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October 15th, 2010

NYC, NY – October 15th, 2010 – Bulbtronics, Inc., in conjunction with Acolyte Industries, Inc. has completed an LED enhancement project of the Island at New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The Island, which rises above the flight deck, was previously lit by a rented product that did not create the desired look for the ship. That’s when Bulbtronics and Acolyte stepped in to properly scope the project and resolve the lighting concerns.     

The new LED lighting will be used to illuminate the Intrepid for both special occasions and for everyday lighting of the number “11” on both sides of the Island. “As a museum that also happens to be an aircraft carrier, we had some challenges with installing proper lighting to highlight the ship,” stated Darren Stone, AVP of Technology of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

“Determining the lighting design for this project was a challenge because of the angles of the ship. We had to be very strategic in where we placed the fixtures so as to evenly and entirely wash all the walls with color. Because of the ships gray color, we had to custom-configure the individual colors to achieve the end color that the custom wanted to see on the ship at night. We are overall pleased with the outcome of the design and look and the experience on this job has taken our company to another level,” said J.R. Guerrieri, CEO of Acolyte.

For the Museum, Bulbtronics, along with Acolyte, manufacturer of the LEDs used for this project, replaced the existing cold cathode light bulbs used on the museum’s number “11”, located on both sides of the ship, with high power water proof LED extreme ribbon lighting. This is a controllable lighting option that will now allow the ship to change the colors of the 11’s and reduce the energy usage, an option that was not available with the cold cathode light bulbs. Bulbtronics also used High Power RGB Exterior Linear Wash fixtures in 2’ and 4’ lengths for the main fixtures.  Each of these fixtures is a 3 channel RGB fixture which uses standard DMX 512 protocol.  Each LED fixture is independently operable, resolving the issue of needing more lighting control.

Bulbtronics met this challenge head on and delivered an easy-to-use system that is impactful, green and affordable. The results are a great spread of color for the number of fixtures and very bright saturation. Overall the project came out exactly as expected.” Stone said.
“This was a very difficult, but exciting project for us to take on,” said Michael Nachman, LED Product Manager at Bulbtronics. We are extremely pleased with the results and hope this serves as a springboard for other museums and landmarks to consider energy-efficient lighting.”

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Equipment used: 
Hi-Power Exterior Linear Wash 2 Feet 18 LED 120VAC RGB Color Change
Hi-Power Exterior Linear Wash 4 Feet 36 LED 120VAC RGB Color Change
DMX Mini Control Console
Dawn to Dusk Sensor
Power Feed Custom Lengths
DMX Custom Lengths
Astronomical Time Controller

About the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier ‘Intrepid’ with seven full decks and four theme halls; the guided missile submarine Growler; and an extensive collection of over 30 aircraft including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft in the world.  Guests can experience newly opened areas of the ship including the fo’c’sle (commonly known as the anchor chain room), new multimedia presentations and exhibit collections, interactive educational stations and a brand new state-of-the-art public pier. 

About Bulbtronics
Bulbtronics is a leading supplier of lamps, batteries and related lighting products for the entertainment industry, with more than 60,000 products from over 150 manufacturers in 7 stocking locations across the world: Farmingdale, NY (HQs), NYC, Miami, FL, Orlando, FL, Burbank, CA and Munich, Germany.
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About Acolyte Industries, Inc.

Acolyte Industries was founded in 1996 to serve the escalating needs of the hospitality and special event community. Utilizing LED technology, Acolyte patented products afforded unprecedented and unlimited applications with the freedom of design and wireless capabilities to be widely used where lighting could not be used before. Acolyte is committed to delivering a positive customer experience, including design, application, pre and post installation services. All of Acolyte lighting solutions are environmentally friendly and provide measureable energy savings while reducing operating costs. The corporate offices and showroom, displaying Acolyte products in application, is located in the heart of New York City.