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Columbus City Schools and Navistar® Choose Energy-Efficient LED Lights from Weldon for New Hybrid Electric Buses

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


COLUMBUS, OH, July 30, 2010 – Local Columbus lighting manufacturer and electrical controls designer Weldon, a division of Akron Brass is the chosen supplier of energy-efficient, durable, and serviceable LED lighting products on the six new hybrid electric school buses joining the Columbus City Schools fleet at an introduction and training held at the Ft. Hayes Bus Compound (630 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus) on Wednesday, August 4.

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconducting device that produces light as an electrical current passes through it. LEDs use much less power than traditional bulbs and have a significantly longer life.

“School bus lighting primarily uses red and amber colored lamps,” explained Weldon’s director of lighting products Tom Barnett. “With incandescent or halogen lamps, a white light source is used and certain wavelengths must be filtered out to achieve the desired color. This filtering amounts to lost energy – 75% for red and 25% for amber.  With LEDs, the color emitted is already the desired color; there are no filtering losses, so we can save that energy. A key example is Weldon’s red LED school bus warning lamp. A typical halogen warning lamp consumes 55 watts of power while an equivalent red LED warning lamp consumes only 10 watts; an 81% reduction in power use”

In addition to energy efficiency and lower power consumption, Weldon’s patented V-LED technology also increases student safety due to its extraordinary brightness and signaling power.

According to their website, Columbus City Schools transports some 31,000 children more than 45,000 miles a day, or 8.1 million miles annually.

About the Hybrid Electric Buses

The 6 diesel hybrid electric school buses Columbus has purchased with federal grant funds are manufactured by IC Bus™ A Navistar® Company. The CE Series hybrid electric school bus is cleaner and more fuel efficient, improving fuel economy by up to 65% and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 39%.

For more information on IC Bus or the CE Series bus, call 1-800-892-7761 and visit

About Weldon’s LED Lighting Products

Designed for long-term service and low lifecycle costs, Weldon’s patented V-LED technology is the industry’s only serviceable, maintainable, and upgradable stop-tail-turn-backup and warning lights. It is loaded with value-added features that reduce maintenance expenses and vehicle downtime, while enhancing signaling and visibility through optimized light control.

Some of the key features/benefits of V-LED technology include:

    Safe, highly visible signaling
    Serviceable components for reduced life-cycle cost
    V-LED life rating at life-time of bus
    Low power consumption/amperage draw

For more information about Weldon’s patented V-LED technology, call 1-800-989-2718 and visit

About Weldon

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and founded in 1967, Weldon, a division of Akron Brass Co., is an ISO 9001: 2000 registered company that develops, manufactures, and sells state-of-the-art lighting devices and customized electrical control solutions for specialty vehicle markets. This includes school bus, ambulance, fire truck, homeland security, transit bus, trailer, and recreational vehicles.

For more information about Weldon’s LED lighting products and patented V-LED technology, call 1-800-989-2718 and visit

About the Introduction and Training Event

Date:                Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Location:         Ft. Hayes Bus Compound, 630 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
Agenda:           8:30 -11:30 am: Training and review for Ohio Highway Patrol inspectors and CCS Fleet technicians
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch break
12:30 - 3:30 pm Training and review for first responders and tow services and CCS Fleet Technicians and representatives from Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Ohio Environmental Council and Clean Fuels Ohio, Zonar System
2:30 - 3:15 pm Columbus City Schools, Superintendent Dr. Gene T. Harris and introduction of hybrid school buses to the residents of Columbus and media event

About Akron Brass

Founded in 1918, Akron Brass is a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of high-performance fire-fighting and emergency rescue equipment. A Premier Farnell company, Akron Brass is ISO 9001: 2000 registered and has an excellent reputation for developing and manufacturing innovative products.

Media Contact:
Kim Morrow

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