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Fifteen School Districts Improve Health and Sustainability by Installing Energy Focus's Flicker-Free LED Lamps Over the Past Six Months

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SOLON, Ohio, March 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Focus, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFOI), a leader in sustainable LED lighting technologies, is pleased to announce that fifteen school districts in the U.S. have installed more than 200,000 sustainable and flicker-free LED lamps since the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2019. The installations include primarily the company's flagship Series D tubular LEDs (TLEDs) and its patented integrated emergency backup LED Tube RedCap®.

Energy Focus's RedCap® is an emergency backup TLED that integrates batteries, along with a charger, discharger and indicator light. As the first integrated Emergency Battery Backup TLED (UL®-Verified), it allows an 11-watt lamp to illuminate for longer than the general building-code-required 90 minutes, which is critical during emergencies or power outages that schools may encounter.  Energy Focus's flicker-free TLEDs have proven to be a superior form factor—in total cost of ownership, sustainability and ease of future upgrades—for lighting retrofit applications in education and healthcare as well as military and government facilities.

James Tu, Chairman and CEO of Energy Focus said, "We are very glad to see our proven and innovative LED lighting technologies being adopted by a growing number of school districts that recognize the "triple bottom line"—financial, environmental and health—benefits of our products. By replacing mercury-laden fluorescent lamps with our rugged and flicker-free TLEDs, the schools enhance quality of light in the classrooms and improve the learning environment, while minimizing environmental wastes and maintenance burdens from having to replace and recycle the fluorescent or low-quality LED lamps often."

Mike Somers, Vice President of Business Development said, "Schools are increasingly embracing the unique and attractive value of our products—from flicker-free LEDs in the classroom to emergency lighting throughout their buildings—based on Energy Focus's unparalleled record of having more than 150 gratified school districts across the country.  As we continue to educate school districts about our high-quality, easy-to-install retrofit products, they quickly recognize the need to transition to our LED lighting with maximum "triple-bottom-line" benefits and reduced total cost of ownership. We look forward to continuing to bring more innovative and impactful LED lighting technologies to the 12,000-plus school districts across the country, and to other educational institutions to improve the sustainability profiles of their facilities."

About Energy Focus

Energy Focus is an industry-leading innovator of sustainable LED lighting technologies and solutions. As the creator of the first flicker-free original LED products on the U.S. market, Energy Focus products provide extensive energy and maintenance savings, and aesthetics, safety, health and sustainability benefits over conventional lighting. Our customers include U.S. and foreign navies, U.S. federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Since 2007, Energy Focus has installed approximately 650,000 lighting products across US Navy fleet, including TLEDs, waterline security lights, explosion-proof globes and berth lights, saving more than four million gallons of fuel and 200,000 man-hours in lighting maintenance annually. Energy Focus is headquartered in Solon, Ohio. For more information, visit our website at www.energyfocus.com.

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