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Expansion of GE LED Cove Lighting System Promotes More LED Conversions

The GE LED Cove Lighting System offers easy installation, excellent brightness and energy savings.Expanded color options in GE Consumer & Industrial's GE LED Cove Lighting System product line make it easier than ever for casinos, hotels, resorts, commercial retail operations, and residential applications with extended operations to reduce wasteful spending on energy and maintenance. At 25 times the life of halogen, the new 4100K GE LED Cove Lighting System provides 320 lumens per foot and consumes just 6.5 watts of energy. It delivers excellent brightness and significant energy savings—a 78 percent reduction compared with a 30 watts-per-foot halogen system.

"The use of GE LED lighting systems in coves has become an irresistible proposition for businesses," said Gus Lanese, manager of growth initiatives, GE Consumer & Industrial. "When you run lights continuously, you ought to be using reliable, long-life LED systems that don't run up the energy bill. Paybacks based on the cost of the product and comparative energy and maintenance costs will invariably show that the GE LED Cove Lighting System is preferable to halogen systems."

Rated for 50,000 hours and capable of running continuously for more than five years, the GE LED Cove Lighting System incorporates the energy efficiency and long life of GE-quality LED technology. The GE LED Cove Lighting System now offers a 10-foot leader cable in addition to a 40-foot cable. The new shorter cable reduces wasted material and can reduce an end-user's cabling costs by as much as 33 percent in some applications. In addition to adding more lumens, the new 4100K GE LED Cove Lighting System now offers a 10-percent higher color-rendering index of 77. The system contains no lead, mercury, or glass and is RoHS compliant.

Users of the GE LED Cove Lighting System can:

  • Eliminate light-quality inconsistencies from incorrect color temperatures or differing brightness levels in replacement lamps;
  • Avoid "socket shadows" thanks to a 120-degree uniform beam pattern that produces a bright and even warm-white light;
  • Dim the lighting with an electronic low-voltage (ELV) reverse phase control dimmer; and
  • Reduce the hassle and expense of labor, material, and disposal costs associated with traditional lamp replacement.
The GE LED Cove Lighting System offers easy-to-use mounting tracks and fewer system components for quick and simple assembly on-site. The one-foot LED fixture lengths provide better lighting around curves and corners, and jumper cables make it easy to work around angles. The low-voltage, Class II power supply is integrated in each fixture to enable long runs of up to 200 feet per 120-volt power input.

Using GE LED lighting systems for cove lighting also allows customers to positively impact their company's brand image with better lighting consistency and control.

Providing solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential use in more than 100 countries, GE Consumer & Industrial uses innovative technologies and ecomaginationSM, a GE initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that help customers and consumers meet pressing environmental challenges, to deliver comfort, convenience and electrical protection and control. General Electric, imagination at work, sells products under the Monogram®, Profile™, GE®, Hotpoint®, SmartWater™, Reveal®, and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Entellisys®, Tetra®, Vio™, and Immersion® commercial brands.

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ECONOMY—GAO: STIMULUS SPENDING "SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF ESTIMATES" BUT STATES AREN'T USING FUNDS AS INTENDED: According to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, economic stimulus spending is currently "'slightly ahead of estimates,' with $29 billion distributed to state governments through mid-June." The GAO initially predicted that "$49 billion would be spent by the federal government in increased transfers to state governments through" September 30. With 60 percent dispersed thus far, spending is "slightly ahead of estimates." However, the GAO has also found that "many states are using the federal funds for short-term projects and to fill budget gaps rather than spending on long-term improvements." Some states are "using education funds to prevent layoffs rather than fund innovative new programs" while others are "not sending transportation funding to the most economically distressed areas." For instance, the report says that 21 counties in Illinois that were identified as economically distressed "would not have been so classified" if the state had followed the economic recovery act's criteria. Moreover, local school officials "told the GAO they did not plan to use stimulus funding for educational improvements because they have to spend the money quickly [on] more pressing needs" such as saving teachers' jobs or preserving current school programs. 

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