$100,000 Award Provided to Designer & Manufacturer of Easy-to-Install, Cost-effective & Energy-smart Easy Plug™ Stair & Outdoor Lighting Solutions
North East, Maryland (May 1, 2013) – i-lighting™, the leading manufacturer of extremely easy-to-install, reliable and cost-effective exterior and interior LED lighting applications, has been named the Governor’s Cup Grant Award Winner in the inaugural InvestMaryland Challenge, a national business competition held by the State to honor innovative, early-stage business services operating in the life sciences and high tech industries.
The $100,000 grant was awarded to i-lighting by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley during ceremonies held at the Maryland Institute College of Art on April15th. I-lighting, which was chosen from among hundreds of entrants, first introduced its innovative stair lighting solution in 2005 and has since expanded its product line with the launch of new Deck, Stair and Landscape Lighting Systems using the company’s proprietary Easy Plug™ wiring technology. Over the past few years, i-lighting has announced 100 percent increases in sales based on the growing popularity of its lighting systems that greatly increase the visibility and safety of interior stairways and outdoor areas through the use of energy-efficient LED bulbs that easily plug together with extension cables using built-in “Y-connectors.”
“The InvestMaryland Challenge offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the ground-breaking innovation taking place in our State and connect our entrepreneurs with the resources they need to turn their ideas into the companies and jobs of tomorrow,” said Governor O’Malley. “I want to congratulate all the participants in our inaugural Challenge and look forward to kicking off next year’s competition in the fall.”
“We are extremely honored by this selection,” added says Scott Holland, president & CEO of i-lighting, LLC. “We had an exciting idea and spent the past eight years devoted to making it a reality. This award is testimony to the rewards of effort and perseverance. We are truly committed to our continued growth and expanding our success into new national and international marketplaces.”
Nearly a decade ago, Scott Holland conceived i-lighting’s easy-plug concept while touring Chesapeake Bay and thinking, “I could do that. I can design lighting that makes my boat look as cool as the big boys!” Today, the company’s Stair, Deck and Landscape Lighting Kits can be found in thousands of homes and businesses based throughout the United States , British Columbia , Australia , Canada and Mexico.
Designed with a custom low-voltage DC system and patented Easy Plug wiring harness that can be easily-customized to accommodate nearly any application, i-lighting’s innovative systems were especially configured to dramatically reduce installation times when compared to traditional lighting products. In addition, each kit has everything necessary for installations including light fixtures with unique LED spotlights and all fastener accessories necessary for complete installations.
Simplicity, cost-effectiveness and longevity are also keys, which include a lifetime warranty on the system’s LED bulbs that use approximately 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and are rated for 12-plus years of operation if used 24-hours-a-day/seven-days-a-week. Other specific benefits include a:
Photocell technology that senses ambient light and automatically turns lights on and off for both safety and security, while adding convenience and reliability.
Lighting design that does not create heat and as a result is safer for pets and children, while attracting less insects
One-year warranty on kit materials and a lifetime warranty on all LED lights
Interior systems, which also provide options for battery backup emergency lighting during power failures
For more information including the pricing for individual Deck, Stair and Landscape Systems, please visit www.i-lightingonline.com or call 888-305-4232.
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About Our Company
i-lighting™ was founded to provide easy-to-install, cost-effective and extremely reliable interior and exterior lighting solutions to home owners, contractors and builders. Since 2005, the company has developed and sold thousands of custom-designed DeckLighting, StairLighting and LandscapeLighting Systems to building and maintenance professionals as well as home owners based throughout the United States . For more information please visit www.i-lightingonline.com or call 888-305-4232.