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LiteSheet Solutions named Innovator of the Year at TechEDGE 2016

October 13, 2016 (Bedford, VA) –LiteSheet Solutions (‘LiteSheet’) was recognized as the Innovator of the Year by the Region 2000 Technology Council at the TechEDGE 2016 annual dinner and awards night.

“LiteSheet is developing highly reliable AC Direct LED lighting and we’re honored to receive the Innovator of the Year award this year” said Roger Whyte, LiteSheet CEO. “I’m proud of our team who has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time.”

LiteSheet has 14 patents issued or filed in the LED and green energy technology areas. With manufacturing located in Bedford, VA, LiteSheet is committed to bringing jobs and opportunities to Virginia as the company is poised to double in size over the next 12 months.

Using a patented adaptive AC direct design that eliminates the need for a failure-prone DC power supply LiteSheet products carry up to a 15 year warranty. With a maintenance free design and an efficiency topping 140 lm/W, LiteSheet products lead the industry in the lowest total cost of ownership for LED luminaires.

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About LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, www.litesheet.com
LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, is the Adaptive AC LED Technology Company that develops and commercializes products for the commercial and industrial lighting market. The founders have combined their extensive knowledge of lighting technologies and manufacturing processes to create highly efficient lighting with reduced production costs. The result is the most economical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable LED lighting available.

Center for Advanced Engineering and Research Receives $1.36M Grant to Support R&D Efforts of LiteSheet Solutions in Bedford County

September 29, 2016 Forest, Virginia – The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC) recently awarded the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) a $1.36 million research and development grant at their meeting in Wise, VA on September 20, 2016. This grant will be used to support the research and development activities of LiteSheet Solutions LLC, a privately held light-emitting diode (LED) company that produces the world’s most efficient AC Direct LED light engine. With the support of TRRC Phase I grant funding over the last 3 years, LiteSheet has opened a UL/MET and ETL certified manufacturing facility in in the Little Otter Industrial Park on Forest Road, just outside the Town of Bedford. Bedford, VA and begun hiring employees. It has developed, commercialized, and generated revenue on 11 UL Certified interior lighting product families (representing over 120 products), all of which are DesignLights Consortium (DLC) compliant. With this new Phase II funding LiteSheet will continue this work to develop exterior lighting products, advance the company’s IP technology further, install an additional manufacturing line, and move the company to a new building with more capacity for growth.

With the success of LiteSheet’s initial project in developing technology for product lines that have mainly focused on interior commercial-industrial applications both private and municipal customers have requested exterior lighting including street light cobra heads, parking lot lights, and exterior fixtures for buildings. LiteSheet’s technology provides a 50-year life span with significantly higher energy efficiency; the total cost of ownership is dramatically reduced to the customer. LiteSheet’s adaptive AC Technology is 30% more efficient than conventional LED technology reducing energy costs. In addition, labor costs to change/maintain the fixture are eliminated reducing liability from employee injury in maintaining the fixture. When extended to a street light for a busy street in a city, changing a light bulb becomes a more costly proposition—closing the street, renting/use of a scissor lift or bucket truck, insurance, permits, workers’ comp, the list of savings goes on and on.

“The CAER and Del. Kathy Byron from the Tobacco Commission have been great partners and without their assistance none of this would be possible,” stated Roger Whyte, CEO of LiteSheet. “This additional funding will allow us to continue to expand our product lines and to grow our presence in the region.”

“LiteSheet is an innovative manufacturer that represents the future of their industry”, said Delegate Kathy J. Byron, who chairs the Tobacco Commission’s Research and Development Committee. “They are exactly the type of firm we should be attracting to our region, bringing the jobs that will strengthen our local economy and provide more opportunities for our citizens.” 
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About The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General
Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded nearly 2000 grants totaling more than $1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders.
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About the CAER:
The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research is a non-profit organization that creates working relationships between high-tech industries, major R&D centers and university researchers, and facilitates professional development opportunities for scientists and engineers in the region. Its 30,000 square-foot research and education facility, located in the New London Business and Technology Center in Bedford
County, will serve as the region’s source for industry innovation. www.caer.us.

LiteSheet Solutions releases DesignLights Consortium (DLC) qualified troffer families.

September 13, 2016 (Bedford, VA) –LiteSheet Solutions (‘LiteSheet’) announces today that their first two families of troffer fixtures are listed on the DesignLights™ Consortium’s Qualified Products List (DLC QPL). Available in a wide range of color temperatures, sizes and power settings, the BRG and BTS families cover most applications in office and industrial spaces. The fixtures are listed for recessed and surface mount installations allowing for a consistent style to be maintained throughout a building.

