Photo Release -- Energy Focus, Inc. Selected by The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to Develop "New Best" LED

Photo Release -- Energy Focus, Inc. Selected by The National Shipbuilding
Research Program (NSRP) to Develop "New Best" LED Lighting Solution

SOLON, Ohio, Jan. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Focus, Inc. (OTC BB:EFOI)
today announced that it was selected by the Executive Control Board of the
National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to receive funding for the
development of a "New Best" LED lighting solution for the Navy's 2-bulb
fluorescent fixture.

EFOI NSRP Award
 EFOI selected to develop, build and
 test an all-platform light-emitting
 diode (APALED) lighting system, with
 the goal of creating a "New Best"
 solution for replacement of the Navy's
 2-bulb fluorescent fixture.

A photo accompanying this release is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=16456

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) is a collaboration of U.S.
Shipyards that focuses on common issues with a goal of reducing the cost of
acquiring, operating and maintaining Navy ships. This round of awards included
9 research projects valued at approximately $12 million in both Navy funding
and industry cost share.

"We are excited about this opportunity to develop the new lighting fixture
specifically designed around our already military approved IntelliTube ™ LED
replacement lamp. This will allow us to further penetrate the market into the
ship building supply channel," said Joe Kaveski, CEO.

The objective of the NSRP award is to "Develop, build and test an all-platform
light-emitting diode (APALED) lighting system, with the goal of creating a
"New Best" solution for replacement of the Navy's 2-bulb fluorescent fixture."
Roger Buelow, CTO commented: "We are pleased to be chosen for this award and
look forward to further work with our partners at Ingalls Shipbuilding,
Electric Boat and the University of Akron who are our co-recipients for this
award."

About Energy Focus, Inc.

Energy Focus, Inc. is a leading provider of energy efficient LED lighting
products, turnkey energy efficient lighting solutions and a developer of
energy efficient lighting technology holding 75 lighting patents. Our
solutions provide energy savings, aesthetics, safety and maintenance cost
benefits over conventional lighting. Our long-standing relationship with the
U.S. Government includes numerous research and development projects for the
DOE and DARPA, creating energy efficient LED lighting systems for the U.S.
Navy fleet.

Customers include national, state and local U.S. government agencies as well
as Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Navy, swimming pool builders and many
others. Company headquarters are located in Solon, OH, with additional offices
in Nashville, TN, Pleasanton, CA, and the United Kingdom. For more
information, see our web site at www.energyfocusinc.com.

The Energy Focus, Inc. logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6633

The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.

CONTACT: Media Contact:
         Energy Focus, Inc.
         Public Relations Office (440) 715-1295 pr@energyfocusinc.com
        
         Investor Contact: Brion Tanous
         CleanTech IR, Inc.
         (310) 541-6824 btanous@cleantech-ir.com

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