Ephesus: A Spotlight on Success

Over the last 18 months, Syracuse-based Ephesus LightingLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. has taken the spotlight in pioneering the brightest and most rugged LED lamps for arenas, stadiums and other commercial and industrial spaces, tapping into a broad market that few cleantech companies have ventured into.

Arena Hockey Player - Ephesus Lighting
Arena Hockey Player standing under Ephesus Lighting fixtures.
“The reason we’re able to make the brightest and most rugged light fixtures that outperform other lighting products is because we have engineers who are capable of developing completely new lighting systems,” said Ephesus CEO Amy Casper. “Using the best LEDs on the market, we know how to manage the heat issues more efficiently as well as develop better optics and circuitry.”

That’s little wonder. Amy, her husband Joe Casper and five other former Lockheed Martin employees, who make up their company's core team and about half of their company's staff, have a plethora of experience in electrical, mechanical and systems engineering.

Ephesus, established in 2010, is a tenant company in The Clean Tech Center, one of six clean-energy business incubators around the State funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The startup plans to expand into a new facility in nearby Baldwinsville.

With support from NYSERDA and other state and business development organizations, Ephesus has developed and sold its lighting systems to arenas and warehouse-size facilities around the country.

Last year, its Visium™ LED luminaire light series was installed on the 65-foot-tall ceiling of the War Memorial Arena, located in the Oncenter conference facility in downtown Syracuse. The 34,500-square-foot arena, which has seating for 7,000, is a popular venue for sporting events, concerts and the like. Not only do the lamps provide better quality lighting, but they will also save Onondaga County more than 85% in annual energy costs.

“This is the first single fixture, 1000-watt equivalent LED light installation in a major sports complex anywhere in the country,” said Joe Casper, company president.

“With the support of NYSERDA as well as host of other R&D and manufacturing resources and partnerships, we’ve been very successful in developing the brightest, most efficient and most cost-effective LED lighting solutions for commercial and industrial applications that will stand the test of time.”
- Joe Casper

Ephesus LED lighting fixtures are built in New York State, using LED chips produced in the United States. The final lighting products are produced by Ansen Corporation, an electronics contract manufacturer in Ogdensburg, N.Y.

The company’s first project, under a $200,000 NYSERDA grant, was for the development of an LED street light. In December 2011, 15 streetlights in Baldwinsville were retrofitted with Ephesus lighting fixtures, which are engineered to last 50 percent longer and glow 20 percent brighter while using 20 percent less power. The fixtures are 20 percent cheaper than similar LED products.

Ephesus Lighting is also developing its own patented LED chip, using gallium nitride on diamond. The technology is moving forward under the company’s subsidiary, Ephesus Technologies.

Meanwhile, the company is pushing its current LED fixture products outfitted with patent-pending lens designs into other venue markets. The company was recently awarded a $300,000 NYSERDA grant to build upon its previous LED streetlight product for a new light fixture for baseball parks and other outdoor stadiums.

“With the support of NYSERDA as well as a host of other R&D and manufacturing resources and partnerships, we’ve been very successful in developing the brightest, most efficient and most cost-effective LED lighting solutions for commercial and industrial applications that will stand the test of time,” Joe Casper said.