2013 Finalist

Who led the charge



John Lalley
Senior Account Manager,           CeeLite Technologies


John Lalley is currently a Senior Account Manager for CeeLite Technologies. Formerly, he was the Senior Account Manager for Independence LED while he worked on the lighting retrofit for Davis & Warshow. As an expert in the Solid State Lighting industry, he has been responsible for national accounts and direct sales for Independence LED since 2010.

Davis & Warshow LED Retrofit, Maspeth, NY
Commercial Office Building - 209,000 sq. ft.

Independence LED worked with Davis & Warshow, an 87-year-old family-owned business and New York’s premier dealer of luxury kitchen and bath fixtures and plumbing materials, to design and execute a comprehensive energy strategy that has raised the bar on sustainability.

Davis & Warshow converted its entire Queens distribution center from fluorescent tubes to LED lighting. The company has the largest single-facility LED tube installation with the most energy efficient lighting in watts per-square-foot in the U.S. to date. Additionally, it is the country’s first facility to achieve net-zero lighting costs with LED tubes thanks to a rooftop solar array that produces more than the 200,000 annual kWh required to power the lighting. 

On top of the massive energy reduction, the new lighting dramatically increased light levels while providing flicker-free clean light for an overall better work environment. Employees mentioned a lift in productivity and overall mood because the workspaces were brighter and more functional.

David Finkel | COO, Davis & Warshow
Carrie Kaltwasser | Senior Account Manager, CeeLite Technologies; formerly, Senior Account Manager, Independence LED
Charlie Szoradi | Chairman and CEO, Independence LED

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