Fort Worth-based Kobi Electric is developing a line of smart lighting and has brought on industry veteran Terence Ndofor to spearhead testing and design of the products.
Ndofor will serve as the director of product development and engineering. In that role, he will lead the introduction of the company’s new smart lighting.
Operating under the brand UR HOM, the new products make up an intelligent lighting system controlled through home automation platforms such as Amazon Echo and Google Home. UR HOME relies on smart phone and tablet user interfaces to control the settings and temperature of lights, while reducing energy usages and costs.
A recent study by Berg Insight estimates the number of smart homes will increase to 73 million by 2021.
Kobi Electric is testing its smart lighting concept now, with the first products due to roll out by the end of 2017.
Ndofor previously worked as technical manager for LED lighting at Jasco Products and has also held roles with Lucent Technologies and Texas Instruments.
Kobi Electric President Nick Peragine says the addition of an industry veteran like Mr. Ndofor is “another step toward Kobi’s ultimate goal of being the most progressive lighting [manufacturers] in North America.”
Peragine went on to say that Ndofor, who received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University, has one of the best minds in the industry. “We believe Mr. Ndofor has a unique ability to effectively manage complex technical projects, while also maintaining an emphasis on the end-goal of customer satisfaction,” Peragine said in a release.
LED bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Kobi Electric has been encouraging federal lawmakers to take a careful look at and to provide more government-guaranteed loans for more LED production.
Through the LED ROI Calculator on Kobi Electric’s website customers can determine savings through usage of its LED lighting products.