Florida-based Pizza Fusion has tapped LED Source, a franchised supplier, to provide LED lighting for a selection of their restaurants.

The impetus behind the transition came from the launch of Pizza Fusion’s new prototype store in December 2010. 

“We've always incorporated LED fixtures into our stores in some manner because they are the greenest option for lighting and allow our guests to experience our restaurant design, and more importantly our food, exactly as we intended it,” said Vaughan Lazar, founder and CEO of Pizza Fusion. “But our new location in Tampa is the first to utilize a value-engineered plan for LEDs. Moving forward, all locations will be using LEDs as part of the new prototype and our commitment to a more efficient operation.”

LED lighting has become increasingly popular throughout the past several years as property owners look to update their lighting using eco-friendly products while saving money on energy bills and maintenance costs. Additionally, companies are taking advantage of federal tax incentives and local utility rebates, which can cover anywhere between 30 percent to 100 percent of the cost of the project.

According to the U.S. Deptartment of Energy, adoption of LED lighting in the U.S. throughout the next 20 years would reduce electricity demands from lighting by one-third, eliminate 258 million metric tons of carbon emissions, eliminate the construction of 40 power plants and create financial savings that could exceed $200 billion.

“LEDs have come a long way since their introduction to the marketplace in 1997,” said Marcel Fairbairn, president and CEO of LED Source. “Though LED lighting can cost more than incandescent and fluorescent lights – requiring a higher initial investment – businesses will often see the payback in just a year or two.”

In addition to a new lighting strategy, Pizza Fusion’s new prototype features an all-new look. The company will open two additional locations in 2011 in Miami Beach and Denver with more on the way. In working with LED Source, Pizza Fusion was able to develop an overall lighting scheme for its restaurants and determine the right products for the job.

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