“We’re proud to meet all of the requirements of DLC with our fully dimmable adapative AC direct PowerCor technology,” said Roger Whyte, LiteSheet CEO. “All of our troffers families are 100% made in the United States and that allows us to deliver quality products in as little as two weeks.”
Energy program administrators use both the DLC QPL and the DOE Energy Star list as a criteria for energy efficiency programs. As a DLC listed fixture, LiteSheet troffers are eligible for utility energy rebates in many US markets.

Using a patented AC direct design that eliminates the need for a failure-prone DC power supply LiteSheet products carry up to a 15 year warranty. With a maintenance free design and an efficiency topping 140 lm/W, BriteCor products lead the industry in the lowest total cost of ownership for LED luminaires.

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About LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, www.litesheet.com
LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, is the Adaptive AC LED Technology Company that develops and commercializes products for the commercial and industrial lighting market. The founders have combined their extensive knowledge of lighting technologies and manufacturing processes to create highly efficient lighting with reduced production costs. The result is the most economical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable LED lighting available.

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The historic Woolworth building in NYC uses LiteSheet Solutions to brighten its beautiful ceiling artwork

August 3, 2016 (Bedford, VA) –LiteSheet Solutions (‘LiteSheet’) linear Stik lighting is now being used to illuminate the unique and ornate lobby of the iconic Woolworth Building. Previously, halogen bulbs had provided the ceiling artwork light but the cost to replace bulbs was prohibitively expensive. The LiteSheet E2 Stik product can be wired end-to-end for runs as long as 270 feet making installation simple and inexpensive. The BriteCor Adaptive AC Direct technology is maintenance free since there are no power supplies in the light with a lifetime of 45 years.

“Our E2 Stik provides more light output per linear foot than the halogen lights we replaced at a fraction of the power,” said Roger Whyte, LiteSheet CEO.  “The final installation runs on 60 Watts – replacing 600 Watts of existing lighting and eliminating the need to service the lights for years to come.”

LiteSheet products are proudly made in the USA and carry up to a 15 year warranty. With a maintenance free design and an efficiency topping 140 lm/W, BriteCor products lead the industry in the lowest total cost of ownership for LED luminaires.

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About LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, www.litesheet.com
LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, is the Adaptive AC LED Technology Company that develops and commercializes products for the commercial and industrial lighting market. The founders have combined their extensive knowledge of lighting technologies and manufacturing processes to create highly efficient lighting with reduced production costs. The result is the most economical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable LED lighting available.
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LiteSheet Solutions earns Intertek Group certification for manufacturing AC direct LED lights in Bedford Virginia

July 18, 2016 (Bedford, VA) – The Intertek Group completed the pre-certification factory inspection at the LiteSheet Solutions (‘LiteSheet’) Corporate headquarters, finding no discrepancies in the quality procedures and policies required by the nationally recognized testing laboratory.  The approval enables LiteSheet to manufacture products that meet UL testing criteria and label them with an ETL certified mark.  Prior to the inspection, LiteSheet had been utilizing an Intertek approved contract manufacturer to produce select lines of its LED fixture portfolio.

“We’re extremely pleased to expand the production of our AC Direct Lighting fixtures in our Bedford facility,” said Roger Whyte, LiteSheet CEO.  “We will be able to maintain our high production quality and continue to be competitive in the commercial lighting industry.”

The ETL certification will initially cover eight product families representing over 30 commercial and industrial light fixtures. All of the approved fixtures use the patented BriteCor AC direct LED engine. The result is a product line with higher efficiency, longer life and less waste throughout the entire life cycle.

These ETL listings against UL and Canadian standards for LiteSheet follow a significant investment from The Center for Innovative Technology that was confirmed in May 2016 and the near close to a very successful series A round of funding. The portfolio comes complete with 140 lumens/watt measured output, 450,00 hours MTBF of continuous operation and the industry’s longest available warranty for up to 15 years. All LiteSheet products are fully patented and proudly manufactured in the USA.

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About LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, www.litesheet.com
LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, is the Adaptive AC LED Technology Company that develops and commercializes products for the commercial and industrial lighting market. The founders have combined their extensive knowledge of lighting technologies and manufacturing processes to create highly efficient lighting with reduced production costs. The result is the most economical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable LED lighting available.

LiteSheet Solutions indicates reliability as consumer’s leading purchase factor and expedited three products to be tested and cleared by ETL

July 13, 2016 (Bedford, VA) – LiteSheet Solutions (‘LiteSheet’) released three ETL listed fixtures to the marketplace this past week in response to unusually high consumer demand. After completing large installations, such as the Cleveland Convention Center Hotel, as well as commissioning its first round of primary research, feedback from these initiatives indicated that reliability and energy efficiency were among the most important features for commercial installs. LiteSheet products incorporate Adaptive AC LED technology, which utilizes AC direct connections, eliminating the DC power supply to create an immediate baseline energy savings of 15%. All released products are ETL listed for damp locations making them universal in their application and installations do not require re-wiring.

