Trans-Lux Partnered with University of Rochester

Nov 17, 2011 It has been reported that Trans-Lux, the Norwalk-based company, which sold-off its movie theater business (now Storyteller Theaters) years ago, has since reinvented itself to become a leading innovator in video displays and LED lighting systems.

The author, Patrick Barbard from Norwalk Patch, notes that recently Trans-Lux announced that has forged a partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to develop new applications for LEDs in the lighting and video display categories. As part of this, the university has committed to replacing about 20 percent of the lighting throughout the campus with Trans-Lux developed LED lighting systems, in keeping with the university’s commitment to eco-sustainability practices. In addition the university will be installing various Trans-Lux-made LED displays throughout campus that will be used for both educational and administrative purposes.

"Our partnership with RIT is representative of how the 'new' Trans-Lux is dedicated to working with vertical markets such as higher education to provide innovative LED solutions aimed at fulfilling defined long-term objectives," said J.M. Allain, president and CEO of Trans-Lux Corporation, in a release. "An integral component in our new business plan is to be more than just a provider of LED technologies, but a true partner with industry leaders to deliver specific solutions to present and future needs. The widespread implementation of Trans-Lux LED technologies at RIT is testimony to the university's progressive thinking and leadership."

According to the release, the university will serve as a test bed for a new type of LED light that Trans-Lux has custom developed for learning and other environments. This new LED tube lamp is reportedly designed for power consumption, color temperature and longevity.

What’s more, the university will be installing energy efficient LED displays made by Trans-Lux in its new hockey arena, currently under construction. This includes installation of a new TL Vision LED Large Screen System, which “produces high-definition images comparable to flat panel LCD and plasma displays,” the company claims.

Arguably more important are the educational and R&D opportunities that the agreement will bring: Trans-Lux has committed to a Research and Innovation Fellowship Program in RIT's Center for Student Innovation for students interested in developing new applications for LED technology, according to the release.

Just days ago Trans-Lux announced that it had completed an extensive financial restructuring and re-capitalization of the company.

"The success of the restructuring plan will now allow us to focus on growing the digital signage and LED lighting businesses, Trans-Lux's portfolio of end-to-end solutions unlocks a whole new realm of new business development opportunities," Allain said in a release.


Author:  Alice Jones

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