WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (January 20, 2015) – MaxLite, a leading global manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting products, is helping a group of eco-conscious New Jersey high school students spread the LED message through a grant from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ (NJCEP).
MaxLite is supplying its LED A-line lamps and downlight retrofits to HelpLightNJ, a youth organization committed to teaching the values of energy conservation, to be sold at a substantial discount via New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program. HelpLightNJ members Joe Belko of Wall Township High School and Dominic Heise and Matt Renzo of Watchung Hills Regional High School held the organization’s first LED outreach event on December 10, 2014 at Greenbriar at Whittingham, an active adult community with over 1,600 homes and 3,000 residents, in Monroe Township, NJ.
With assistance from the NJCEP Creative Outreach and Education promotion administered by the NJ Board of Public Utilities, HelpLightNJ will continue to visit senior centers, housing projects and other community centers throughout New Jersey in 2015 to offer discounted energy-saving lamps and educate residents about energy conservation. The nominal fees charged for the LED products at each event are used to offset HelpLightNJ’s distribution costs. Prior to 2014, HelpLightNJ also partnered with New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program by distributing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) through its outreach program.
“We have moved from distributing CFLs to LEDs this year,” noted Belko. “While CFLs save energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, LEDs are much more efficient. The downside to LEDs, as was the case with CFLs when HelpLightNJ began its program seven years ago, is that they are more expensive up-front, and that has been a barrier to acceptance. Thanks to our grant from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program and partnership with MaxLite, we have removed that barrier. By increasing education about the long-term energy- and cost-saving benefits of LED lighting, we hope it will be an obvious choice for all New Jersey residents to make the switch.”
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Photo by Nick Zeleneki, Vanalog Photography
About HelpLightNJ (www.helplightnj.com)
HelpLightNJ works to inspire teens to take action in the fight against global warming while teaching the values of energy conservation and helping the underserved in hopes of creating a better earth. Since its inception in 2007, the organization has distributed over 90,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and LED lamps, which will save more than $14 million in energy costs and reduce CO2 release by over 166 million pounds. HelpLight NJ was founded by John Caddock, Matthew Erickson and Paula Pilipovic.
About MaxLite (www.maxlite.com)
MaxLite has been committed to providing energy-efficient lighting products for more than 20 years, and was one of the first movers into LED technology in the industry. An ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, MaxLite established the MaxLED brand, an extensive line of state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor lighting lamps and luminaires. Through MaxLite’s innovative research and development capabilities in its LEED-certified California office and product assembly center in New Jersey, MaxLite continues to be at the forefront of energy-efficient technologies. For more information, call 800-555-5629, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.