December 01, 2011 // Franchising.com // (Wellington, Fla.)--- LED Source®, an international supplier of LED lighting based in Wellington, has teamed up with Toshiba International Corporation, LED Lighting Systems Division, one of the largest lighting companies in the world, to donate an LED lighting retrofit for the Kids In Distress (KID) facility based in Broward County. The mission of KID is to prevent child abuse, preserve the family and treat children who have been abused and neglected. The install will be taking place at KID located at 819 NE 26th Street in Wilton Manors on Friday, Dec. 2 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. EST.
Timm Stifter, sales support manager at LED Source and heavily involved with KID, recently brought to light the challenges the charity was facing with their current lighting. Over the years, Stifter noticed that many of the facility’s current incandescent bulbs are burned-out, mismatched and hard to change due to their location. The bulbs require constant replacing and maintenance, which can cost unnecessary expenses for the charity. Stifter knew that LED lighting would not only improve the current lighting condition and help to provide an increased level of safety for the kids, but also help the organization cut costs on unnecessary maintenance fees and energy bills.
“KID is an excellent operation that provides much needed shelter and support for some of Broward and Palm Beach counties most deprived children,” says Sifter. “Coming from abusive homes, it’s so important that these kids feel safe and secure in their new environment. The right lighting can offer comfort to the children, but also peace of mind for those running the organization so they can focus on what really matters. LEDs are the most energy efficient lighting solution currently available, they’re mercury and toxin-free and can an average of 50,000 hours before needing replacement.”
What started in a small house in 1979 as an emergency shelter for the youngest victims of abuse and neglect, KID has since grown to a five-acre campus in Broward County with a satellite office in Palm Beach County. They are the largest provider of foster homes in both Broward and Palm Beach counties, offering services for more than 6,000 children and their families. Additionally, KID operates one of the only remaining emergency shelters for children ages newborn to 15, and a family-counseling center.
“Our goal is to provide a safe environment for children in need,” says Mark D. Dhooge
vice president and COO of KID. “All of our programs and services are designed specifically to give children and their families the tools, skills, services, and education they need to maintain a safe, stable, and healthy setting, in which they thrive. The state of our facility is of utmost importance to us and we couldn’t be more grateful to LED Source and Toshiba for donating their services to our organization.”
After learning about KID and their need for updated, energy-efficient and long-lasting lighting, Toshiba International Corporation, LED Lighting Systems Division, joined forces with LED Source by providing 32 PAR30, nine PAR38 and 12 A19 LED lamps for the project.
Founded in August 2005 by Marcel Fairbairn, LED Source® is a national and international supplier of LED lighting that specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits through its Retrofit Division, in addition to providing consultation all the way through to supply on new projects within their Architectural and Entertainment Divisions. Additionally, the company launched a franchise program in October 2009 and expects to have a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years. For more information, please visit www.LEDsource.com or the company’s blog at http://getleducated.wordpress.com.
Started in a small house in 1979 as an emergency shelter for the youngest victims of abuse and neglect, KID has since expanded services and grown to a 5-acre campus in Broward County with a satellite office in Palm Beach County. KID is the largest provider of foster homes in both Broward and Palm Beach counties and operates one of the only remaining emergency shelters for children ages birth to 15 years of age, and a family counseling center for counseling and therapy needs. Recognized as a premier agency in South Florida, KID provides family strengthening services as well as children's services for more than 6,000 children and their families. www.kidinc.org
Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division provides the North American market with a variety of high efficiency LED products. Drawing upon Toshiba’s 120-year heritage of lighting innovations in Japan and world class electronic and semi-conductor technologies, the LED Lighting Systems Division is emerging as a leader in solid state lighting. The LED Lighting Systems Division is committed to providing lighting solutions that enhance the quality of life and meet the diverse needs of its customers. www.toshiba.com/lighting.