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CenterStage Productions Chooses Reflection LEDko

(Wellington, Fla.)—For Chicago based lighting design and production services company CenterStage Productions, finding the right fixture to replace Source Four® ellipsoidals with color scrollers and dimmers was imperative to meet the requirements of budget demanding clients. Reflection LEDko by Coemar, the first LED profile delivering both Soft and Hard Edge profile optics, proved to be a natural fit in meeting these goals.
Experienced production designers Bruce Holland and Olivier Ilisca founded CenterStage Productions in 1996. The company provides the corporate theater market with superior quality, dynamic and exciting designs at events across the U.S. and around the world.
“I’ve been waiting a couple years now for an LED unit that could replace our Source Four ellipsoidal fixtures with scrollers,” said Ilisca. “For smaller scale shows with lower ceilings and a limited budget, the Reflection LEDko is the perfect choice. With its vivid colors, bright beams and no scrollers, the LEDko FullSpectrum was able to keep up with our overall lighting levels.”
Reflection LEDko is a revolutionary new LED fixture and the first LED profile capable of projecting soft-edged profile light with no reduction in light intensity due to additional filters. It is also the first LED profile that can be used in the same way as traditional profiles and can obtain any color tone, shade and white light.
“At a recent corporate financial conference in California, we used 20 Reflection LEDko FullSpectrum fixtures and were very happy with their performance. Not one of the units failed and we were able to provide various scenic lighting without the need for scrollers, which is a great alternative to expensive moving lights with shutters,” concluded Ilisca.
CenterStage Productions approached LED Source®, an international LED lighting supplier and the exclusive distributor of Coemar LED products in North America, to spec an event after hearing about the new Reflection LEDko. “This was the perfect solution to meet their specific design requirements,” said Jerry Mitchell, Coemar Sales Manager at LED Source. “In the past, using technology such as the traditional Source Four profile with scrollers, required multiple dimmers and long setup times. They were also bulky and cumbersome with multiple parts leading to more possible failures. By changing to the LEDkos, we eliminated the noisy scrollers, the power supplies, and extra gear translating to a smaller truck pack and fast setup.”
Applying the Reflection LED technology makes it possible to reduce energy consumption from 575-750 Watts to 150 Watts. The LED lamps last up to 50,000 hours without loss of brightness, thus no maintenance costs.
Because LEDs do not emit heat, Reflection LEDko is capable of utilizing images or gobos created with any standard printer and a transparency sheet. This technology allows you to project any image such as a corporate logo quickly and without cost, while also eliminating the entire gobo buying process, which was previously dependant on glass or metal patterns.
Reflection LEDko is one fixture that can remove or significantly reduce all costs related to lamps, dimmers, scrollers, gel filters, heat, cabling, electricity and manpower. All LEDko series fixtures (FullSpectrum, VariWhite and White 3200K) feature electronic 16-bit dimming, flicker-free operation with DMX controllable LED frequency from 500 to 5000 Hz and a bi-directional DMX512.
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About LED Source®:
Founded in August 2005 by Marcel Fairbairn, LED Source® is an international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits through its Retrofit Division, in addition to providing consultation all the way through to supply on new projects within their Architectural and Entertainment Divisions. Additionally, the company launched a franchise program in October 2009 and expects to have a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years. For more information, please visit www.LEDsource.com or the company’s blog at http://getleducated.wordpress.com.

About CenterStage Productions:
Started in 1996 by partners Bruce Holland and Olivier Ilisca, CSP set out to fill a void in the Chicago lighting design market. Both Bruce and Oliver, experienced production manager and designer, saw the lack of quality and dynamic lighting design in Chicago and set out to provide just that. Over 3,000 shows later, CSP is still fulfilling its original goals. Over the years, CSP has expanded it operations and manages services across the country and around the world.

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LED Lighting Shines in Newly Renovated Starbucks in Times Square

LEDs light up Starbucks in Times Square. Photo Credit: Juan Pablo Lira

Three distinct companies came together recently to share their expertise and take part in the renovation of Starbucks’ new flagship location in the heart of New York City’s Time Square Theatre District. Looking to build a store that incorporates distinct design elements from the surrounding neighborhood, Starbucks turned to New York-based Focus Lighting, an award winning architectural lighting design firm. In understanding Starbucks’ objectives, Focus Lighting knew LED lighting would meet their needs best and called upon Wellington, Fla.-based LED Source®, an international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits.

