North East, Maryland – i-lighting, the leading manufacturer of 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 April 15th. 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.”
“We are extremely honored by this selection,” says Scott Holland, president and 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 systems dramatically reduce installation times when compared to traditional lighting products. Each kit has everything necessary for installations, including light fixtures and all fastener accessories.
Simplicity, cost-effectiveness and longevity are also keys. The LED bulbs include a lifetime warranty and use approximately 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. Their bulbs are rated for 12-plus years of operation if used 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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