Quick Ship Program of Induction and LED Lighting Fixtures Offered by NEPTUN Light

July 25th, 2011

NEPTUN offers a 25-Day Delivery for Induction and LED Light Fixtures and Retrofit Kits

CHICAGO, IL—NEPTUN Light, Inc., a Chicago area based well-diversified manufacturer of energy conservation lighting products such as LED,  Induction and Compact Fluorescent, recently announced the 25-Day Quick Ship Program for number of the Induction Light Fixtures, LED Light Fixtures, LED and Induction Retrofit Kits and Bulbs. The 25-Day Delivery Program includes the most popular infrastructure lighting products:

  • For retrofit applications of acorn type and other decorative light fixtures:

INDUCTION Self-Ballasted Lamp Bulbs

INDUCTION U-Type Lamp Retrofit Kits

INDUCTION Oval and Pear-Type Bulbs Retrofit Kits

INDUCTION CIRCLE-Type Retrofit Kits with screw-in bases

  • New! Retrofit Fixtures for replacements of inefficient HID and HPS fixtures:

INDUCTION Flood Light Fixtures in 14 inch, 16 inch, and 23 inch sizes

INDUCTION Wall Pack Fixtures Flood, Semi Cut-off, and Full Cut-off types

INDUCTION Parking Garage Fixtures

INDUCTION Parking Lot Area Light Fixtures

INDUCTION Street Light Fixtures

INDUCTION High bay Fixtures

INDUCTION Tunnel/Viaduct Fixtures

LED Self-Ballasted Acorn type bulbs

LED Parking Garage Fixtures

LED Wall Pack Fixtures

NEPTUN products are designed for residential, commercial, outdoor and indoor infrastructure lighting applications, in accordance with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s announcement of awards totaling more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors. The 58 projects selected by DOE will help make the nation’s buildings more energy efficient and cost-effective. They will also support programs to train workers to service and operate new and existing buildings, to develop and deploy best practices resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and to establish a green workforce with technical expertise to reduce energy costs for consumers. “These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies,” Secretary Chu said. “Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy”, said Secretary Chu. Details of this program can be seen at: http://www.energy.gov/news/9152.htm

NEPTUN Manufactures in the USA. Encouraged by the US Government “Buy American” program, NEPTUN

has established a manufacturing plant in Illinois equipped to manufacture LED, Induction and Solar Lighting products. Additional manufacturing plants located in other states are planned.

“NEPTUN is in Energy Business”, said CEO Andrew Bobel.  WE SEE BEYOND… At NEPTUN we see great things on the horizon. That is why we are working on innovative ways to make a positive influence in saving the environment and communities where we live and work.

Full details about NEPTUN Quick Ship Program can be viewed at: http://www.neptunlight.com/quick_ship_list

About NEPTUN: Complete NEPTUN portfolio of the Energy Conservation Lighting Products for new construction and for retrofit applications can be seen at: http://www.neptunlight.com/products

Product information contact: Robert Aske, Director of Sales

email: Robert.Aske@neptunlight.com

Tel. 888-735-8330

Press Contact: David Vinokur, Communications

email: David.Vinokur@neptunlight.com

Tel. 888-735-8330

Texas Jury Declares that Universal™ Ballasts Infringe U.S. Patent

June 22nd, 2011


June 22, 2011

Texas Jury Declares that Universal™ Ballasts Infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,436,529 issued to Andrew Bobel, Founder, CEO and CTO of NEPTUN Light, Inc.

Cutting-Edge Technology Patented by Andrew Bobel, Founder, CEO, and CTO of NEPTUN Light, Inc. Upheld by U.S. District Court

CHICAGO, IL  — On Friday, June 17, 2011, after a week-long trial at the U.S. District Court in Wichita Falls, TX, a jury declared that all of the asserted electronic ballast products sold by Universal™ Lighting Technologies (ULT) of Nashville, TN, a subsidiary of Panasonic Corp. and Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd., Japan (MEW), infringe all of the asserted claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,436,529.

The patented technology relates to a “Control and Protection Circuit for Electronic Ballasts” and provides highly advanced solutions to problems associated with the safety of electronic ballasts when used with certain types of fluorescent lamps. The patent application was filed in 1993 by inventor Andrew Bobel, Founder, CEO, and CTO of NEPTUN Light, Inc. (NEPTUN), a Chicago-area diversified manufacturer of energy conservation lighting products, such as LED, induction, and compact fluorescent (CFL’s).

“This case was about making the right choices related to respect of the patented invention and the respect of the individual inventor by a large global conglomerate,” said Jonathan T. Suder, Partner of Friedman, Suder & Cooke of Fort Worth, TX representing the Plaintiffs and Inventor. “ULT made bad choices and the jury found them infringing,” said Suder.

About NEPTUN:

NEPTUN Light, Inc. is the industry pioneer in the development of new, energy-saving lighting technologies and products.  With a full line of LED and CFL energy-saving lamps and LED and Induction lighting fixtures, NEPTUN maintains its position as an industry leader by manufacturing in the U.S. and complying with the “Buy American” program. More information may be found at www.neptunlight.com.

About Friedman, Suder & Cooke

The litigation law firm, Friedman, Suder  & Cooke of Forth Worth, TX, is highly experienced in complex matters including: Patent Litigation, Oil & Gas Litigation, Business/Corporate Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, General Federal and Texas State Civil Litigation, Appellate Litigation, Banking Litigation and General Litigation. More information may be found at www.fsclaw.com.

Join us at LIGHTFAIR 2011!