“LEDs are the most energy efficient lighting solution on the market,” said Joe Zamore, vice president of business development for LED Source. “They cut costs on energy bills and maintenance fees, while still offering brilliant, functional lighting.”

Anticipated to be one of the coffee giant’s busiest stores, Starbucks Time Square has a distinctive design that has been inspired by images of old Broadway and is a testament to the rich history of the area’s Theatre District.

Staying true to Starbuck’s new “neighborhood concept design” program, Focus Lighting lit the new store as if it were a theater stage set, reminiscent of old Broadway in appearance. Signature theatrical elements including Fresnel lighting fixtures, equipped with LED lamps and barn doors, are mounted on triangular trusses. The energy-efficient LED accent lighting is integrated into the shelving and canopy. Additionally, the Starbucks letters inside the store have been backlit to create a warm glow.

To generate this look, renowned lighting designers Paul Gregory, Brett Andersen and Joshua Spitzig from Focus Lighting worked with LED Source to utilize the latest generation in LED lamps from Toshiba, one of the largest lighting companies in the world.

“The Starbucks Times Square location is a true showcase for world-class design, and Toshiba is proud to be part of enhancing the Starbucks customer experience,” said Ken Honeycutt, senior vice president and the chief venture executive for Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division. “We are extremely proud that Focus Lighting and LED Source selected Toshiba LED lamps. It is truly an honor to illuminate such a prestigious location for Starbucks – bathing the interior with beautiful lighting while reducing energy and maintenance costs.”

Since Starbucks initiated their own Energy Conservation program, each of their stores has set out to reduce their energy consumption by 25 percent by 2015. Starbucks Times Square meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® certification program.
The store utilizes 73 Toshiba LED PAR30 lamps at 16.3 Watts and 55 Toshiba LED MR16 lamps at 6.7 Watts throughout the space.

“Toshiba’s PAR30 lamps last on average 25 times longer than traditional bulbs and use up to 75 percent less energy than halogens, while the LED MR16 lamps last up to 20 times longer and use up to 80 percent less energy than halogens,” Zamore said. “Each of the bulbs contain no mercury or lead and emit up to 70 percent less UV light compared to halogens.”

The products chosen also aligned with the design goals. “The PAR30 lamps were perfect in trying to create an image of old Broadway. The delicacy of our aiming will stay for years to come because of the low maintenance cycle of this lamp,” said Paul Gregory, president of Focus Lighting.

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About LED Source®:
Founded in August 2005 by Marcel Fairbairn, LED Source® is a national and international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits through its Retrofit Division, in addition to providing consultation all the way through to supply on new projects within their Architectural and Entertainment Divisions. Additionally, the company launched a franchise program in October 2009 and expects to have a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years. For more information, please visit www.ledsource.com.

About Focus Lighting
Focus Lighting is an award-winning 30-person architectural lighting design firm based in New York City. Founded in 1986 by Paul Gregory, Focus Lighting works with world-renowned architects and designers on a variety of projects from large entertainment and retail facilities, to hotels, restaurants, and high-end residences. Among these projects are Crystals at CityCenter (Las Vegas) designed by Daniel Libeskind and Rockwell Group and the 100th and 101st Anniversary Times Square Ball. Focus Lighting strives to provide architects and owners with innovative, well-designed lighting tailored to each individual project design. www.focuslighting.com

About Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division
Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division provides the North American market with a variety of high efficiency LED products. Drawing upon Toshiba’s 120-year heritage of lighting innovations in Japan and world class electronic and semi-conductor technologies, the LED Lighting Systems Division is emerging as a leader in solid state lighting. The LED Lighting Systems Division is committed to providing lighting solutions that enhance the quality of life and meet the diverse needs of its customers. Further information is also available online at www.toshiba.com/lighting.

About Starbucks
Starbucks Coffee has been a time-honored tradition since they opened their first coffeehouse in Seattle back in 1971. Since that time, the company has established more than 17,000 retail locations in over 50 countries and connects with millions of customers every day. For more information, visit www.starbucks.com.

