Tempo Industries LLC, a producer of scalable, modular and linear LED lighting solutions, has announced its support as a founding sponsor of Light Think University (LTU), a thought and design leader inspiring people to see light differently. LTU’s recently launched awareness-to-action campaign is targeted at enriching educational lighting experiences while reducing lighting energy use in colleges and universities nationwide by 80 percent. LTU is sharing campaign details and presentations by academic and industry participants, including Tempo, during a panel discussion at LIGHTFAIR International April 24, 2013, in Philadelphia.
“The LTU campaign connects interdisciplinary student teams with lighting industry leaders for experiential learning in people-inspired, sustainable design practices that employ leading-edge solid-state lighting technologies for a wide range of room environments,” comments Tempo President & CEO, Terrence Walsh, who also serves on the LTU board of directors. “Tempo’s LED-based product development embraces a philosophy shared by a number of like-minded companies, namely that it is imperative to focus and expand the educational requirements necessary to support the adoption of LED technology.”
Tempo has been a long-term advocate of the premise that active involvement with education is of critical importance in advancing LED lighting and the customer’s energy management skills. To that end, the company has regularly hosted lunch and learn programs, as well as implemented extensive product reviews and mock-ups that had effectively set the stage for the company’s involvement with Light Think University.
Walsh adds: “We believe that the visions of Tempo and LTU are fundamentally aligned on two strategic points: First, that we all need to take a more holistic approach to lighting as a value-adding ‘appliance,’ not a commodity. Second, that real engagement with people creates a dynamic opportunity to participate in molding, adapting and changing the antiquated supply chain dominated by outdated legacy systems.”
According to the Energy Information Agency, higher-education institutions spend nearly $12 billion annually in electricity costs for lighting and are the third highest energy consumer in the U.S. LTU’s awareness-to-action campaign intends to inspire lighting innovation that focuses as much on the beauty and comfort of the visual environment as on energy efficiency. A primary goal is to demonstrate how respectful, people-inspired lighting designs can enrich the learning experience while stimulating student interaction, enthusiasm and engagement. Participating schools will demonstrate an 80-percent reduction of lighting energy use while positively impacting their educational, technical and sustainability brand image with students, parents and the community.
“Light Think University is thankful and very appreciative of the support and active participation that the team at Tempo Industries has invested in us this past year. We look forward to hearing from Terrence during our LTU Launch Event at this year’s LIGHTFAIR International,” says Derry Berrigan, LTU chair and co-founder. “The encouragement and financial support that Tempo has provided will help LTU in its mission to transform higher education’s built environment while creating learning laboratories for students. We are preparing the next generation of consumers, professionals and workforce to see light differently.”