Wayne State University Selects Energy Focus to Provide LED Lighting Upgrade

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SOLON, Ohio, July 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Focus, Inc. (OTCQB:EFOI), a leader in LED lighting technologies, today announced Wayne State University, a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution with 29,000 students and 100 buildings comprising over one million square feet, has selected Energy Focus' tubular LED lighting products to replace its existing T12 fluorescent lighting.

"We are proud to be the first university in Michigan to replace our existing fluorescent lighting with tubular LED lamps," said Larry Fodor, Director of Utilities & Energy Management at Wayne State University. "Energy conservation and sustainability are very important initiatives to Wayne State. As educators of future leaders, we believe it's essential to set a good stewardship example to our students by conserving global resources. The LED lamps we purchase from Energy Focus will reduce our lighting energy consumption by 60 percent while improving both the quality and reliability of the light."

"We are very pleased that Wayne State University has selected our LED lamps to retrofit their existing fixtures," said James Tu, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Focus, Inc. "The lamps we are providing to Wayne State offer the industry's highest standard of LED technology and are the result of more than 10 years' experience developing and producing tubular LED lamps for military and commercial applications. This initial Wayne State University installation represents 35,000 lamps and covers certain key facilities with long daily burn hours. We look forward to supporting Wayne State throughout this LED lighting initiative and will continue to provide state-of-the-art technologies and design assistance."

"Instead of supplanting existing fluorescent troffers with high cost LED fixtures that will be obsolete in 5 to 10 years, Energy Focus tubular LED lamps provide a higher quality, more sustainable and far more economical alternative. Wayne State's maintenance staff can perform the simple lighting upgrade and the university can obtain more attractive payback and in the meantime keep many thousands of pounds of fixture waste from entering landfills. We very much expect other universities to follow Wayne State's sustainability lead and we're actively pursuing opportunities among the nation's 4,000 institutions of higher learning across the country," concluded Mr. Tu.

About Wayne State University

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000 students. Wayne State's main campus in Midtown Detroit, MI comprises 100 buildings over 200 acres; its six extension centers offer higher education to students throughout Southeast Michigan.

Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in.

About Energy Focus, Inc.

Energy Focus, Inc. is a leading provider of energy efficient LED lighting products, turnkey energy efficient lighting solutions and a developer of energy efficient lighting technology. Our solutions provide energy savings, aesthetics, safety and maintenance cost benefits over conventional lighting. Our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Government continues to enable us to provide energy efficient LED lighting products to the U.S. Navy and the Military Sealift Command fleets.

Customers include national, state and local U.S. government agencies as well as Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Navy, and many others. Company headquarters are located in Solon, OH, with additional offices in Nashville, TN, and the United Kingdom. For more information, see our web site at www.energyfocusinc.com.

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