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LED SOURCE® WELCOMES NEW VP OF SALES

(Wellington, Fla.)— LED Source®, an international supplier of LED lighting, has announced a new vice president of sales. Griffin Palmer brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing and operation experience in the LED, lighting, video and entertainment technology sectors to LED Source.
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GearSource Focuses on Core Business

LED Source® Continues to grow Partnership with Coemar

(Wellington, FL)—LED Source®, the leading supplier of LED lighting products in North America, and sister company GearSource, the world’s marketplace for used lighting, pro audio and stage gear, has announced changes to their exclusive North American distribution agreement with Italian based lighting manufacturer Coemar Spa. Moving forward, GearSource will focus on selling used products and entertainment equipment and will no longer supply Coemar’s automated lighting products while LED Source will continue offering Coemar’s extensive line of LED technology on an exclusive basis throughout North America.
“I felt it was important to make improvements to both of my companies in regards to our relationship with Coemar Spa of Italy,” says Marcel Fairbairn, president and CEO of LED Source and GearSource. “In the best interest of all parties involved, GearSource will focus on its core used products business model, where it continues to be a market leader, while LED Source will maintain its close relationship with the Coemar Italian factory. This will help streamline operations, allow each business to focus on its top priorities and make it easier for our customers to find what they’re looking for. LED Source will continue to stock products from our U.S. headquarters in Wellington, Fla. and work with Coemar on LED product development, marketing and distribution.”
Coemar’s Sales Manager, Filippo Frigeri, will maintain responsibility for all North American automated lighting sales.
“We have built a great relationship with Marcel and his team and will continue to manufacture top-quality and innovative entertainment lighting products,” says Frigeri. “We expect the transition to run seamlessly and will continue to support LED Source in developing the rapidly growing professional LED business in the U.S.”
For more than a year, LED Source has been working closely with Coemar as they update their already successful LED product line, including the new and widely popular Reflection LEDko series. With this line of products, Coemar and LED Source have begun to gain market share in traditional lighting arenas including TV, theater, rental and installations. Additionally, Coemar has updated their ParLite LED line with two new Variable White ParLite LED fixtures. Both are bright, reliable and built on the successful and award-winning ParLite platform.
“With Reflection LEDko and the new ParLite LED products, we are seeing new markets arrive and existing markets grow. Coemar LED products are rapidly gaining popularity and we’re proud to be part of that,” says Fairbairn.

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About LED Source®
Founded in August 2005 by Marcel Fairbairn, LED Source® is a national and international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits through its Retrofit Division, in addition to providing consultation all the way through to supply on new projects within their Architectural and Entertainment Divisions. Additionally, the company launched a franchise program in October 2009 and expects to have a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years. For more information, please visit www.ledsource.com or the company’s blog at http://getleducated.wordpress.com.

About GearSource®
Founded in 2002, GearSource® through its online platform, sells predominately used products in professional stage lighting, pro audio, video and staging. Customers include production/rental companies and resellers, as well as televisions studios, theaters and churches. For more information, please visit www.gearsource.com.

About Coemar
Established in 1933 and based in Castel Goffredo, Italy, Coemar Spa is a world leader in lighting for the entertainment industry. The company also develops, manufactures and sells its products for architectural and commercial applications and guarantees pre-sale and after-sale services. At an international level, the company operates in five continents with a network of over 50 distributors. www.coemar.com.

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TAKE THE LEDko CHALLENGE: LED SOURCE® HOSTS LED LIGHTING CONTEST

(Wellington, Fla.)—How badly do you need to update your profile? That’s what international LED lighting supplier LED Source® is asking all staging, studio, installation and corporate theater professionals throughout North America. In celebration of the launch of the new Reflection LEDko series by Italy-based Coemar – a world leader in lighting for the entertainment industry – LED Source will award one lucky winner with a Reflection LEDko LED lighting package worth over $20,000.

“It is amazing to see how many lighting systems are in need of a lighting makeover,” says Dean Ernst, director of marketing for LED Source. “Many are out of date and consume enormous amounts of energy. With the advancements in LED lighting technology over the years and the introduction of Reflection LEDko, traditional profiles can now be replaced. This LED fixture not only lowers maintenance and energy costs, it eliminates the need for dimmers and scrollers. We are offering this contest as a way to help out those most in need of a lighting upgrade and to create awareness about the new Reflection LEDko series.”

Participants are asked to submit a video of their lighting system that is in dire need of help. It should be fun and creative and show their current lighting problems and why they should to win. All entries must be posted on the Reflection LEDko Facebook Contest page at Facebook.com/reflectionledko by Dec. 2. A panel of experts made up of both LED Source and Coemar senior management will then pick five finalists. Fans of the Reflection LEDko Facebook page will then vote for a grand prize winner that will be announced on Dec. 15. The entry with the most votes will win a package of eight Reflection LEDko fixtures with either hard or soft edge optics included.