The BriteCor Parabolic Lens Troffer (‘BPT’) is a premium fixture with greater than 90% reflectivity and designed for locations that require low glare illumination in a recessed configuration (www.Litesheet.com). BPT comes equipped with anodized semi-specular aluminum louvers, which are manufactured using interlocked construction and mitered corners, making it adaptable to a wide range of retrofits and new construction.

The BriteCor Recessed Grid Troffer (‘BRG’) is one of the most widely used troffers in the portfolio with use cases across a diverse set of applications for commercial and industrial installs in UL defined damp locations (www.Litesheet.com). BRG features Light Lock technology, which reduces light leakages and is applicable for all general illumination needs. Its design eliminates the need for tools when accessing the power connections and knockouts are included to allow for continuous wiring.

The Volumetric Recessed Fixture (‘BTS’) provides uniform ambient lighting across matte surfaces most commonly used in modern office settings (www.Litesheet.com). The fixture also works with optional occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting accessories, which aligns with the company’s corporate mission of providing the highest energy efficiency standards across the industry.

LiteSheet’s founding CEO, Roger Whyte, states “it is paramount that we deliver products that our customers are demanding, which has prompted LiteSheet to commission a series of industry related primary research. Our findings directly resulted in the expediting of these ETL listed products as a part of our portfolio because of the heavy importance on reliability as a top specification across more than 70% of our key customers.”

These ETL listings against UL and Canadian standards for LiteSheet follow a significant investment from The Center for Innovative Technology that was confirmed in May. The portfolio comes complete with 140 lumens/watt measured output, 450,00 hours MTBF of continuous operation and the industry’s longest available warranty for up to 15 years. All LiteSheet products are fully patented and proudly manufactured in the USA.

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May 2, 2016 (Bedford, VA) – LiteSheet Solutions attended Lightfair 2016 in San Diego this past week with 14 additional product families, which will expand its portfolio by over 200% in additional product applications (Lightfair Experience).  This expansion effort was driven by the overwhelming consumer demand that was realized in 2015.  LiteSheet Solution’s enhanced portfolio will empower the company to make a greater impact on energy conservation by supplying new industries, such as, transportation, exterior high rises and wet/dry locations.  Traditionally they have serviced office spaces, parking garages and historical landmarks with highly unique specifications.

Just over a week ago, The Center for Innovative Technology (‘CIT’) also announced its investment to the company’s seed round where Ed Albrigo stated, CIT President and CEO, said, “CIT is honored to invest in innovative entrepreneurs and products that are the foundation of our new Virginia economy. The team at LiteSheet has developed new lighting innovations that will not only reduce energy consumption but also produce jobs here at home.”  Located in Bedford, Virginia, LiteSheet is able to design, manufacture and produce all of its products in the United States, reducing shipping times and increasing reliability of the final product.

LiteSheet is sole owner of several patents that allow them to deliver Adaptive AC LED Technology (Technology Roadmap).  This patent protected technology allows LiteSheet to be the only company in the commercial LED industry that can offer a product with a 15-year warranty and long life luminaires, which offer 450,000 hours of continuous lighting.  The company’s CEO, Roger Whyte states, “I am incredibly proud that we have created a more efficient and reliable lighting product by eliminating the power supply, so that it never has to be maintained for its 50-year lifetime.”

Since the company’s founding 2 years ago LiteSheet has trailblazed the AC direct marketplace.  LiteSheet’s founder, Todd Hodrinsky states, “I created this product because I looked at the existing product offering and thought it was far too complicated and something had to change.  I take energy conservation seriously and knew that this could be my way of making a difference.”

LiteSheet Solutions has found a way to deliver constant lumen output improving the quality of light and the dimming capabilities.  Their mesh technology is the power support for their lighting solution and ensures that it can outlast any product on the market (The LiteSheet Product).

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About LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, www.litesheet.com

LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, is the Adaptive AC LED Technology company that develops and commercializes products for the commercial and industrial lighting market. The founders have combined their extensive knowledge of lighting technologies and manufacturing processes to create highly efficient lighting with reduced production costs. The result is the most economical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable LED lighting available.

 

About the Center for Innovative Technology, www.cit.org

Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia’s primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers.

 

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Rochelle Webb, LiteSheet Solutions, LLC

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LiteSheet™ expands Brik product line for tough damp location installations

Bedford, VA, February 2, 2016: LiteSheet Solutions LLC announces the MET Labs approval of its E2 Brik product line. The approval means that the E2 Briks are certified to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards for installation in damp locations.

