Bethesda Systems to Sell High-Quality, Energy-Efficient Lighting

With new regulations phasing out incandescent light bulbs across the United States, Jonathan Stovall, co-founder of Bethesda Systems, felt it would best to begin serving both current and future clients with the highest quality and most energy efficient lighting products available.

The high-quality lighting solution Bethesda Systems trusts is that of LEDs, and at the start of the New Year, Bethesda Systems officially added high-quality, energy efficient lighting products to their inventory.

Bethesda Systems will now be able to more easily perform LED retrofits for residences and commercial properties throughout the Washington, D.C. area, in addition to their high-quality integration services.

LED stands for light-emitting diode. These are small light sources that work when the movements of electrons illuminate semiconductor material. LED light bulbs last 50,000 hours on average, whereas incandescent bulbs last around 1,000 hours, and CFL bulbs last around 8,000 hours.

In addition to this, LEDs also produce better quality light. In the past, there was skepticism in regards to LED performance: whether it could dim, and what color light it gave off. While CFLs seem to be the easy go-to option for purchasing more efficient lighting, CFLs lack the quality LEDs have.

In recent years, LED manufacturers have made immense progress in improving the LED to make it not only a good incandescent alternative, but also a competitive choice.

From 2009 to 2010, the LED market doubled from $5.6 billion to $10.8 billion—a 93% growth rate. By 2010, general-purpose LED lights surpassed 100 lumens per watt.

In regards to color quality, LEDs are able to maintain the warm light effect.

With advances in product quality like the WarmDim technology from lighting brand Juno, the WarmDim lighting technology, the light turns yellow as it is dimmed.

LEDs are also 100% dimmable. LED bulbs have full range capability, whereas CFL bulb range capability is limited. CFLs tend to drop out by the time the dimmer reaches 20% of light—meaning it shuts off when it isn’t supposed to.

Bethesda Systems’ first commercial LED lighting retrofit took place this past summer of 2012. The resulting work reduced the business lighting energy consumption over 80%. No longer are their lights burning out and based on current usage, but their lighting maintenance costs have been eliminated for the next 8 years.

Gary Hefner, the project leader of the bar retrofit explained, “After the retrofit, there was a major heating difference. No more halogen or incandescent bulbs were being used, allowing the bar to no longer run their air-conditioning as hard, thus allowing them to save additional energy.”



Commercial Division Awarded Potomac Yards Marriott Contract


Bethesda Systems Commercial Division awarded new contract for the Potomac Yards Marriott Renaissance and Residence Inn Hotels in Crystal City.

First Newly Built LEED® Certified “Green” Hotels in Arlington, Virginia.  The hotels are owned by the JBG Companies and managed by Marriott International.

Bethesda, MD – July 20, 2010
– Bethesda Systems, a leading technology integration firm, today announced the recent contract award for the Audio Visual System Design & Installation within the public spaces of The Renaissance Crystal City Potomac Yards Hotel and The Residence Inn Crystal City Potomac Yards in Arlington, VA.

Anticipated to open this Winter, the 13-story building features an expansive lobby, restaurant, and an amenity floor with a 10,000 square foot grand ballroom and over 10,000 square feet of meeting rooms. 17 of the conference rooms will integrate lighting, shading systems, HVAC, A/V equipment and other electronics through a simple yet powerful interface in order to create an impressive experience for every meeting.

“The project will feature a Control4 system…the first one of its kind to run a large commercial public space venue such as this one.” says Jonathan Stovall, Partner at Bethesda Systems. “Historically, the legacy control systems required to run this level of A/V distribution & integration would cost owners 2-3 times as much as a new Control4 system today. In addition, the ongoing maintenance costs are substantially reduced because of the simplistic programming nature inherent of a Control4 system. When a source component is added or replaced down the road, the technician literally spends only minutes swapping the code…compared to hours with the legacy control systems.”

The system will be designed and programmed to maximize productivity. Included will be automated events that will save guests and staff time, while also helping to manage energy costs. This will be accomplished by coordinating lighting, temperature and electronics to engage based on time of day, events or manual control. Automated events might include Meeting Welcome/Break, Meeting In Progress, Cleaning, All On or All Off settings. Ultimately, this level of control will create the perfect ambiance for Marriott’s customers with little employee intervention and unobtrusive energy savings.

LEED® is the standard for environmentally responsible buildings set by the U.S. Green Building Council. The property will also feature an energy saving “green roof’ with plants and trees, providing a relaxing space for guests overlooking the U.S. Capitol and Potomac River.

About Bethesda Systems – Located in Bethesda, Maryland, Bethesda Systems is regarded as one of the leading AV & Control Systems integration firms in the National Capital Region.  With the recent launch of our Commercial Division, and close partnerships with many leading product manufacturers and software developers for AV, Control & Energy Management Systems, we provide a broad range of design/build services for various Commercial and Hospitality business solutions.  For more information please visit

About Control4 – Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Control4 is a leading provider of IP control systems, delivered intelligently through an easy-to-use and intuitive software interface. Founded in 2003, the company delivers affordable automation and control of lighting, music, video, HVAC, security, and energy management systems to the broad market through more than 1,600 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 50 countries. Control4 is the platform of choice for major consumer electronics companies, hotels, businesses and utilities that require an intelligent, open and affordable control solution. For more information visit

About The JBG Companies – Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, The JBG Companies is an active investment fund sponsor, developer, owner and operator of office, residential, hotel and retail properties with more than $10 billion in assets under ownership, management and development. Founded in 1960, JBG has established a reputation as one of the leading real estate companies in the Washington metropolitan area.  By combining its broad transactional skill sets, organizational and financial capacity, a long and successful track record and strong reputation, JBG is able to take advantage of complex opportunities to maximize value to its investors and the community in which it operates.   More information can be found by visiting the company’s website:

About Marriott International, Inc. – MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,100 lodging properties in the United States and 66 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Md.  It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE ®. For more information please visit the Marriott web site at


Jonathan Stovall
Bethesda Systems