledge's unique light sheet technology will change the way lighting is applied to space by blurring the line between lighting equipment and the architectural space.

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