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The Smartest Bulb in the Box Will Talk to Your Smartphone. It's Affordable, Too!

More than a century after Thomas Edison got into the light bulb business, his bright idea is getting brainy.

Engineers at GE, the company Edison founded, have helped develop an affordable LED light bulb that can talk to its owners’ tablets and smartphones. The bulb, which starts at just under $15, contains a chip that can wirelessly connect to the Internet and communicate with users via a mobile app called Wink.

Wink is also the name of a new software business launched by the collaborative design company Quirky.

The company stands on an idea jointly conceived by Quirky and GE: design and develop a line of smart home appliances connected to the Internet of Everything. So far they’ve launched a handful of connected devices, including an air conditioner called Aros. The Wink app serves as a remote control and also helps the AC get smarter over time. It learns users’ schedule, location, weather information and past usage. 

Ben Kaufman, Quirky’s founder and chief executive, recently told The New York Times that innovations like Wink are about to connect all sorts of home devices through a simple app and make the Internet of Things affordable for everyone.

The smart home market is already taking off. Sales in eight major categories of networked home products — led by lights, thermostats and video cameras — are expected to more than double by 2018, reaching 25 million units worth $3.5 billion, according to research firm Parks Associates.

The new Link light bulb will let owners turn lights on and off when they are at work or on vacation, or just customize a room’s lighting from the couch. It can also be used to subtly ease users through sleep and wake up transitions.

Wink has secured a distribution partnership with The Home Depot, and the Link bulb will start arriving in stores this fall. Customers can start pre-ordering them on Monday.

Link provides the same energy-efficiency and long life that GE’s LED bulbs are known for, using 80 percent less energy than traditional bulbs. Starting at less than $15, it’s also the most affordable connected LED on the market. There are three types of the Link bulb: a 60-watt LED bulb for table and floor lamps, an indoor LED floodlight, and a combination indoor and outdoor spotlight LED.

John Strainic, a general manager at GE Lighting, says that the new bulb represents “a fundamental lifestyle shift for consumers and the way they’ve lit their homes for more than 100 years.”

Take that, Edison.

GE Lighting instala mais uma Cidade Inteligente nos Estados Unidos!

Já contamos aqui que a cidade de San Diego, na Califórnia, será a primeira metrópole no mundo a implementar o projeto piloto da plataforma Intelligent Cities da GE Lighting. Isso significa que a cidade contará com um sistema de iluminação pública  inteligente, produto dos desenvolvimento da GE em Internet Industrialque permite eficiência, economia de energia, e dados interligados.

Agora, a novidade vem do outro lado dos Estados Unidos, na Costa Leste. A cidade de Jacksonville, a mais populosa da Flórida, anunciou no dia 16 de abril que irá implantar o projeto piloto da mesma plataforma Intelligent Cities. São as soluções da GE Lighting conectando as cidades com o futuro e tornando as metrópoles lugares mais agradáveis para se viver e trabalhar!

“Nós estamos empolgados com a oportunidade de tornar Jacksonville uma cidade com infraestrutura mais inteligente e eficiente”, comentou o prefeito da cidade, Alvin Brown.

Imagine ter cidades inteligentes bem perto de nós, como São Paulo e Rio de Janeiro? Com os projetos pilotos, o objetivo da GE Lighting é aprimorar a solução para que ela possa ser fornecida globalmente. Fica a dica para as metrópoles brasileiras! 

A iluminação é só o começo

A nova iluminação para as vias públicas de Jacksonville vai muito além das conhecidas vantagens, como durabilidade e economia, das luminárias LED da GE. Os postes de luz serão conectados a um sistema inteligente, que funciona em conjunto com sensores, controladores, transmissores sem fio e microprocessadores capazes de analisar dados e fornecer respostas em tempo real.

O Predix, plataforma de software inovadora da GE, também vai entrar nesse pacote de soluções, conectando máquinas, pessoas e dados e, assim, melhorando a gestão e o desempenho dos serviços inteligentes da cidade.

Hoje em dia, tentar estacionar em áreas centrais das grandes cidades pode se tornar algo bastante disputado. Mas, isso está para mudar. As lâmpadas LED da GE conectadas a sensores e transmissores sem fio formam um sistema que pode direcionar os motoristas para vagas disponíveis.