May 14th, 2011

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA

May 17th – 19th, 2011
Booth #3531

Discount Code: V310431

Neptun Light would like to invite you to be our guest at LIGHTFAIR 2011! We are excited to introduce our latest revolutionary energy saving lighting products! Explore our current collection by following the links above. Present our discount code and save $25 on admission to the show. We hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions, visit: www.NeptunLight.com or call us at: (888) 735-8330

NEPTUN is a well-diversified manufacturer of ENERGY CONSERVATION lighting products such as LED, Induction and Compact Fluorescent. Our products are designed for residential, commercial, outdoor and other infrastructure lighting applications. NEPTUN offers intelligent solutions for renewable energy generation such as Wind and Solar.

Induction Lighting: An Old Lighting Technology Made New Again

July 22nd, 2010

Neptun Oval-Remote Ballast OV-26xxx SeriesInduction lighting is one of the best kept secrets in energy-efficient lighting. Simply stated, induction lighting is essentially a fluorescent light without electrodes or filaments, the items that frequently cause other bulbs to burn out quickly. Thus, many induction lighting units have an extremely long life of up to 100,000 hours. To put this in perspective, an induction lighting system lasting 100,000 hours will last more than 11 years in continuous 24/7 operation, and 25 years if operated 10 hours a day.

The technology, however, is far from new. Nikola Tesla demonstrated induction lighting in the late 1890s around the same time that his rival, Thomas Edison, was working to improve the incandescent light bulb. In the early 1990s, several major lighting manufacturers introduced induction lighting into the marketplace.

Despite its high initial cost, induction lighting has many superior characteristics, including the following:

  • Virtually maintenance-free operation
  • High efficacy—in many cases, 60+ or 70+ lumens per watt
  • Long life
  • Excellent color rendering index (CRI)—80+ and in some cases 90+
  • Choice of warm white to cool white (2,700–6,500 K) color temperature
  • Instant start and restrike operation
  • No flickering, strobing, or noise
  • Low-temperature operation
  • Dimmable capability with some units
  • High power factor: .90+

Long Lifespan
Experience with using induction lighting at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico, has demonstrated the long life in actual usage. WIPP’s first induction lighting system was installed in 1998, replacing high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights. More than 10 years later, all but three of the original 36 induction units are still operating after more than 88,000 hours of continuous, 24/7 operation. Additional systems were installed in 2002 and succeeding years, both indoors and outside, with excellent results.

Having said that, there are some caveats. One induction bulb’s rated life is only 15,000 hours and its output is only 1,100 lumens. It is a self-contained all-in-one screw-in unit that can directly replace a conventional incandescent or compact fluorescent bulb. This bulb targets different applications than those of most other induction lighting systems because of both its lower light output and shorter life.

Two of the top manufacturers of induction lighting systems have an average rated life of 100,000 hours, including the ballast. Some other manufacturers only rate their ballasts for 60,000 hours, even though the bulb may last longer. Check out the warranties before buying. Some manufacturers offer full five-year warranties on the entire induction lighting system. Others offer shorter warranties on some or all components.

Although they may last 100,000 hours, after 60,000 to 100,000 hours of operation the initial lumen output of many of the induction lighting systems drops to 70%—the point where relamping is often recommended.

Applications with High Potential for Induction Lighting

  • In hard-to-reach locations that make maintenance costs high, such as street lighting and tunnels, or in high ceilings where there is continuous operation, such as hotel rotundas
  • Cold environments, such as supermarket walk-in coolers and freezers
  • Where high-quality lighting is required or highly desirable
  • Where reliability is highly valued
  • Where high lumen output is required
  • In areas that require lamps to reach full illumination immediately.

Saving More Energy with Innovative Controls
Some manufacturers are introducing innovative control strategies for additional energy savings.

Although most units cannot be dimmed, at least two systems allow for full dimming. One company has teamed with the University of California Lighting Technology Center at the University of California Davis campus to demonstrate a bi-level induction lighting system. This system has two brightness levels. In areas such as parking garages, the light remains at half brightness in the absence of occupants and moves to full brightness when an occupancy sensor shows the presence of someone entering the area. (PDF 3.0 MB). Download Adobe Reader.

Utility Involvement in Induction Lighting
Utilities throughout the country are installing and/or promoting induction lighting. For example, many Northwest public utilities are offering incentives. One utility in New Jersey has a program offering municipal customers the opportunity to replace older mercury vapor street lighting fixtures with new induction lighting fixtures.

Environmental Drawback
As do standard fluorescent bulbs, induction bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, although it is in a solid state that makes it less harmful in case of breakage. Nonetheless, dispose of these bulbs responsibly at the end of their service life like fluorescent bulbs because of the mercury content.

For additional information on induction lighting, see my two comments at the end of my May 5, 2009 blog.

John Lippert is an employee of Energy Enterprise Solutions, a contractor for EERE. He assists with technical reviews of content on the Consumer Guide Web site.

Energy Management Conference trade show

June 15th, 2010

Neptun booth at Energy Management Conference trade show in Seattle, WA

The West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) is the largest energy conference and technology expo held on the U.S. West Coast specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. It brings together the top experts in all areas of the field to help you set a clear, optimum path to both energy cost control and energy supply security. You can explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply and alternative energy options, and learn about innovative project implementation strategies.

 The multi-track conference covers a variety of topics, many specific to the region. The full EMC 2010 agenda includes the two-day conference and expo, as well as several optional intensive seminars. West Coast EMC’s Pacific Northwest Green showcase, co-presented by the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR®, will also be a prominent part of the event for 2010. Here you can examine firsthand the latest green / sustainable / environmentally friendly energy technologies now available for both new design and retrofit projects.

Conference presentations will facilitate your understanding of these technologies, covering such topics as green building design and retrofit; LEED certification and building commissioning; high performance facilities; the latest developments in renewable energy; reducing carbon emissions; transportation solutions for the future; and green/sustainable project success stories.