Hughey & Phillips, an Urbana-based company specializing in obstruction lighting, announced Tuesday it’s rolling out a new product line on June 1 known as the DC HORIZON LED Series.
According to a company press release, the new line features medium-intensity strobe LED-based obstruction lighting systems for the daytime and nighttime lighting of tall structures such as communication towers, wind turbines and smokestacks that pose issues for aerial navigation.
“Our customers have come to rely on Hughey & Phillips to provide the next generation of cutting-edge LED obstruction lighting solutions,” said Jim Sullivan, vice president of sales for Hughey & Phillips. “The new H&P DC HORIZON LED Series fills the need for both daytime and nighttime strobe lighting technology and outperforms legacy incandescent fixtures by substantial margins.”
The new line, which has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, features a white strobe LED system for daytime use as well as a red-flashing LED beacon for nighttime use.
The company, located at 240 W. Twain Ave., is marketing the new DC HORIZON line as the “most innovative products available in the market” in that the lighting system is safe, energy efficient and a green energy alternative to alternating current (AC)-powered LED beacons.
“The new DC HORIZON can be powered in a number of ways including DC (direct current) battery or solar panel to create green lighting systems for use in all obstruction applications,” the release states. “They also provide an increased level of safety on the structures they light by being DC powered, which virtually eliminates the possibility of electrocution or electric shock while installing or servicing the light.”
Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP) Economic Development Director Marcia Bailey called the new DC HORIZON LED Series being manufactured in Urbana a “win-win” for everyone involved.
“Obviously, when any company gets a new product line, that is seen as a huge retention piece for our county in terms of helping to retain local jobs even if no new jobs are created,” she said.
Sullivan added the new product line won’t result in new jobs initially, but as volume increases over the next year or two, the company could add a few positions.
Along with manufacturing the new LED series, Hughey & Phillips’s in-house engineering department designed the product, which took 18 months to develop.
Having engineers experience this type of success within the county, Bailey said, is important to attracting both skilled individuals and potential employers to the county.
“When we are looking at our future workforce, it’s always tough to get engineers to work in smaller communities like ours, so the fact that their engineering department designed this product line is a big deal for local groups to know that this type of work is being done in the county,” Bailey said.