Outra vantagem é que o mesmo sistema que integra a iluminação das vias pode emitir avisos no caso de furacões. Com a plataforma de forma integrada é possível fazer o controle avançado da iluminação, do sistema de estacionamento de veículos, além de evitar congestionamentos nas ruas e monitorar fatores ambientais.

E tem mais: microprocessadores e outros sensores podem fornecer informações em tempo real às equipes de emergência que estão recebendo um chamado, antes mesmo que elas cheguem ao local.

“Essa tecnologia tem o potencial para transformar a maneira como resolvemos os problemas de infraestrutura na cidade, entendendo como o uso de Big Data pode nos trazer resultados em flexibilidade e eficiência”, disse Brown.

 Além do projeto piloto de Intelligent Cities, que deve começar ainda no primeiro semestre, a cidade também usará o LightGrid da GE, uma tecnologia de controle sem fio que permite o gerenciamento mais eficiente da iluminação pública e gera economia significante de energia para a cidade. A tecnologia LightGrid já está pronta para operar no Brasil. 

 “A solução Intelligent Cities apresenta para as cidades possibilidades de aprender, conectar e melhorar suas operações e a vida cotidiana de seus habitantes”, comenta Maryrose Sylvester, presidente e CEO global da GE Lighting. “Nos projetos piloto de San Diego e Jacksonville, nós vamos analisar as tendências dos dados coletados nas cidades para que, assim, possamos determinar em que ocasiões as soluções obtiveram melhores resultados e como devem ser usadas”, completa.

Fast and Luminous: These Lights are So Bright, They Could Show You the Quickest Way Around Town

By Ki Mae Heussner

For every showing of “A Streetcar Named Desire” in a big city, there’s a street packed with traffic on the way to the theater. Let’s face it, large urban centers may have culture and opportunity on their side, but they come with irksome baggage like congestion, air pollution and the lack of parking.

That baggage is getting heavier. Although half of the world’s population already lives in cities, the U.N. estimates that the number will spill over the 50 percent mark and hit 5 billion by 2030.

The solutions to their growing pains will be complex. But one easy fix is already standing on every corner: the lamppost.

New “intelligent” LED streetlights combined with sensors generating oodles of data and cloud analytics could soon start delivering genuine street smarts and savings.

In February, for example, the City of San Diego in California started working with GE Lighting and outfitting their street lights with energy efficient LEDs. In the future, they can be combined with a suite of weather, video, traffic and other sensors. GE has now expanded the program to Jacksonville, Fla.

The sensors will transmit the gathered data to the server farms where it can be sliced, diced and sorted. The resulting insights could power a range of apps designed to unclog streets, optimize EMT and fire response, locate empty parking spots, and save electricity in the bargain.

“It used to be about generating wattage [and increasing] visibility, but today’s product has the potential to be much more,” Bill Ruh, GE vice president and global technology director told TechCrunch. “[The light pole] has power and adding sensors, you can now do things with these lights everywhere.”

The lowest hanging fruit is reducing the use of electricity by dimming and even turning off lights when there is nobody around, and automatically reporting and repairing broken fixtures. “San Diego has proven that intelligent infrastructure saves energy and taxpayer dollars,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. We believe that this collaboration will help us go further in creating truly intelligent infrastructure that helps us improve services to the public.”

That’s why the city rolled out LightGrid last year, a wireless controls technology developed by GE that automatically adjusts the brightness of some 3,000 streetlights and allows it to better manage and maintain the fixtures. GE estimates that the technology will save the city a quarter of million dollars annually. “Cities need a system that gives them a real-time view and we believe GE’s smart lights with sensors give them a pulse of how their city is performing,” says Rick Freeman, a general manager for intelligent devices at GE Lighting.

Freeman says the projects in San Diego and Jacksonville will now focus on collecting and analyzing data, and feeding it to Predix, a software platform that GE developed for creating industry-specific apps that handle big data and predictive analytics in the cloud. “The real power of the program, he added, will emerge over time,” he says.

The City could open the data and insights to researchers, but also to startups and app developers. Their solutions could start cracking urban problems like avoiding traffic bottlenecks and getting to the theater on time, spotting empty parking places, and identifying traffic obstructions – like illegally parked cars – that could pose safety hazard.

