What's green, saves money and gives off light?
The answer: new industrial lighting fixtures designed and manufactured by LED International Lighting Inc., which recently opened at the Hernando County Airport and Business Complex.
Founder David Anglewicz, who owns two other start-up companies in Kansas, didn't invent light-emitting diode technology. But he believes he has come up with a better design for industrial light fixtures after selling industrial and warehouse lighting for 10 years. And he's planning to have them made right here in Hernando.
The company's arrival is exciting to Mike McHugh, the county's business development manager, whose goals include diversification of the county's economy and attracting more high-tech industry.
"LED will take this country by storm in the next five years," McHugh said. "It is quickly emerging as something that brings tremendous energy efficiency to the table."
LED technology has evolved quickly over the past few years and can reduce energy consumption by up to 70 percent. While such technology can already be found in traffic lights, automobiles and flashlights, it hasn't yet become commonplace in industry because of its high cost.
That's where Anglewicz comes in. His product will take a traditional industrial light fixture operating at 465 watts down to approximately 150 watts. Lamp life rises from 20,000 to 30,000 hours to 50,000 to 70,000 hours.
"The least expensive one we could find was $850," Anglewicz said, referring to his market research. "Our goal is to get it to the end user for under $500, to get a payback in less than two years."
Anglewicz has an established sales network with more than 100 dealers across the country. One of his suppliers also will market the new lights internationally.
In addition to creating affordable lighting, one of the company's goals is to offer American-made products.
"Many of our customers are now asking for that label," Anglewicz said. "If we're going to be made in the U.S.A., why not do it in the Sunshine State?"
Products such as LED International Lighting's lights will play a major role in helping communities reach environmental goals, Anglewicz said. As communities reduce kilowatt usage, fewer hydrocarbons will be released into the atmosphere by power plants.
In addition, integrating LED technology into a warehouse is tax-deductible. And many power companies offer a rebate for each fixture that is replaced.
"Georgia Power just started a rebate specifically for industrial lights," Anglewicz said. "It's $150 per fixture. That's big. That changes the payback from two years to less than one year."
LED International Lighting Inc. expects to hire 10 to 15 employees within the first year and begin production within the next 30 days.
Shary Lyssy Marshall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.