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Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to Install LED Lighting from OSRAM SYLVANIA as Next Stage of Energizing Taliesin West
April 27, 2015
Author: Media Relations
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​SCOTTSDALE, Arizona and Danvers, Mass., April 27, 2015 – The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is happy to announce that North American lighting leader OSRAM SYLVANIA has made a significant donation of innovative LED lighting products to the Energizing Taliesin West program. Led by energy efficiency consultant Big Green Zero, the program is focused on the goal of continuing Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy of innovation in finding better and less expensive methods for building structures and for utilizing them.

The donation by OSRAM SYLVANIA is made with the goal of creating energy savings and supporting environmental sustainability efforts at both of Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic estates, Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ) and Taliesin (Spring Green, WI). OSRAM SYLVANIA has donated a variety of energy-efficient LED lamps to be installed at both campuses, which were the personal homes and architectural laboratories of Frank Lloyd Wright during his life.  OSRAM SYLVANIA’s commitment of technologies and products that promote resourceful energy use contributes to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s focus on innovation through energy efficiency continuous improvement.

Studio Lux, an international leader in architectural lighting design, translated the unique historic lighting design requirements of both historic properties into OSRAM SYLVANIA LED product specifications. 

Installation of OSRAM SYLVANIA’s energy-efficient LED lamps in these two architecturally profound destinations that welcome 150,000 visitors annually will allow the Foundation and its sustainable energy partner Big Green Zero to reduce the Foundation’s energy expense and carbon footprint, make the energy cost savings available for preservation efforts at both sites, and provide public education about the potential for reducing energy waste and carbon footprints in both commercial or residential buildings.

The donation from OSRAM SYLVANIA is an important contribution to the Foundation’s Energizing Taliesin West initiative. Energizing Taliesin West began during 2011 when an energy audit utilizing EnergyActio software determined that the $170,000 annual energy bill could be reduced by half through by implementing an Energy Efficiency Continuous Improvement process. The EnergyActio audit also indicated that the remaining electrical requirement could be offset by renewable solar energy.  As a result, Big Green Zero proposed developing a plan to demonstrate best-of-breed energy efficiency and solar energy technologies at this profoundly historic property. 

Since its inception, the Energizing Taliesin West program has defined the Foundation’s commitment to energy efficiency through upgrades and enhancements to outdated systems, the installation of a solar photovoltaic field, and continuing public education on the world wide need to embrace sustainable energy planning. OSRAM SYLVANIA joins other program partners First Solar (Power One, Klondyke Construction, Rummel Construction, Beusing Corp.), Studio Lux, Home Tech Europe, Big Green Zero and EnergyActio in allowing the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to fulfill important mission based activities that promote Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy of innovation and belief in public access and engagement.

“OSRAM SYLVANIA’s donation of energy-efficient LED lamps allows the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to be on the forefront of promoting the value of energy improvement plans for public and private properties,” said Sean Malone, president & CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “This type of smart and simple use of top-of-field technology to make a public site function more efficiently is perfectly in line with Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles of integration and organic design.”

“By replacing incandescent lamps with our energy saving LED products, the beauty of the light from Frank Lloyd Wright's original hand crafted luminaires can be maintained while helping to meet sustainability goals which were not possible in his lifetime,” said Jes Munk Hansen, CEO of OSRAM Americas and president and CEO of OSRAM SYLVANIA.  “This is where the future of lighting meets the splendor of the past.  Frank Lloyd Wright was a visionary, and it is an honor to have our LED lamps illuminating the institution where he worked and contemplated his amazing designs.”

For an inside look at the Energizing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West with LED lighting project, watch this video:

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin and Taliesin West
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s vision is to be a leading, global, multi-disciplinary center for education, scholarship, debate and research committed to the place of architecture and arts in enriching the quality and dignity of life. The Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of both of Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic homes and architectural laboratories, Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The Foundation is also committed to stewardship of the Taliesin Collections, to shaping architecture and design at the highest level, and to transforming people’s lives through the living experience of Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work.

OSRAM SYLVANIA is part of OSRAM Americas, a group of OSRAM companies located in North and South America.  As a leader in lighting solutions and services, specializing in innovative design and energy saving technology, the company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles under the brand names OSRAM, Traxon, ENCELIUM and SYLVANIA.  The company's portfolio covers the entire value chain of components, ranging from lamps, control units and optical semiconductors such as light-emitting diodes (LED) to luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions.  The OSRAM SYLVANIA and OSRAM Americas regional headquarters is located in Danvers, Massachusetts.  For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Studio Lux
Studio Lux is an internationally recognized architectural lighting design firm. In our portfolio of world-class museums, hotels, institutions, residences and commercial spaces, Studio Lux balances the artistry of lighting and the fundamentals of science to deliver exceptional design. We believe the practice of good lighting design is not just for the large iconic projects. It is as important for a favorite room of the house as it is for a luxury office tower or estate. We never lose sight of the human condition and how lighting impacts mood, feeling and perception.  

About Big Green Zero & Energy Actio
Big Green Zero® developed and provides the EnergyActio™ software platform for implementing and managing Energy Efficiency Continuous Improvement in commercial real estate properties. Big Green Zero® is an energy efficiency consulting team that is on a mission to help commercial property owners, managers and tenants reduce their energy bills and carbon footprints.

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