Freeman hopes that the information is “going to unlock local epiphanies. It’s going to be a playground for citizens and organizations to provide value on top of this data.”

Says Freeman: “These street lights are ‘bright’ enough to help cities solve tougher problems than just lighting.”

Cidades mais inteligentes? Pergunte-nos como!

Quando pensamos em grandes cidades,nos vêm à cabeça as palavra caos, barulho, tráfego e outras tantas características nada agradáveis. Mas, você já parou para pensar que muitos dos problemas típicos das metrópoles como engarrafamento, falta de estrutura e dificuldade no acesso a serviços públicos – só para citar três exemplos – podem ser resolvidos a partir de soluções que unem máquinas, dados e pessoas para otimizar processos?

As cidades inteligentes não necessariamente se parecem com o cenário de filmes de ficção científica com seus supercomputadores ou carros voadores. Elas utilizam da tecnologia como base para solucionar problemas de trânsito, telegestão da iluminação pública  e sistemas de dados conectados, capazes de gerar economia de custos. Fica a inspiração para São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro e outras metrópoles. Quem sabe em um futuro próximo não vemos algo assim por aqui?

A seguir, conheça a parceria entre a GE Lighting e a cidade de San Diego, na Califórnia (EUA). O projeto que está revolucionando o sistema de iluminação pública ao conectá-lo à internet industrial.

A GE Lighting e a cidade de San Diego vão implementar o projeto piloto da plataforma Intelligent Cities (Cidades Inteligentes, em português). Esta será a primeira experiência com o uso da tecnologia no mundo.

O projeto vai utilizar a solução Predix, a plataforma de software da GE para a internet industrial. De uma tacada só, o Predix permite o controle avançado da iluminação, a otimização do tráfego e do sistema de estacionamento de veículos, além de monitoramento e análise do ambiente.

“A instalação do projeto prova que uma infraestrutura inteligente é capaz de economizar energia. Nós acreditamos que a parceria com a GE Lighting vai nos ajudar a ir além, criando uma infraestrutura realmente inteligente e que melhore os serviços para a população”, comenta Kevin L. Faulconer, prefeito de San Diego.

Maryrose Sylvester, presidente e CEO global da GE Lighting, declarou que a empresa está muito feliz em colaborar com San Diego, trazendo a internet industrial para a realidade da cidade. “Este é um momento de transformação para a GE. Nós estamos trabalhando com a análise de dados para fornecer resultados valiosos e significantes para nossos clientes”, comenta.

No ano passado, San Diego tornou-se a primeira cidade dos Estados Unidos a usar luminárias LED da GE com o sistema de controle sem fio LightGrid em grande escala. A tecnologia, implantada em mais de 3 mil luminárias nas vias públicas da cidade, é responsável pela economia de mais de US$ 254 mil em energia e em custos de manutenção por ano.

A implantação do projeto Intelligent Cities está prevista para começar no primeiro semestre de 2015, com a avaliação de luminárias LED e sensores localizados em diversas áreas da cidade.

Para conhecer outras soluções e parcerias da GE Lighting, clique aqui

Seeking New Edisons: STEM Scholarship Will Boost Innovation in Ohio

America’s high school graduation rate is at its highest point in four decades – three out of four students now get a diploma. But in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) in Ohio, Thomas Edison’s home state, the numbers remain grim: just 60 percent of students graduate.

However, kids attending Cleveland’s MC2 STEM High School, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math education, are bucking this trend. Even though MC2 STEM students win their spots at the school through a lottery, 95 percent of them graduate and 84 percent go to college.

Old School STEM: In the 1950, GE started publishing comics to get kids hooked on science. The comics were in English but also in Spanish. Some print runs were as large as 3 million copies. See the full story here.

There are several reasons behind the school’s success, including the fact that MC2 STEM’s students don’t just learn science; they are surrounded by it. They spend 10th grade studying at GE Lighting’s historic Nela Park campus, before moving to Cleveland State University for the final two years.

