Philips Lightolier is a company with a rich
history of growth and innovation. Lightolier was founded in 1904, in the
early days of electric lighting. By the 1920's, the company had published
the first application-oriented "Stylebook" catalog. Already, "function
with style" (glass refractors in pendants, for example) was an important
selling feature. By the Second World War, Lightolier had built a reputation
for design leadership in decorative lighting.
After the war, the company entered the architectural lighting market
in a major way. Rapidly, Lightolier earned recognition for its sophisticated
and sensitive designs. With its introduction of track lighting in the
1960's, the company became an important player in the fast growing store
lighting market. Also in the 1960's the company began asserting
its expertise in downlighting reflector technology. Lightolier figured
importantly in the use of downlights in residential, as well as hospitality
and entertainment spaces. During this decade, Lightolier added facilities
across the United States, Mexico, and Canada (now part of Canlyte).
In the 1970's, Lightolier pioneered high-performance
fluorescent lighting and lighting systems for stores and office work spaces.
In 1986, Lightolier created the first digital dimmer and entered the lighting
controls market; energy controls followed in 1991. Throughout the 1990's,
Lightolier has concentrated on Energy Smart lighting.
In 1994, Lightolier moved its headquarters to Fall River, Massachusetts.
In addition, Lightolier has manufacturing and distribution facilities
in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, and
Mexico. Our TechCenter supports
professional visits and educational seminars.