(PRWEB) May 31, 2005
Sea Gull Lighting Products, Inc., (http://www.seagulllighting.com) a leading manufacturer and marketer of decorative and functional lighting products, has expanded its long-term commitment to builders, designers and architects by adding many new energy-efficient lighting products to its ENERGY STARÂ® line of products. With this new value-added initiative, Sea Gull Lighting now offers its industry partners an unprecedented array of ENERGY STARÂ®-qualified lighting fixtures and ceiling fans totaling more than 500 SKUs.
Named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the EPA in 2004 and 2005, Sea Gull Lighting is dedicated to meeting industry and consumer needs for energy-efficient lighting that conserves energy, better protects the environment and meets increasingly stringent ENERGY STAR Advanced Lighting Package demands and new legislation such as California Title 24 Residential Lighting Standard.
Introduced by the EPA in the fall of 2003, the ENERGY STAR Advanced Lighting Package ALP is a voluntary construction option that details the use of ENERGY STAR qualified lighting fixtures in homes To qualify as an Advanced Lighting Package, at least half of the lighting fixtures used within high-use rooms such as kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and family rooms must be ENERGY STAR qualified. In addition, 25 percent of the lighting used in medium to low use rooms such as bedrooms, basements, dens and garages must bear the ENERGY STAR label, while 50 percent of affixed outdoor lighting must be ENERGY STAR certified.
ÂThere are numerous benefits for embracing this program,Â says Sam Rashkin, the EPAÂs National Director of ENERGY STAR Homes. ÂIn todayÂs bustling housing market, home owners and prospective owners are continually looking for new ways to increase the value of their investments, staying on the cutting edge with the latest technologies and saving money. ENERGY STAR qualified lighting does all this, while helping to better protect the environment. ÂBy enlisting in the ENERGY STAR program and including the Advanced Lighting Package in their efforts, builders, designers and architects can distinguish themselves within their communities as leaders in environmental stewardship and efficient construction.Â
In addition to federal programs, ENERGY STAR qualified lighting is also expected to impact ever-increasing number of statewide initiatives mandating the usage of energy-efficient lighting. For instance, the ÂResidential Lighting Portion of the California 2005 Building Energy Efficiency StandardsÂ offers detailed high-efficiency lighting requirements for all projects requiring a building permit beyond October 1, 2005. These requirements also impact the use of lighting including dimmers and occupancy sensors in nearly every area of the home ranging from the kitchen and bathroom to the garage and homeÂs exterior.
Once enacted, California Title 24 is also expected to effect other statesÂ energy conservation initiatives since much of the country will be closely monitoring the programÂs success. As a result, ENERGY STAR qualified products as offered by Sea Gull Lighting will also help homeowners and contractors comply with future legislation by not only meeting, but exceeding current Title 24 legislation specifications.
As for ENERGY STAR benefits, the mark, which signifies strict compliance with EPA testing guidelines, is presently recognizable by more than 64 percent of all consumers nationwide. This is because many homeowners already realize that:
Â· The replacement of only five frequently used lighting fixtures with ENERGY STAR alternatives can save approximately $60 a year in energy costs
Â· ENERGY STAR fixtures ship with bulbs that must have a minimum life of 10,000 hours (approx. 9 years life at 3 hours/day)
Â· ENERGY STAR lighting products generate about 78 percent less heat than standard incandescent lighting. This means it is cool to the touch and can help reduce home cooling costs.
Â· ENERGY STAR qualified products have helped consumers save $10 billion in energy costs in 2004 alone.
For more information on ENERGY STAR qualified lighting benefits and the ENERGY STAR Advanced Lighting Package, builders, designers and architects are urged to visit http://www.seagulllighting.com/energystar or http://www.energystar.gov. Once enrolled in the program, the EPA and Sea Gull Lighting supports all ENERGY STAR Advanced Lighting Package partners with numerous marketing materials including cost-saving calculator tools, brochures, fact sheets and a listing on the ENERGY STAR Web site.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. Today, with assistance from the Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR program offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 7,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
About Sea Gull Lighting Products, Inc.
Headquartered in Riverside, New Jersey, Sea Gull Lighting Products, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and marketer of decorative and functional lighting for residential, commercial and architectural applications. The 86-year-old company provides more than 3,500 product designs spanning 15 categories to a multi-national network of electrical distributors, lighting showrooms, furniture and gift specialty stores as well as various niche markets. These products are marketed worldwide under the Sea Gull LightingÂ®, AmbianceÂ® Lighting SystemsÂ®, Monte Carlo Fan CompanyÂ®, PGA TOURÂ® Home Collection and Carolyn Kinder Lighting brand names. Sea Gull Lighting is also a proud partner of the EPAÂs ENERGY STARÂ® Program and was recently named 2005 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.
Sea Gull Lighting product photography is also available at http://www.seagulllighting.com/media.
For more information on Sea Gull Lighting and its products, contact Jody De Vine at 856-764-0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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