The bond between the students, GE and CSU is now growing even stronger. GE just gave the university $500,000 to start the GE Scholars Program, a scholarship program that will offer five full-tuition scholarships each year for the next decade to students with a STEM major at CSU. “STEM education is the key to driving future innovation in the global economy,” says Russell Stokes, chief executive of GE Transportation, which makes some of the most-advanced diesel-electric locomotives in Ohio. “We expect some of the next great inventors will be the students right here in Cleveland.”

The scholarships will be open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, with preference given to MC2 STEM students and graduates of CMSD who majored in STEM programs.

Principal Jeff McClellan helped launch MC2 STEM – MC2 stands for Metropolitan Cleveland Consortium – six years ago as a public-private partnership among a group of local organizations and businesses. His goal was to set up a “project-based” school that would teach students the skills to “become leaders of the 21st century.” The school started with 93 students. It now has 375.

Image credits: All images come from the archives of the Schenectady Museum of Innovation and Science

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Small Hungarian town takes lead on giving efficiency the green light

Balatonfüred may be a tiny town, but it’s got great ambition. The small resort on the northern shore of Hungary’s Lake Balaton has beaten its larger and higher profile European neighbours in an efficiency move. And what’s more, it could kick start an entire trend across Europe that will see energy savings of up to 70%.

Balatonfüred is the first town in Europe to roll out GE’s LED streetlights. Local authorities everywhere need to bring down operating costs and reduce carbon emissions, so it will only be a matter of time until this move is replicated across the continent.

Let’s shed some light on the current situation. Most streetlamps currently in place are in desperate need of an upgrade. Streetlighting accounts for a whopping 30% of the average local authority’s energy bill – lighting is a very resource-hungry utility. It becomes especially wasteful when the lights aren’t operating at their most efficient and therefore haemorrhages funds that could be better used elsewhere.

In Balatonfüred, a town with a population of only 13,500 people, 1,400 GE luminaires have already been rolled out. Far from dipping its toe in the water, Balatonfüred is bullish in its approach. The town is already planning to install the lighting across the entire town and reap the benefits.

It isn’t just from an environmental standpoint that things become more attractive with LED lighting. The luminaires shed a clear natural light that makes objects look their normal colour, as opposed to bleaching them in an artificial looking yellow or white light most of us are used to seeing on streets and highways. All in all, people feel safer with the lights and the town looks great, even in the twilight hours. The lights are also manufactured in Europe so the future looks bright for the industry in more ways than one. 

So with environmentalists, the local authority, and residents all singing the praises of the lights, surely there’s a queue of council chiefs a mile long who want to try it out?

According to David Orchard, UK Outdoor Sales Manager at GE Lighting, although there’s a wide appreciation of the plus points of using the technology, there are still hurdles that have to be overcome.

He said, “We know from previous conversations with local authorities that gaining buy-in from senior management can be the most difficult stumbling block to overcome, as there is still an on-going unwillingness to take on more debt in these times of austerity measures. However the reality is that upgrading to energy efficient lighting and reducing costs are in fact two sides of the same coin.”

According to experts, including Agostino Renna, President and CEO GE Lighting EMEA, the move to using LED’s is inevitable because of the socio-economic factors witnessed globally. Increasing populations and the growing aspiration to lead wealthier lifestyles will mean there will be an increase in energy demand over the next 20-25 years. Technology such as the lighting used in Balatonfüred will need to become commonplace if we are to meet the growing demand. Having the foresight to invest initially and taking advantage of funding currently available to local authorities from the EU will pay off quickly. It will ultimately cost less to light the streets.

But it isn’t just a case of using LED lights on the roads instead of traditional ones. Increased efficiency and overall operational improvement will come from making the dumb lights incredibly smart. Making use of the industrial internet, whereby lighting is connected to a central online connection, can see lights generating data. This data will help the lights to make decisions of when they are needed to emit light and operate more efficiently and effectively. No road users should be kept in the dark but at the same time, residents don’t want to be kept awake by unnecessary lighting.

In Balatonfüred, the response has been overwhelmingly positive so far and LEDs will continue to be rolled out to shape the town’s greener future. The road ahead is bright indeed.

 

Os melhores alimentos sob a luz de um LED: a parceria entre GE Lighting e Frimesa

A câmara fria é a parte central de uma indústria alimentícia. Lá, os alimentos são estocados em espaços de mais de 2 mil metros quadrados e as temperaturas podem beirar os mais que congelantes 25 graus negativos. Isso tudo com uma iluminação que permita ver cada detalhe. Já pensou fazer um projeto de iluminação dentro de um espaço hermeticamente fechado, glacial e gigantesco?

