About Us

History

More than 25 years of expertise

2010 : Change of ownership

The company founder sells shares to certain employees as Contrast Lighting banks on the commitment, dedication and expertise of its employees. An executive committee is setup with Benoît Dupuy as the President and CEO. The values which have made the reputation and the success of Contrast Lighting throughout the years remain the foundation of the new management force. The company introduces a collection of LED products. The European market beckons and Contrast Lighting establishes a warehouse in France and hires Sales Representatives locally.

2008 : Staying the course

Contrast Lighting is one of the few vertically integrated, industrial manufacturer of lighting fixtures in North America.

2005 : A name you can trust

Contrast Lighting is an acknowledged industry player with a well-established reputation for excellence and innovation throughout North America. It now employs 220, ten times the staff of 1989.

2002 : Contrast Lighting introduces a new collection

The company adds hand-blown and pressed glass shades to its product line. Kilns are installed and the company hires master glassblowers to work the glass. Products combine uniquely European design, craftsmanship and North American quality.

1994 : Expanding markets

The interest in Contrast Lighting products extends across North America. New production and shipping facilities increase production efficiency and reduce shipping delays. To meet the growing demand, the company now manufactures its own magnetic transformers and MR16 sockets. The recessed lighting production line is expanded. In 1994 and following years, the 3000, 4000 and 5000 series appear.

1990 : Recessed lighting production in full swing

The company makes significant headway in Ontario and Western Canada. Demand for Contrast Lighting products is so great that the plant is reorganized and a plating department is founded.

1989 : Contrast Lighting enters the market

Michel Lecluze, a dedicated craftsman with a passion for lighting products, starts Contrast Lighting. Drawing on thirty years of personal experience in R&D and a flair for distinctive European-inspired lighting designs, he develops the company’s first recessed halogen lighting fixtures.

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Mission, Vision and Values

At Contrast Lighting, our mission is clear :
Satisfy the customers’ needs by providing lighting solutions with complete, innovative product lines and offering a prime quality customer service.

As we want to produce the best in the LED lighting field : recessed, suspended, decorative glass, wall sconces, we rely on seven fundamental values.

These values, which guide the decisions and actions of Contraste are the following :

  • Excellence
  • Customer primacy
  • Respect of others
  • Team spirit and collaboration
  • Responsibility and commitment
  • Open and transparent communication
  • Decisiveness and timeliness

With confidence and commitment to our mission and values, we look towards the future.

Thus, Contraste wants to be recognized as :

  • One of the best manufacturers in the lighting industry in regards to the great quality of the solutions offered with complete range of innovative products and the excellence of the customer service including quick customer supply.
  • A company offering a cooperative and stimulating work place where employees are happy to be, are involved and committed to the advancement of Contraste.

Awards et Recognition

2016

Winners of the 2015 Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards program.

Press releases

2015

Finalist Gala des Pleïades held on 28 may 2015 by the Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Recipient of the 'Grande Distinction Avenir 2015' award by Desjardins.

2013

Manufacturer of the year - Gala des Pleïades held by the Regional Chamber of Commerce

2011

Winner of the trophy for the best stand at the Global Light + Design Pavilion during the LIGHTFAIR® International in Philadelphia

Design Journal – The company won gold at ADEX (Award for Design Excellence) in the Lighting and Recessed Lighting Downlight category for its Artlite Collection.

2010

Gold Sustaining Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society

2008

Recipient of the silver award for innovation in the Stand category during the IIDEX/NeoCon® Canada national design show hosted by Interior Designers of Canada.

2004

NASFM – Contrast Lighting meets the eligibility requirements of the National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers and becomes a full-fledged member.

1998

Special mention during the LIGHTFAIR® International show in the New Product Showcase category.

1997

Recipient of British Columbia’s Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award in the Residential Products category.

1995

Gala des 500: award in the New Business - Job Creation category during the Gala des 500 held in the Quebec City area.

All products meet the latest requirements of American UL and Canadian CSA standards.

Several product lines are ENERGY STAR® certified.

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