Featuring the LiteSheet patented BriteCor AC Direct LED technology, that requires NO POWER SUPPLY to drive the LEDs the standard Brik product line is a market leader – using less power and requiring no maintenance over its 15 year lifetime. “The E2 Brik is a perfect example of LiteSheet developing products that exceed our customers expectations. A large university in Ohio asked if we would provide a fixture that would work in their parking garages under harsh environmental conditions,” says Roger Whyte, LiteSheet CEO. “We redesigned the enclosure for damp locations and added the ability to mount directly to a common j-box, greatly reducing the installation time. For this installation LiteSheet’s E2 product reduced power consumption 75% while increasing delivered lumens in the garage by 2X.”

The E2 Brik Series is offered in 24” and 48” lengths with a wide variety of color temperature options. The light fixtures are designed to be mounted directly to an electrical j-box, or with a AC plug cord set making this an easy option for parking garage retrofit applications. The BriteCor™ AC Direct drive technology produces over 125 lumens per Watt with a MTBF rating over 450,000 hours – a significant improvement over current DC power supply driven LED light that requires maintenance and power supply replacement.

The E2 version of the Brik will expand the LiteSheet family into applications such as above-ground parking decks, transportation tunnels, and indoor environments where splash from spray is possible. For more information on this amazing technology visit LiteSheet’s website at www.litesheet.com.

About LiteSheet Solutions, LLC
LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, is the AC Direct LED lighting innovation company that develops and commercializes products for the commercial and industrial lighting market. The founders have combined their extensive knowledge of lighting technologies and manufacturing processes to create highly efficient lighting with reduced production costs. The result is the most economical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable LED lighting available.

Pick-and-placeBedford, VA, September 9, 2015: LiteSheet Solutions LLC completed a pilot run of a new Surface Mount Technology (SMT) production line installed at the Little Otter facility in Bedford, VA.  The Manncorp Inc (Huntington Valley, PA) pick and place robotic system and 4 stage reflow oven can produce over 500 LED boards per hour.  The completion of the pilot phase enables LiteSheet to begin production in house rather than relying on subcontractors to supply the boards.  “Being able to control our own production gives us the ability to better monitor quality and consistency,” according to Debbie Cebry, Director of Manufacturing Operations.  “We can produce boards in hours for mixed lots of lights rather than waiting 2-3 weeks to receive product from our contract houses.”

Bringing LED and driver board manufacturing in house gives LiteSheet a competitive advantage for product mix flexibility and delivery time.  “We’ve cut our delivery time from weeks to days for dozens of products in our catalog,” says Roger Whyte, LiteSheet CEO.  “We are also proud to deliver on our commitment to bring jobs to the Bedford area.”  LiteSheet has added two employees to its local workforce since the SMT line was installed last spring.  The modular design of the equipment will allow LiteSheet to quickly scale production to meet sales growth and the widening range of light fixtures offered to the market.

LiteSheet Solutions designs and manufactures LED light fixtures powered by the BriteCor™ AC Direct drive technology capable of producing over 130 lumens per watt with a MTBF of 450,000 continuous hours. It is the first AC Direct luminaire able to withstand power spikes up to 5000 volts without external suppression.  For more information on this amazing technology visit their website at www.litesheet.com.

About LiteSheet Solutions, LLC

LiteSheet Solutions, LLC, is an innovation company that develops and commercializes lighting products for the general lighting market. The founders have combined their extensive knowledge of lighting technologies and manufacturing processes to create highly efficient lighting with reduced production costs. The result is the most economically favorable, environmentally friendly, and sustainable LED lighting available.

Decatur, GA, May 15, 2015: LiteSheet Solutions, manufacturers for the industry’s first AC direct LED light engine, is proud to announce its appointment of David Hicks as a new Director of Business Development.

David was part of the management team that developed and executed a plan to re-engineer DVT Corporation, a machine vision manufacturing company, when it was on the verge of closing its doors. “I executed a channel strategy that encompassed marketing, sales training, prospecting, and in the trenches selling, that transformed DVT from an industry footnote to the première machine vision manufacturer in the market, creating shareholder value and culminating in acquisition of DVT by Cognex ($115M),” said Hicks.

David founded and developed DataComplex Inc. The DataComplex EPCenter product, a cloud based platform as a service, uses a 4th generation event processing query language that allows companies like British Telecom, Citigroup, and others to create business intelligence, business process monitoring, and sensor fusion applications. After DataComplex, David jump started sales and marketing for Camotion, a robot technology startup, delivering NASA, GM, and Lockheed/Martin as customers.

“David brings a wealth of experience, a history of success, high energy and true passion for Servant Leadership at LiteSheet”, said LiteSheet CEO Roger Whyte. “Our AC direct LED technology has positioned us for a fantastic future and David is a big part of why we are so optimistic.”

David can be reached by phone at 860.213.8311.
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