Independence LED Lighting Featured in EEB Hub Industry Partner Gallery

March 27, 2014

The Department of Energy’s Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub)   is proud to welcome a new display to its Industry Partner Gallery.  Independence LED Lighting, a Wayne, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of energy-saving “linear” LED products is the latest area manufacturer to display product for the commercial building Advanced Energy Retrofit (AER) market.

The Industry Partner Gallery can be found on the third floor of the Hub’s current headquarters in Building 101 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  The program will accompany the EEB Hub when it moves to its new home, Building 661, in the fall of 2014, which will include display space to showcase building retrofit technologies for small to mid-size commercial buildings.

The Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC), a regional economic development organization and resource center for manufacturers in Philadelphia, coordinates this program for the EEB Hub.  The Regional Supplier Program is one of many projects involving the small to mid-sized commercial building supplier community (product providers, installers, auditors, consultants, service providers, etc.) which DVIRC organizes and/or has supported for the EEB Hub over the past three years.

Founded in 2007, Independence LED’s product innovations include award-winning commercial LED solutions for new construction and retrofits.  These products find use in office ceilings, parking garages, low bay/high bay fixtures, and various other applications.  The company’s products combine the highest efficiency LEDs with external, independent drivers and aircraft-grade, deep-fin aluminum heat sinks to optimize thermal management and conductivity.  In this way, the diodes stay cool, increasing light quality and longevity.

As proof of their pedigree, just last year the company received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Urban Green Award for “Best Lighting Retrofit.”  Independence LED’s customers include a broad range of company types—from education, healthcare, and automotive installations to the U.S. Government and well-known members of the Fortune 100.

“Property owners and managers to date have seen energy savings between 50% and 75% on their lighting through our technology,” says Independence LED Founder and Chairman Charlie Szoradi.  “The inherent efficiency and longevity associated with LED-based lighting enables users to compound their savings over an extended period of time.  Szoradi adds that being part of the Industry Partner Gallery means a great deal to Independence LED.  “We create American jobs and exist to provide energy efficiency and superior lighting quality to those who understand the potential benefits of these solutions,” he says. “The opportunity to showcase our products through the EEB Hub is a real honor.”

“Independence LED represents the latest chapter in a true American manufacturing success story,” says Barry Miller, DVIRC’s President and COO.  “The Szoradi family has driven manufacturing-based job creation for more than a century. Their commitment to challenging the status quo in pursuit of manufacturing excellence makes them a perfect fit for the Hub’s activities. The region is fortunate to have Independence LED located here, and DVIRC is proud to count them among our clients.”

The Regional Supplier Program is coordinated by Rob Crossett, DVIRC’s Business Development Manager. The Building Retrofit supplier displays rotate at 2-3 month intervals and can be seen together with those of the Hub Industry partners: Lutron Electronics, Inc., United Technologies Research Center, PPG Industries, and Bayer MaterialScience, which manages the Gallery display area.  Regional Suppliers are selected for the display on the basis of their fit and potential contribution to the EEB Hub goals of reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings.  The displays are open for public viewing to all visitors, as well as participants in EEB Hub activities.


About Independence LED Lighting            

Independence LED Lighting, LLC is a U.S.-based manufacturer of industry-leading “linear” LED products, parking garage fixtures, and high bay fixtures. The company’s signature Eagle LED Tube System is comprised of a full line of fluorescent replacement products, as well as a portfolio of multi-tube fixture options; together, these are proven to save users 50% or more on lighting costs. LED tubes manufactured by Independence LED are classified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and meet the Buy America standards of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

About The EEB Hub

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) was established in by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on February 1, 2011 with a mission of improving energy efficiency in buildings—literally re-energizing them for the future—from its headquarters in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, one of the nation’s largest and most dynamic redevelopment opportunities.


Federal funding for the EEB Hub’s first five years of operation comes primarily from the DOE, with additional contributions from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA).