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Our History

Contrast Lighting, lighting up your life since 1989!

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2008 : Staying the course
Contrast Lighting is one of the few vertically integrated, industrial manufacturer of lighting fixtures in North America.
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.
2012 : A regional asset focusing resolutely on the future
Headquarters located in Saint-Jean-Chrysostome, in Quebec, Canada, now comprise four buildings and 222,000 sqft:
  • administrative offices, plating operations and assembly
  • presses and machinists
  • main warehousing and shipping
Contrast Lighting also ships from two warehouses located in Calgary, Alberta, and in Carson, California.
As a result of its growth and market positioning in North America, the company is now poised to expand its presence in Europe and enter markets in Central America.