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Kim Lighting celebrates 80th anniversary

17 June 2014 14.30 BST


(USA) - Hubbell Lighting brand founded in 1934 by F.B. Nightingale.

Born on December 26, 1885, F.B. Nightingale spent his early career studying magic, but when silent films began drawing crowds away from live performances, he was forced to change professions. After several years with GE’s International Division, Nightingale returned to Los Angeles as an illuminating engineer. In a lighting studio he built in Altadena, California, he would demonstrate how lighting could enhance gardens, fountains and the outdoor environment. In response to the positive feedback from his eye for lighting design, Nightingale founded Kim Manufacturing Company in 1934.
 
From day one, F.B. Nightingale established a culture of innovation and uncompromising quality that is still at the core of the company today. The founder fathered and introduced many of the landscape lighting techniques still in use today including: moonlighting, birdhouse fixtures and in-grade up lighting. The company was also the first to come out with the conventional shoebox, in the form of the EKG, almost three decades ago.

Kim became part of Hubbell when the lighting giant acquired U.S. Industries Inc.'s (USI) domestic lighting division, LCA Group Inc. in 2003, of which Kim was part. The acquisition also included well-known lighting brands such as Progress, Architectural Area Lighting, Columbia, Dual-Lite, Moldcast, Prescolite and Spaulding.  

Today, Kim Lighting continues to innovate in landscape lighting, offering a broad array of styles and lamp offerings from incandescent and halogen to HID and the latest LED technology. The company is leading the way forward with its LightVault8 luminaire featuring Bluetooth connectivity and its large lumen package Altitude luminaire with unique PicoPrism optics. Kim Lighting’s extensive portfolio also includes a variety of high quality roadway, pedestrian, low-level, and building mounted solutions.

www.kimlighting.com

 

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