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CSL (Creative Systems Lighting) Provides Energy-Efficient LED Downlighting for Anticipated LEED Platinum Resort Community


CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF. – CSL® (Creative Systems Lighting), pioneers of recessed downlighting and leaders in energy-efficient lighting, provided a range of LED Eco-Downlights for Indigo Park, a resort community of 16 single-family residential dwellings built on 12 acres of land on Kiawah Island, located 21 miles from Charleston, S.C. Indigo Park is anticipated to be the first community within an exclusive resort to potentially merit LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Indigo Park was also recently chosen as the site for construction of HGTV’s Dream Home 2013.

“We are proud that the CSL brand is associated with a sustainable project of this caliber,” said Mark D’Antonio, vice president of Sales and Marketing for CSL. “Platinum level resort projects are still relatively rare, but we know they are part of our future. They give manufacturers like CSL a reason to keep innovating with our products and stretching our design capabilities to provide the most environmentally efficient illumination, style, functionality and dependability available on the market today. The inspiration and philosophy behind Indigo Park aligns well with CSL’s mission.”

Indigo Park is the vision of Candace Dyal, president of Dyal Compass LLC, who aligned with Christopher Rose Architects and Royal Indigo Construction to develop the project over an approximately three-year period. The Indigo Park homes range in size from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet, with a guest cottage option. Each home site features marsh views of the Kiawah River and its tributaries. The building of each home site incorporates the most modern of green practices, including the use of recycled and efficient local materials, water efficiency systems, energy efficient fixtures, lighting, appliances, heating and cooling systems. These efficiencies and sustainable features add up to significant savings on utility bills and time-consuming maintenance for future homeowners.
Indigo Park, Kiawah Island, S.C.
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One of the ways Royal Indigo Construction chose to reduce energy consumption was through specifying aesthetically-pleasing, high-performance energy-efficient lighting. CSL supplied a range of 3-inch Eco-Downlight LEDs—including IC/Airtight/Adjustable and those made for New Construction (Non-IC)—which were installed in the living, kitchen, loft, bedrooms and bathrooms of the homes. CSL’s 2-inch Eco-Downlight “LED Minis” were also installed in a small hallway on the second floor. The 3-inch Eco-Downlights help lower energy and maintenance costs with an integral proprietary 120V input LED Driver that is 90% efficient and high-performance 16W LEDs delivering 50,000 hours at 70% lumen maintenance; the LED Minis offer 14W LEDs and a 120V-277V input LED Driver.

“In trying to meet our objective of being the first LEED Platinum luxury resort on the East Coast, we were looking for quality LED downlights that have been tested to last for a long period of time, are dimmable, have a good track record in the field, and come with lots of different options for a variety of ceilings,” said Ben Daley, project manager for Royal Indigo Construction. “The homes at Indigo Park also have high pitched rooflines and dramatically sloped ceilings, making it necessary to choose downlights with modularity of trims, housings and optics. That search led us to CSL.”

CSL’s 3-inch Eco-Downlight LEDs and LED Minis come with three interchangeable optics (25-degrees, 45-degrees or 65-degrees) and the option of an 85-degree optic, which allowed the builder to set the light direction at varying degrees depending on the ceiling height. The Eco-Downlights also come with eight round trim options and five square trim options, as well as a trimless accessory plate; while the LED mini offers six trims consisting of both round and square—giving the Indigo Park team a full range of options, depending on the installation location.

In the end, the goal of Indigo Park is to educate people about green living, and make them aware of products that help lower energy consumption. Added Daley: “With construction being such a large portion of the greenhouse emissions in this country, we owe it to everyone to be the leader of better building practices and lower energy consumption.”

About CSL®
CSL® (Creative Systems Lighting) has been designing and manufacturing performance-engineered architectural lighting fixtures since 1990. Known as the pacesetter in low voltage small aperture recessed lighting, CSL has emerged as a leader in the concealed LED lighting and architectural LED lighting categories over the last several years. With design and manufacturing teams in Europe, Asia and the United States, CSL continues to revolutionize the way architects and lighting designers perceive technical performance and energy efficiency with each new lighting innovation—including the Eco-Downlight; the Eco-Downlight LED Mini, which was named one of BUILDERnews’ “Best Products” of 2011; Eco-Counter, Pro-Puck-LED and the CSL Architectural line. Today, CSL’s diverse range of lighting products can be found in commercial buildings, hotels, retail establishments and homes all over the world. CSL is part of the Littman Brands which includes: Corbett Lighting, Troy Lighting, Hudson Valley Lighting® and Troy Landscape Lighting. For more information about CSL, visit:

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