Apr 19, 2021

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Sponsored By: Acuity Brands

This year the Lithonia Lighting® brand celebrates 75 years of providing great products and services to its customers and the electrical industry. It is a proud heritage that continues today as Lithonia Lighting builds upon its status as a leading name in lighting trusted by specifiers, facility and operations managers, electrical contractors, electrical distributors, and many more. 

And like with many great brands, the Lithonia Lighting journey started small.

Lithonia LightingIt All Started in a Garage
The Lithonia Lighting story began in 1946 when Sam Freeman founded the Lithonia Lighting Products Company. Operations began with just two employees working out of a 2,000-sq.-ft. garage in Lithonia, Georgia, which at the time was a small town of about 1,500 residents located outside of Atlanta. Initially, the business involved finishing and assembling metal parts and first year sales were $287,000.

In the early 1950s, Sam decided to concentrate on the growing demand for commercial and industrial fluorescent lighting fixtures and sell these products through wholesale electrical distributors and sales agents. By the late 1950s, Lithonia Lighting had rapidly become a well-established leader in engineering and manufacturing fluorescent lighting. 

In 1957, with more than 400 employees, Lithonia Lighting moved to larger facilities in nearby Conyers, Georgia. In 1969, the company was acquired by National Service Industries, Inc., which in 2001 spun off Lithonia Lighting and other assets to the newly formed Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI).  Acuity Brands designs, manufactures and brings to market a portfolio of market-leading lighting, lighting controls, building management and location-aware products and services, of which Lithonia Lighting remains a cornerstone brand.

Lithonia Lighting

75 Years and Still Growing
Today, Lithonia Lighting offers customers an industry-leading selection of quality LED lighting products in nearly every category. These include commercial indoor and outdoor lighting to industrial, life safety systems and residential lighting, for a diverse array of market applications ranging from commercial office to education, healthcare to retail, and from manufacturing and warehousing to parking garages and pedestrian walkways.

The success of Lithonia Lighting over the years has been grounded in listening closely to customers to understand their needs and requirements, while marrying those with the best solutions that make an impact in the spaces where they are used. Examples of several of these innovative and often pioneering lighting solutions, include:

Lithonia LightingLithonia Lighting is one of the lighting industry’s most successful and sought-after brands thanks to Sam’s foresight, the dedication and hard work of countless teams of associates over the years, and the ongoing financial and strategic strength of Acuity Brands.

That’s 75 years and counting of having the right products, readily available with the trusted performance customers count on. Come see for yourself and visit www.lithonialighting.com and experience the Best Value in Lighting™.