Advanced Lighting Technologies Announces New Fiber Optic Lighting Facility to Respond to Rising U. S. Energy Costs

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc.

    SOLON, Ohio, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc.
 (Nasdaq: ADLT) today announced that construction has begun at its Solon
 headquarters of a fiber development and production center.  The project is
 being managed by Fiberstars, Inc., ADLT's partner in the development of energy
 efficient fiber optic lighting, funded in part from a grant from the Advanced
 Technology Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a
 unit of the Department of Commerce.
     A Uni-Form(R) Pulse Start metal halide light source is the most efficient
 white light source known.  However, the use of metal halide lighting
 technology makes sense at higher lighting levels, or in big spaces such as
 factories, big box retailers, and food stores.  It doesn't work nearly as well
 in most common levels used in commercial and retail buildings.  Because of
 this, many energy inefficient 100 and 65 watt reflector and 50 watt halogen
 lamps continue to be sold each year.
     Up until now, these high volume opportunities have been inaccessible to
 high efficiency metal halide technology. The possibility of using fiberoptics
 changes all that.  By channeling metal halide efficiency into fiber optic
 lighting systems, the best of metal halide benefits can be used everywhere.
 Fiberoptics can provide the "miniaturization" of metal halide by dividing and
 distributing the light.  Fiberoptics for general lighting is the next major
 lighting advance.  Using fiberoptics, a 68 watt metal halide arc source, for
 example, can provide the light of four 60 watt incandescent bulbs.
     Using patents and process technology initiated by Rohm & Haas Corp. and
 acquired by Fiberstars last year, work at the new fiber development and pilot
 production facility will focus on developing energy efficient metal halide
 based fiber optic lighting systems to serve the large retail store lighting
 market.
     Later this year, ADLT plans to expand this facility to incorporate the
 high-speed fiber extrusion equipment previously purchased from Rohm & Haas.
 Mr. Wayne R. Hellman, ADLT Chairman and CEO commented, "We believe that the
 Rohm & Haas equipment represents the finest large cable extrusion process in
 the world and combined with the unique miniaturized Uni-Form(R) Pulse Start
 light source, it can allow the expansion of energy efficient metal halide
 technology into the large commercial and retail market.  We believe that fiber
 optics offers the potential to expand the usage of metal halide lamps ten
 times over current levels."
     Mr. Hellman further commented, "In order for the intense metal halide
 light to be customized and coupled with the polymer cable efficiently, ADLT
 had to develop a unique optical coating to be used as part of the system.  The
 solution was provided by our unique MicroDyn(R) and IsoDyn(TM) optical coating
 technologies at DSI."
     Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc. is an innovation-driven designer,
 manufacturer, and marketer of metal halide lighting products, including
 materials, system components and systems.  The Company also develops,
 manufactures and markets passive optical telecommunications devices,
 components and equipment based on the optical coating technology of its
 wholly-owned subsidiary, Deposition Sciences, Inc.
     Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed
 in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and
 uncertainties.  As discussed in the Company's SEC filings, covenants in the
 Company's bank credit facility, the indenture relating to the Company's 8%
 Senior Notes and the Company's agreements with General Electric Company limit
 certain corporate actions. Other risks and uncertainties include the timely
 development and market acceptance of new products, including production
 equipment, the ability to provide adequate incentives to retain and attract
 key employees, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and other risks
 detailed from time-to-time in the Company's EDGAR filings with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission. In particular, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's
 Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2000. Without limiting the
 foregoing, the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects" and similar
 expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  The
 Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in
 these forward-looking statements.
 
 

SOURCE Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    SOLON, Ohio, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc.
 (Nasdaq: ADLT) today announced that construction has begun at its Solon
 headquarters of a fiber development and production center.  The project is
 being managed by Fiberstars, Inc., ADLT's partner in the development of energy
 efficient fiber optic lighting, funded in part from a grant from the Advanced
 Technology Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a
 unit of the Department of Commerce.
     A Uni-Form(R) Pulse Start metal halide light source is the most efficient
 white light source known.  However, the use of metal halide lighting
 technology makes sense at higher lighting levels, or in big spaces such as
 factories, big box retailers, and food stores.  It doesn't work nearly as well
 in most common levels used in commercial and retail buildings.  Because of
 this, many energy inefficient 100 and 65 watt reflector and 50 watt halogen
 lamps continue to be sold each year.
     Up until now, these high volume opportunities have been inaccessible to
 high efficiency metal halide technology. The possibility of using fiberoptics
 changes all that.  By channeling metal halide efficiency into fiber optic
 lighting systems, the best of metal halide benefits can be used everywhere.
 Fiberoptics can provide the "miniaturization" of metal halide by dividing and
 distributing the light.  Fiberoptics for general lighting is the next major
 lighting advance.  Using fiberoptics, a 68 watt metal halide arc source, for
 example, can provide the light of four 60 watt incandescent bulbs.
     Using patents and process technology initiated by Rohm & Haas Corp. and
 acquired by Fiberstars last year, work at the new fiber development and pilot
 production facility will focus on developing energy efficient metal halide
 based fiber optic lighting systems to serve the large retail store lighting
 market.
     Later this year, ADLT plans to expand this facility to incorporate the
 high-speed fiber extrusion equipment previously purchased from Rohm & Haas.
 Mr. Wayne R. Hellman, ADLT Chairman and CEO commented, "We believe that the
 Rohm & Haas equipment represents the finest large cable extrusion process in
 the world and combined with the unique miniaturized Uni-Form(R) Pulse Start
 light source, it can allow the expansion of energy efficient metal halide
 technology into the large commercial and retail market.  We believe that fiber
 optics offers the potential to expand the usage of metal halide lamps ten
 times over current levels."
     Mr. Hellman further commented, "In order for the intense metal halide
 light to be customized and coupled with the polymer cable efficiently, ADLT
 had to develop a unique optical coating to be used as part of the system.  The
 solution was provided by our unique MicroDyn(R) and IsoDyn(TM) optical coating
 technologies at DSI."
     Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc. is an innovation-driven designer,
 manufacturer, and marketer of metal halide lighting products, including
 materials, system components and systems.  The Company also develops,
 manufactures and markets passive optical telecommunications devices,
 components and equipment based on the optical coating technology of its
 wholly-owned subsidiary, Deposition Sciences, Inc.
     Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed
 in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and
 uncertainties.  As discussed in the Company's SEC filings, covenants in the
 Company's bank credit facility, the indenture relating to the Company's 8%
 Senior Notes and the Company's agreements with General Electric Company limit
 certain corporate actions. Other risks and uncertainties include the timely
 development and market acceptance of new products, including production
 equipment, the ability to provide adequate incentives to retain and attract
 key employees, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and other risks
 detailed from time-to-time in the Company's EDGAR filings with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission. In particular, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's
 Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2000. Without limiting the
 foregoing, the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects" and similar
 expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  The
 Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in
 these forward-looking statements.
 
 SOURCE  Advanced Lighting Technologies, Inc.