Foi o que fez a GE Lighting em parceria com a Frimesa. O novo projeto de iluminação da Frimesa adotou o uso de lâmpadas LED em quatro câmaras frias. Além de aprimorar a iluminação, ele trouxe mais eficiência para o processo industrial devido ao grande fluxo luminoso e é capaz de gerar uma economia de 70% de energia por ano nas câmaras frias!

“Decidimos utilizar o LED porque buscamos as tecnologias mais avançadas para os nossos processos. Fizemos diversos estudos luminotécnicos e percebemos que o melhor custo-benefício para a área seria com a solução da GE Lighting”, comenta André Campregher, responsável pelo projeto de iluminação pela Frimesa.

Para atender às características da indústria alimentícia, o projeto da GE Lighting utilizou 168 luminárias LED Albeo de 125W, feitas de policarbonato, que ao contrário do material em vidro, não estilhaçam em caso de queda. Isso é importante, principalmente pelo fato de as câmaras frias terem 11,5 metros de pé direito. O tipo de lâmpada ainda é equipado com um dissipador de calor.

“Foi um projeto desafiador, mas conseguimos atender a todas as necessidades do cliente. As luminárias em policarbonato possuem alta luminosidade e são muito eficientes, com baixa manutenção e custo adequado. A cada dia vemos como a indústria nacional avança na adoção de alta tecnologia para melhorar sua produtividade”, comenta Alexandre Ferrari, gerente geral da GE Lighting no Brasil.

Que tal dar uma olhada na ficha técnica das lâmpadas LED Albeo de 125W da GE?

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Acompanhe outras histórias de sucesso da GE Lighting aqui no GE Reports Brasil.

If You Light it, They Will Come: You Will Never Believe Who Invented Night Baseball

By GE Reports staff

Baseball season starts again today, and night games are as common as peanuts and Cracker Jacks. But that has not always been the case.

For many decades, baseball was a daytime pursuit. But weekday games didn’t mesh with the company clock and stands were often empty. Until Robert J. Swackhamer’s homerun.

Swackhamer, a GE lighting engineer, was thinking about freight trains, not baseball, when he hit upon his idea. In the 1920s, a railroad company asked him to design an array of high-wattage lamps that would allow it to keep rail yards open overnight.

The lights worked so well that Swackhamer convinced his bosses to test the arrays at the General Electric Athletic Field at Lynn, Mass.

On June 24, 1927, five towers supporting 72 flood lamps lit up the first night baseball game in history between Lynn and Salem.

Salem won 7-2 and the packed stands, which included players from the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Americans who played in Boston that afternoon, got the GE sales team thinking.

The first night baseball game ever played. Salem beat Lynn 7-2 at the General Electric Athletic Field at Lynn, Mass. in June 1927.

It was a hard sell as teams initially viewed the idea of night games with trepidation. “They wanted to turn me over to the sheriff in 1930 when I put in the first [minor league] baseball lighting system in Des Moines and said it wouldn’t be long before the major leagues would do it,” Swackhamer told the writer David Pietrusza.

John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants, warned that “undoubtedly an attempt will be made to introduce night baseball in the major leagues, and it cannot be considered lightly.“ 

The packed stands at Lynn included players from the Boston Red Sox and Washington Americans who came to see Swackhamer’s innovation.

It took GE three years to sign up a handful of minor league teams as customers. But in 1935 the sales team finally had a hit with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds were on the brink of bankruptcy at the time. No more than 3,000 fans would show up for a weekday game on average. Owner Powel Crosley and general manager Leland “Larry” MacPhail took a gamble and  invested $50,000 ($850,000 adjusted for inflation) in the GE lights.

Swackhamer’s drawings for lighting the GE stadium in Lynn.

The first night game in Major League’s history took place at the Red’s Crosley Field on Friday, May 24, 1935. A crowd of 20,000 people watched the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1. It was narrow win, but it caused a revolution in baseball. “As soon as I saw the lights come on, I knew they were there to stay,” said Cincinnati’s announcer Red Barber.

