POUGHKEEPSEE, NY - Sunbursts on the Bardavon Theater's marquee erupt with
the warm shades of sunset while white light races around the listing of featured
Up on the 35-foot-high blade sign, the white lights within the open channel
letters etch the name "Bardavon" on the evening sky. This festival
of light is created by 3,600 direct-incandescent replacement LED light bulbs
that replaced incandescent light bulbs in the marquee and blade sign. The installation
of the LED bulbs resulted in improvements in aesthetics, maintenance and energy
"Incandescents were replaced for a number of reasons, not limited to power
savings, replacement cost savings and a new look and feel of the marquee in
general," explains Jason Adams, who orchestrated the project for the Bardavon.
A victim of suburban cineplexes, the Bardavon closed in 1975 and was slated
for demolition when local residents rescued the elegant venue. As part of the
renovation project, the Bardavon's original three-sided 1940s era marquee and
the vertical blade sign were replaced with replicas that still used incandescent
light bulbs as light sources. Later, the 3,600 incandescent lamps were replaced
with energy-efficient LED bulbs from LEDtronics Inc., a manufacturer of LED
A grant from the New York State Energy Research & Development made it possible
for the nonprofit Bardavon to switch to LED-sourced lighting.
For more information on LEDtronics, visit www.LEDtronics.com.