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    Thorntons Illuminated by BetaLED

    C-store experiences huge saving with new lighting system.

    STURTEVANT, Wis. -- Thorntons selected BetaLED exterior luminaires to support it sustainable efforts with 13 properties as well as all future renovations and construction.

    "BetaLED's superior technology, fixture quality and the dramatic decrease in utility costs we're already experiencing are making this a very smart decision," Eric Zoph, Thorntons' vice president of construction and environmental concerns, said in a released statement.

    Zoph explained Thorntons is saving approximately 62 percent on energy costs compared with traditional 320W metal halide fixtures. At each of the 13 convenient stores (with gas), one of which was recently opened in Edgewood, Ky., the LED luminaires will reduce carbon emissions by roughly 30 percent and eliminate disposal of mercury found in conventional lighting sources.

    "One of the biggest problems faced by owners is how to maintain light levels and make the facility feel inviting without wasting a lot of energy, these LED luminaires solve that problem," Zoph said in a released statement.

    According to the Department of Energy, in some cases LEDs life span is twenty times longer than incandescent lighting. In addition, LEDs consume considerably less energy and are clean burning, which reduces carbon emissions.

    "We're very pleased to partner with Thorntons," Scott Manning, Beta/Kramer sales manager, said in a released statement. "This is a forward-thinking company that recognizes the advantages of LEDs."

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