When the Power Fails, Never Be in the Dark With New Light Bulb Technology from American Environmental Products

Leading environmental lighting designer develops state-of-the-art, 100% fail-safe fluorescent emergency lighting that glows for up to 24 hours after the power goes off.

Fort Collins, CO—(Aug. 19, 2003)—On Thursday, August 14, a massive power outage overtook several major population centers throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada. An estimated 50 million people were left in the dark.

American Environmental Products, Inc. (AEP), a leading designer of full-spectrum and emergency lighting, in a move to help ensure uninterrupted illumination in critical interior areas such as stairwells, elevators, basements, etc., announces its latest innovation in serving the emergency lighting needs of an increasingly safety and security-minded public. AEP has developed a bulb that glows in the dark, literally, even when the power has been turned off.

AEP Founder Charles Bolta, in response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks, developed Glow-Lux™ Emergency Afterglow Lighting for the Pentagon building. Glow-Lux™ is a new, patent-pending fluorescent light bulb technology currently under review for use by the Pentagon and other branches of the U.S. military. CemcoLift, a division of Otis Elevator, and Mule Emergency Lighting also have Glow-Lux™ under review. The bulbs will remain glowing for up to 24 hours after the power goes off, providing emergency illumination in low-light and no-power conditions. Even if the bulb is broken, the glass pieces will continue to emit light, maximizing this emergency light bulb to its greatest potential. Additionally, the bulb, when charged, can be removed from the fixture and will continue to glow, and can be used as a portable emergency light source.

The bulbs combine a proprietary scotopic phosphor blend with a non-radioactive after-glow phosphor blend that provides illumination and helps the human eye adapt more quickly to sudden low-light conditions in an emergency power outage.

"The Glow-Lux™ emergency bulb is designed to help increase visual acuity, enhance full-spectrum color correctness, maximize energy efficiency, provide a level of illumination for a period of time even when the power is shut off, and improve emergency response time in which the eye can adapt more quickly to low light conditions," says Bolta.

"Employees and customers can be in many different places in a building when an emergency strikes," says Bolta, who has worked on lighting projects for NASA, MIT, the Pentagon, Bechtel, Disneyland, General Mills, Sears, William McDonough and Partners, and others. "Battery powered backup lighting systems may or may not work in these areas and they can be costly and require frequent maintenance. In the event of an explosion, they can fail. Glow-Lux™ bulbs provide 100% fail-safe protection. With Glow-Lux™ bulbs, you can always count on them to emit light."

For more information, please visit www.glow-lux.com or call 800.864.3883. For information on the company's complete line of full spectrum lighting and reading products, please visit www.sunalite.com or call 970.493.6914.


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