This year marks Lightolier’s 100th year in the lighting industry. Australian immigrant Bernhard Blitzer created the company, originally named The New York Gas Appliance Company, in 1904.
In the ’50s, the company created commercial and architectural products like early fluorescent designs, flexible decorative lighting, multigroove downlights, track lighting, office lighting, and microprocessor-based lighting controls. This year it plans to release a comprehensive introduction of HID downlighting.
The anniversary will be celebrated at company headquarters in Fall River, Mass.