Ralph Petty was working in property management in 2009 when the economy was falling apart. He and a friend who worked at Ford looked at the job landscape and decided to make their own by starting Smart Lighting Solutions
"Energy efficiency is something that intrigued both of us," Petty says.
The Shelby Township-based firm specializes in helping businesses improve their energy efficiencies, usually through replacing light with more efficient options.
"The big push is starting to go towards LED (lights)," Petty says. "We're installing at a bowling center on the east side of Detroit that will be all LED."
Smart Lighting Solutions is also bringing new products to its lineup by adding Juganu Lighting's
LED lighting products. The LEDs allow for energy savings of up to 80 percent over traditional lighting, such as metal halide fixtures.
The company now has a staff of three people after hiring a sales professional in the last year. Petty expects his company to continue to grow as the firm focuses more of its efforts on outdoor facilities.
"Our biggest goal is to work with outdoor facilities like parking lots and parking structures," Petty says.
Source: Ralph Petty, principal of Smart Lighting Solutions
Writer: Jon Zemke
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