Lodhie Dubbed as the ‘Thomas Edison of the LED Bulb’
|Pervaiz Lodhie and Bertie Ahern
Torrance, CA: Mr. Pervaiz Lodhie,
President & CEO, and Adil Gandhi, Vice President &
General Manager of Ledtronics, Inc. headquartered in Torrance,
California, traveled to Dublin, Ireland last week for a meeting
with Bertie Ahern, Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland.
Ahern was born Bartholomew Ahern on September 12, 1951, in
Dublin, Ireland. A member of Fianna Fail, he entered the Irish
parliament in 1977 and held several parliamentary offices.
He was Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1986 to 1987, but returned
to national government following his stint as mayor and served
as Labor Minister (’87–’91) and Finance
Minister (’91- ’94). In 1997 he was elected as
the Prime Minister, the youngest person to have ever occupied
that post and which position he continues to hold today. Ahern
helped broker a cease-fire by the IRA and subsequently in
1998, he and others including Britain’s Prime Minister
Tony Blair and George Mitchell of the US negotiated a peace
agreement in Northern Ireland commonly referred to as the
Good Friday Agreement or the Belfast Agreement.
The Irish Government under Bertie Ahern seems to be deeply
committed to the conservation of energy and reducing the carbon
footprint as a signatory of the Kyoto Accords, which in turn
led to the meeting with Lodhie and Gandhi. Since 1983 Ledtronics
has been a leader in designing and manufacturing environmentally
friendly low power usage, long life LED bulbs as direct replacements
to energy wasting incandescent light bulbs.
LED lights use 80% less energy than incandescent lighting
and because it is a solid-state device that can last up to
100,000 hours, it not only achieves energy conservation goals,
but also greatly reduces maintenance and replacement costs.
The Taoiseach met with the Torrance executives in his private
office at government house in Dublin and indicated that he
and his government wish to lead the world in energy conservation
and help reduce the carbon footprint.
“He was a very congenial host,” said Pervaiz Lodhie,
“ and a most charming and charismatic individual, “
Ahern invited Ledtronics to work with Ireland’s Public
Works Department to help achieve their conservation goals.
During two days of meetings, the local executives also met
with Batt O’Keefe, Minister for State and Brian Cowen,
Minister for Finance, who during their conversations dubbed
Pervaiz as the Thomas Edison of the LED bulb. Accompanying
Ledtronics’ executives were Directors of Bespoke Lighting
of UK, Robert White and Peter Byrne and Robert White Sr. of