Reflection LEDko is a revolutionary new LED fixture and the first LED profile delivering both Soft Profile and Hard Edge Profile using mix and match optics. With this new technology, Coemar has created the first LED profile capable of projecting soft-edged profile light with no reduction in light intensity due to additional filters. It is also the first LED profile that can be used in the same way as traditional profiles and can obtain any color tone, shade and white light.

Applying the Reflection LED technology as a retrofit makes it possible to reduce energy consumption from 500-650 Watts to 150 Watts. The LED lamps last up to 50,000 hours without loss of brightness, thus eliminating maintenance costs associated with traditional profiles.

Because LEDs do not emit heat, Reflection LEDko is capable of utilizing images or gobos created with any standard printer and a transparency sheet. This technology allows you to project any image such as a corporate logo quickly and without cost, while also eliminating the entire gobo buying process, which was previously dependant on glass or metal patterns.

Reflection LEDko is one fixture that can virtually eliminate or significantly reduce all costs related to lamps, dimmers, scrollers, gel filters, heat, cabling, electricity and manpower. All LEDko series fixtures feature electronic 16-bit dimming, flicker-free operation with DMX controllable LED frequency from 500 to 5000 Hz and a bi-directional DMX512.

“This contest is open to lighting companies, end users, theaters, and pretty much anyone who uses advanced lighting packages and needs a major update,” Ernst says.

To see the Reflection LEDko in person and learn more about the contest, interested parties can visit LED Source in booth No. 1660 at this year’s Live Design International (LDI) tradeshow and conference being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. from Oct. 24 thru Oct. 30.

The LEDko Challenge closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Dec. 2, at which time no further submissions will be accepted. The top five video submissions most in need of a lighting upgrade will be announced on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. EDT. The final five contestants’ videos will then be posted on the Facebook Reflection LEDko page for fans to vote on the winner in a one-week long poll. The winner will be announced on Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. EDT.
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About LED Source®:
Founded in August 2005 by Marcel Fairbairn, LED Source® is a national and international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits through its Retrofit Division, in addition to providing consultation all the way through to supply on new projects within their Architectural and Entertainment Divisions. Additionally, the company launched a franchise program in October 2009 and expects to have a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years. For more information, please visit www.LEDsource.com or the company’s blog at http://getleducated.wordpress.com.

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LED SOURCE® ARMS FRANCHISEES WITH NEW TOOL TO GET THE JOB DONE MORE EFFECTIVELY

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LED Source Launches Mobile App

(Wellington, Fla.)—LED Source®, a national and international supplier of LED lighting, has launched a new lighting energy audit mobile application for iPhones and iPads exclusively available to its franchise owners. The Lampinator™ sheds new light on the benefits and cost savings gained by switching to LED technology and will help franchisees set themselves apart in the growing industry.
“We have been in this industry since the beginning and are constantly pushing the envelope to provide our franchise owners the best tools and products to make the lighting transition as smooth as possible,? said Marcel Fairbairn, president and CEO of LED Source®. “The Lampinator™ app is one more way we set ourselves apart as leaders in LED lighting.?
In the past, customers had to wait days for a sales person more

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LED SOURCE MAKES ITS TELEVISION DEBUT

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EcoSense MiniFloods from LED Source used to illuminate Palm Beach mansion on

(Wellington, Fla.)—LED Source, a national and international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits, will lend a hand to a new national television series called “The Vanilla Ice Project.? Premiering Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. E.S.T. on the DIY Network, the show is hosted by Robert Van Winkle, also known as Vanilla Ice. more

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LED SOURCE ANNOUNCES NEW VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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Joe Zamore

(Wellington, Fla.)— LED Source, a national and international supplier of LED lighting, is pleased to announce the addition of Joe Zamore to its growing sales and management team as vice president of business development.

Most recently, Zamore was vice president of product development for George Mueller’s EcoSense Lighting, where he served as liaison between the company’s founders, the market and the overseas factories where the products would be manufactured. Zamore developed not only the product concepts and specifications but also brought new technologies to the table and established relationships with the factories. Prior to his time with EcoSense Lighting, Zamore spent several years heading up Martin’s US architectural sales. more

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GEAR-SOURCE, LED SOURCE SIGN EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENTS WITH COEMAR

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GearSource.com

(Wellington, Fla.) — Marcel Fairbairn, founder and president of Gear-Source, Inc. and GearSource.com, a leading connection for production and concert equipment, has inked an exclusive sales and marketing agreement with Coemar, a prestigious Italian manufacturer of automated lighting and LED products. GearSource will serve the North American market utilizing its experienced automated lighting sales staff as well as its advanced web-based system, GearSource.com. more

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