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Bridgelux

March 01, 2011 07:31 ET

New Intersport Flagship Retail Store Shines With Energy-Efficient Molto Luce LED Lighting

Bridgelux LED Arrays Enable Innovation in Retail Lighting Design

WELS, AUSTRIA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - Intersport, the world's most dynamic, famous and profitable sports retail brand, has installed energy-efficient LED lighting from manufacturer, Molto Luce, GmbH, at its new flagship store in Klagenfurt, Austria. This new store, Intersport's 275th location in Austria, introduces an innovative shop design concept incorporating the latest trends in retail lighting design made possible by recent advances in LED lighting technology.

"In addition to addressing our goals of being both environmental stewards and fiscally responsible, we wanted to create a new retail environment that would continue to build on the strength of our brand image," said Gabriele Fenninger, chief executive officer, Intersport Austria. "The LED lighting system from Molto Luce added new dimensions to our lighting design. We created an inviting atmosphere of airiness and movement while giving the shop an open and inviting feel for our customers. The lighting design attracts people into the store and guides them through islands of merchandise, highlighting various sporting themes. The high quality lighting accentuates materials, fabrics, colors, and textures of the products on display. Ultimately, a well lighted atmosphere is created where the customer feels at ease to shop."

Intersport installed Molto Luce's "FIFTY LED" spotlights to make every aisle and product display shine. Delivery of this high performance and high quality light was enabled by the industry leading high flux density RS LED Arrays from Bridgelux. Molto Luce incorporated the Bridgelux light sources into their luminaires enabling excellent CRI, color consistency and a 30% increase in energy efficiency compared to traditional retail lighting solutions. Through installing the Molto Luce LED lights, Intersport expects to save on their monthly energy costs compared to stores using traditional lighting.

Molto Luce's LED lighting systems provide further benefits by generating much lower heat output thereby reducing air conditioning costs and eliminating the ultraviolet radiation (UV) found in conventional lighting technologies which can cause damage to display merchandise. According to Thomas Schramek, architect for Intersport Austria, Intersport's new store with this innovative lighting design is contributing to a cooler, more pleasant shopping environment and improved merchandise turnover.

"The 'FIFTY LED' spotlight is a perfect solution for retail environments because it offers energy efficiency and longevity while delivering the quality light needed for highly effective merchandise illumination," said Bernd Diesenberger, sales manager at Molto Luce. "Intersport refused to compromise -- they wanted an artful product design, energy efficiency, and high quality, beautiful light. In the Molto Luce product, they got it all. And as a result, they've designed a market-leading, highly successful consumer retail experience."

About Molto Luce
Molto Luce -- a business whose passion has pertained to light since its foundation in 1981, whose challenge holds the balance between light and dark, whose claims have focused on the conjunction of functionality and design from the beginning. A business that creates illumination trends and forms them with its concepts, products and services. In doing so, the holistic view of living and working spaces takes the centre stage. The result is the skilful coordination of well thought-out lighting concepts, customer wishes, architectural guidelines and light parameters. Today Molto Luce is well known as a successful lighting specialist and as a reliable project-partner. Two hundred ten employees, at the seven business locations Wels, Vienna, Weißkirchen, Munich, Cologne, Nuremberg and Bremen are responsible for a company turnover of about Euro 42 Million. The key-factors for the company's success has always been the high quality and design thinking, a strong customer focus but also the willingness for change and company development. Numerous national and international first class reference projects in the field of shop and retail, hotel and gastronomy, company buildings as well as private living impressively prove the high performance and creativity of the company named Molto Luce. For more information about the company, please visit www.moltoluce.com

About Intersport
Intersport is the world's most dynamic, famous and profitable sports retail brand. Intersport is the first choice for all sports enthusiasts with exciting shops, convenient locations, great brands, expert advice and unbeatable value. Covering the globe from Canada to Korea, from Finland to the United Arab Emirates, Intersport spans across 39 countries with over 5.300 stores. In 2009 the Intersport group achieved a retail turnover of 9,3 billion Euros (2008: 8,8 billion). Among the national organizations Intersport Österreich is one of the most profitable and growing groups and therefore also responsible for the market development in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. With a market share of 37,3 percent (in 2009) in the domestic specialist sports trade, Intersport is the undisputed number one in Austria -- for 45 years now. The corporate group offers 5,700 employees varied positions representing an important economic factor in the region. The turnover of the retailers of the Intersport Österreich group amounted to 667,7 million euros in the business year 2009/10 (2008/09: 622 million euros). For more information about the company, please visit www.intersport.at

About Bridgelux
Bridgelux is a leading developer and manufacturer of technologies and solutions transforming the $40 billion global lighting industry into a $100 billion market opportunity. Based in Livermore, California, Bridgelux is a pioneer in solid-state lighting (SSL), expanding the market for light-emitting diode (LED) technologies by driving down the cost of LED lighting systems. Bridgelux's patented light source technology replaces traditional technologies (such as incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and high intensity discharge lighting) with integrated, solid-state lighting solutions that enable lamp and luminaire manufacturers to provide high performance and energy-efficient white light for the rapidly growing interior and exterior lighting markets, including street lights, commercial lighting and consumer applications. With more than 400 patent applications filed or granted worldwide, Bridgelux is the only vertically integrated LED manufacturer and developer of solid-state light sources that designs its solutions specifically for the lighting industry. For more information about the company, please visit www.bridgelux.com

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