SOURCE: Light Waves Concept, Inc.

April 12, 2005 05:01 ET

Topeka Tells Light Waves to "Walk This Way!"

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2005 -- Light Waves Concept, Inc., a New York-based manufacturer and retailer of LED (light emitting diode) bulbs and fixtures, has developed a custom LED bulb to be used in retrofitting all the walk signals in the city of Topeka, Kansas. The project comes on the heels of Kansas' inclusion in the Omnibus Spending Bill last November and is indicative of a nationwide push towards energy conservation through the use of LED light sources. The Senate Appropriations Committee earmarked 105 million of the bill's funds for Kansas' Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Energy and Power, among others.

The Head of Topeka's Traffic Engineering Department worked closely with Light Waves Concept's design team to create the new bulb, which has a medium base capable of fitting into any standard Edison light fixture. The bulb uses an innovative design to evenly space the light behind the signals while using only 10% of the energy previously expended by them.

"30 LEDs cover the front surface of the bulb and 30 more ring the base, enabling the light to bounce from behind itself and distribute evenly," explained Joel Slavis, Chief Lighting Consultant at Light Waves Concept and the creator of the bulb.

Topeka stands to cut their energy bill in half once the job is done and is just one of the many cities around the country taking such steps. Colorado, Utah and Texas are just a few of the states in the same process, which is part of the Department of Energy's plan to reduce America's lighting consumption by 50% by 2025.

The LED market is one of the most rapidly growing areas of manufacturing in the world. Growing an average of 37% a year, according to LEDs Magazine, the LED market is projected to top 7 billion by 2009. Initially used for cars, airplanes and billboards, LEDs now span the lighting market.

"They're perfect for just about every type of lighting," said Slavis. "You wouldn't want to use them for reading or cooking or other primary light sources just yet, but that's guaranteed to change in a year or two." Light Waves Concept is currently in negotiations to provide several branches of the Federal Government and other large municipalities around the country with LED lighting systems. In addition to their custom capabilities, Light Waves Concept's website also features underwater, path, landscape, task, décor and exterior LEDs, as well as halogen and fluorescent track and studio lighting systems.

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