Cooledge Lighting Inc. has announced the launch of commercial offices in Waltham, Mass., putting the company closer to the largest concentration of architectural and design firms and related decision makers, and providing access to key talent and resources within the locally established solid-state lighting cluster. The space will house sales, product management and marketing functions, while R&D, engineering and manufacturing operations will remain at the company headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The East Coast presence is the latest in a series of corporate advances intended to complete its transition from fast-growth startup to leader of an industry-merging category which makes illumination integral to architecture. These integrated surfaces are being specified for projects all over the world, and closer proximity to the large design centers of the eastern U.S. and Europe will help Cooledge accelerate the pace of adoption.
Cooledge is advancing in an industry-merging category, luminous surfaces, which makes illumination integral to architecture. Luminous surfaces provide a sense of space in the same way nature’s luminous surface provides a comfortable background lighting for life.
“Cooledge is exploiting the advantages of LEDs above and beyond stuffing them into antiquated form factors – instead delivering customizable luminous surfaces that change the way we use and experience light,” says CEO William J. Sims. “As a hub for solid-state lighting and related startups, Boston is an ideal location to take our next strides towards reinventing the industry. We believe that luminous surfaces will transform the design-build process as we know it, and we have the vision and agility to make it happen.”
Cooledge initiated operations in its Waltham office in the fall and currently employs 15 staff with plans to expand. The office will also feature a showroom to demonstrate applications of its award-winning luminous surface offerings.