St. Petersburg lighting company’s 30 workers specializie in efficiency

Florida-based lighting company LumaStream has completed hundreds of projects across the country. (Photo courtesy of LumaStream)

Florida-based lighting company LumaStream has completed hundreds of projects across the country. (Photo courtesy of LumaStream)

In 2009, sculptor Eric Higgs designed a lighting installation that filled an entire block of downtown Tampa Bay with light. The abstract public art piece was intended to artistically enhance a parking structure, and was part of the city’s beautification efforts. Higgs was an environmentalist in addition to being a sculptor, and recognized that the 20,000 watts required to power the sculpture was a waste of energy. He decided to search for a more energy-efficient lighting solution. Finding none, Higgs recognized the opportunity to create one himself, and partnered with leading lighting innovators to design LED fixtures that cut his sculpture’s power consumption down to 890 watts. Higgs found the quality and efficiency of the lighting to be greater than any market alternative, and LumaStream was born.

LumaStream began with residential customers and the outdoor lighting for the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. As the company grew, it focused on a unique, all-digital approach to LED lighting. While this innovative approach brought its share of challenges, it also brought opportunities, and today LumaStream provides one of the most energy efficient, controllable, safe, and reliable LED solutions on the market.

LumaStream helped design this energy-efficient interior of a Sarasota food service establishment. (Photo courtesy of LumaStream)

LumaStream helped design this energy-efficient interior of a Sarasota food service establishment. (Photo courtesy of LumaStream)

Jennifer Andrews, LumaStream’s marketing manager, notes that the patented power distribution technology improves “the performance, reliability, energy efficiency, and controllability of LED lighting,” in addition to reducing maintenance requirements. But viewers are most impressed by the “virtually unlimited number of displays of colors and programmable lighting scenes.” As more customers became aware of the quality and efficiency of LumaStream’s products, the company began designing lighting for restaurant chains and hotels. Today, it has completed hundreds of projects, has offices in Washington and Virginia, and employs more than 30 engineers, lighting specialists, sales representatives, and other staff. When asked about the company’s expansion goals, Andrews laughed and said, “It seems like we are hiring someone new every week.”

— Environmental Entrepreneurs