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New York Theatre Installs LEDs on Old-Fashioned Marquee

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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 performers.

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 efficiency.

"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 lamps.

A grant from the New York State Energy Research & Development made it possible for the nonprofit Bardavon to switch to LED-sourced lighting.

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