The fans also liked them. The team played seven night games in 1935 before 130,000 fans, or 18,500 visitors on average per game. The rest is history.

Cincinnati Reds owner Powel Crosley asked GE to install the lights above Crosley Field.

Other teams soon followed the Reds’ lead. By 1941, 11 of the 16 Major League baseball fields installed GE lights, including the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Swackhamer was vindicated when even the Giants came to see the light.

The Reds played seven night games in 1935 before 130,000 fans, or 18,500 visitors on average per game. The rest is history.

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Dazzle The District: Lighting The Legacy

Living in downtown Cleveland for the past 2 years, I’ve seen so much change. It makes me really proud to see my neighborhood come together like this. Playhouse Square is an iconic district as the second-largest theater district in the nation, and all these developments like the new signage, plaza, and giant chandelier are a step in the right direction in moving forward and holding onto our legacy. 

A GE vai iluminar 40 lojas do McDonald´s até o fim do ano!

“Dois hambúrgueres, alface, queijo, molho especial, cebola, picles, num pão com gergelim”.  Não precisamos nem de alternativas para adivinhar de que sanduíche estamos falando. Mas não basta preparar os lanches mais famosos do mundo para se manter no topo do mercado e no gosto do público: o McDonald’s também busca soluções inovadoras em todos os setores.

Com a ajuda de tecnologia da GE Lighting, a rede vai reduzir o consumo de energia elétrica de suas lojas no Brasil, melhorando a qualidade da iluminação da área externa, incluindo os estacionamentos e os espaços destinados ao drive-thru. Onze unidades já aderiram às nossas luminárias e estima-se que até o fim do ano serão 40 no país inteiro.

Com essa parceria, a expectativa é que cada unidade do Mc Donald´s reduza em até 80% o consumo de energia elétrica, além de diminuir a emissão de poluentes no meio ambiente. Com as novas luminárias, mais ecoeficientes, a redução pode chegar a 739.858 libras da emissão de Dióxido de Carbono (CO2) ao longo dos próximos 12 meses.


Para substituir lâmpadas de vapor metálico de 400 W, as luminárias do modelo Evolve LED ERS Cobrahead Modular da GE, de 106 W, serão instaladas tanto em novas unidades como usadas na modernização das lojas já existentes.

Resultado positivo para o Mc Donald´s, para a GE e para a população. “O Mc Donald’s tem um compromisso com a sustentabilidade. É importante reduzir o consumo energético e a emissão dos gases do efeito estufa. A utilização dessa tecnologia da GE reforça nosso empenho em busca de uma operação mais sustentável em nossos restaurantes”, comenta Sérgio Antonon, Diretor de Projetos e Engenharia da rede de fast-food.

Mais eficiência, menos manutenção
Além do baixo impacto ambiental, as luminárias da GE têm apenas 15% de depreciação do produto luminoso e ainda contam com 50 mil horas de vida útil média. Isso significa que elas podem permanecer em operação por até 11 anos, se considerarmos 12 horas de uso diário, o que diminui os custos de manutenção e auxilia o McDonald’s na redução de despesas.

“Nem as luminárias de LED da GE, nem os reatores precisam ser trocados com frequência, pois são de alta durabilidade e se adaptam às condições do local de instalação”, explica Leonardo Lellis, Coordenador de Vendas da GE Lighting.

Agora, toda vez que for ao McDonald’s lembre-se que, além de vender lanches quentinhos, as lojas da rede contribuem com o meio ambiente!

Quer conhecer outras soluções da GE Lighting? Confira aqui  as tecnologias desenvolvidas pela área de negócio de iluminação da GE.

Saiba mais sobre o McDonald’s aqui.

GE Lighting’s new Longmont site can quadruple production

“Welcome to the neighborhood” always sounds better when it’s coming from someone you know.

In this case it was Mark Thomas, site manager for GE Energy’s Control Solutions division, welcoming GE Lighting to its new Longmont facility.

GE Energy has occupied the 152,000-square-foot building at 1800 Nelson Road since 2009 and employs about 250. GE Lighting has moved in right next door at 1844 Nelson, in a 174,000-square-foot building that it’s using only about a third of at the moment.

(via GE Lighting’s new Longmont site can quadruple production - Longmont Times-Call)