SOLON, Ohio — Energy Focus, Inc. has been named a 2021 Environment + Energy Leader award winner, receiving a “Top Product of the Year” Award for the upcoming Suncycle, autonomous HCL system controlled by the EnFocus platform. The win is a validation of innovation and potential impact of Suncycle from the program’s expert judges that consider the EnFocus HCL platform a top example of breakthrough work in energy and environmental management. This is the second consecutive year that Energy Focus has received this elite award for its EnFocus lighting control platform.
The Environment + Energy Leader Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, and in projects implemented by companies that have improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line.
The new, second-generation EnFocus Human-Centric Lighting system, with EnFocus-compatible switches and LED lamps to be marketed under the EnFocus and Suncycle brands, enables both commercial facilities and residential consumers to implement flicker-free, dimmable, color-tunable and autonomous circadian LED lighting. This system, with patented and patent-pending technologies, drives superior light quality and capabilities at a fraction of the cost of alternative wireline or wireless controls by leveraging existing AC wiring for digital communications between EnFocus switches and lamps. EnFocus Gen 2 only requires replacing existing wall switches and common types of lamps such as fluorescent or LED tubes (with other lamps, such as A19, BR32 and recessed downlights expected soon) without replacing fixtures and wall wiring, or deploying potentially security vulnerable wireless communication protocols such as WiFi, Bluetooth, or ZigBee.
New features from the second-generation EnFocus platform design that helped earn this award include an intuitive LCD screen on the switch with pre-programmed 10-stage changes in light brightness (up to 2250 lumens per lamp) and color temperature (2700K-6500K) following natural daylight cycles to align with the human circadian rhythm, the 24-hour biological clock that regulates human sleep-wake cycles. This LED lighting control system also features an optional occupancy sensing capability, significantly and autonomously reducing energy consumption. They can also dim to 10% power, achieving additional energy savings and carbon footprint reductions. EnFocus lighting control systems can provide 60-90% energy savings over fluorescent or incandescent lighting systems.
“With a very experienced and critical judging panel and a strict set of judging criteria, entrants faced an extremely high bar to qualify for an award in 2021,” said Sarah Roberts, Environment + Energy Leader publisher.
Citing reasons for awarding the EnFocus Gen 2 Human-Centric Lighting Platform a Top Product of the Year award, one judge noted, “This product provides great stand-alone lighting controls where the dimming can provide greatly improved energy savings while the ability to change the color can take lighting to the next generation of improving the indoor living environment.”
Another judge said, “….it offers the possibility to improve our productivity throughout the day and since many people have been working from home or spending most of the time indoors, this product could be a good option as an intelligent lighting system.”
“The EnFocus Gen 2 lighting control system was invented and designed to bring the highest levels of lighting quality, ease of implementation and cost effectiveness to indoor environments of all kinds across the world, and we are honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award from Environment + Energy Leader for the second year in a row,” said James Tu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Focus. “While this whole past year has brought a lot of challenges to the world and to the lighting industry, we continued our mission to improve indoor environments through our human-centric lighting innovations that include both Gen 2 EnFocus as well as UV-C technologies that bring not only greater energy efficiency and sustainability but also health benefits. We believe Suncycle is poised to take the lighting performance for both buildings and homes to a whole new, human-centric level. Our teams are working diligently, and we expect to make Suncycle products available in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2021.”