#11 Vu Thai

Efficient Lighting

Age: 27
Location: Gardena, CA
2007 Revenue: $2 million
Employees: 12
Year founded: 2007
Website: www.efficientlightingco.com

Efficient Lighting manufactures compact fluorescent lamps, as well as interior and exterior light fixtures, which use up to 75 percent less than traditional fixtures and last six to 10 times longer. Most of Thai's business comes from companies that are making the switch thanks to rebates and incentives from California's Public Utilities Commission. Efficient Lighting is now working with other states' utilities commissions as well. Thai says despite all the buzz about going green these days, we've only seen "the tip of the market," leaving his company poised for even further growth.

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