LED Source of Raleigh brightens up Grace Christian School with LED lighting

For LED Source of Raleigh owner Matthew Byrne (pictured), every day is Earth Day. That’s because as the local franchisee of LED Source, North America’s first LED lighting franchisor, located at 1135 Kildaire Farm Rd., Suite 108, Byrne provides the kind of state-of-the-art lighting solutions that are becoming the standard for environmentally conscious businesses. Along with partner Nate Byelick, Byrne works at the forefront of what LEDinside projects will be a $25 billion industry by the end of 2015, helping businesses in the Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham areas retrofit their lighting with LED options that save money—and in doing so, the environment as well.

Currently, Byrne and LED Source of Raleigh are working with GRACE Christian School in the Raleigh area transitioning all of their standard lighting into LED lighting.

“We are outfitting three main components of the school’s campus, the elementary school, high school and sports field. The high school campus used to be an auto dealership so excessive lighting throughout the parking lots had to be changed. We started the initial reach out via a cold call. The rebates the school received from switching from standard lighting to LED more than covered the switch over for the parking lot so they decided to refit the entire campus as a whole which is a big and exciting project for both the school and us,” said Byrne.

“Businesses stand to save a lot of money when they employ LED lighting and quicker than they may think,” shared Byrne. “That’s one of my favorite parts of being with LED Source: dispelling preconceived notions and helping businesses save money, while doing it in such a way that they’re helping the environment, too.”

For 22 years Byrne worked in the building automation controls industry, where he last managed a $20 million branch contracting business. There he worked with energy efficiency products, gaining a keen insight into an industry that has a demonstrated impact on energy use and utilities. That, he said, is what drew him to LED Source.

“When I learned about the energy-efficiency capabilities of LED lighting, the excellent quality of the light produced and the longevity of the products, I became truly enthused,” said Byrne. “Because LED lighting is an emerging technical industry, it reminds me of the early days of the direct digital controls revolution that occurred back when I first started. It was very exciting; with LED Source, I found I could recapture that magic.”

The magic that Byrne seeks was further inspired by work with current partner Byelick, Byrne’s brother-in-law. Together the two worked with an LED startup company where they installed LED fixtures.

“After 22 years in my previous industry I realized it was time for a change,” said Byrne. “I became determined to never again let my financial stability be determined by someone else and I wanted to be involved in an industry that was rapidly growing before my eyes. My wife and I feel truly blessed to own a business with the potential that LED Source offers us. We are both very optimistic about what our futures hold for us.”

About LED Source
Founded in 2005, LED Source® is North America’s first franchisor of LED lighting. The company supplies high quality LED lighting products to a variety of spaces, and specializes in design, support, development, project management and financing through its Retrofit, Architectural, Entertainment and National Accounts divisions. In 2012, LED Source launched LouMan Money®, a private-labeled finance program that affords companies an LED lighting upgrade without tying up capital or using existing lines of credit. For more information and/or about franchising opportunities, please visit www.LEDsource.com/franchising.

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