WEST HAVEN – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced that The Lighting Quotient, a woman-owned, second-generation family manufacturer of sustainable lighting products that operates out of West Haven, is this week’s “Murphy’s Monday Manufacturer.” Founded in 1977, the Lighting Quotient, Inc. designs and manufactures industrial lighting applications for businesses, roads, bridges, airports, and other facilities all while prioritizing energy efficiency, social responsibility, and environmental responsibility. The manufacturer constantly adapts their existing technologies and invents new tools to meet changing energy codes and stricter sustainability goals.

The Lighting Quotient’s “elliptipar” and “tambient” products are distributed to customers around the country and world, and are currently in use at some very well-known sites, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Olympic Visitors Center and U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the CN Tower in Downtown Toronto, Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, and even the White House. One of The Lighting Quotient’s designs was even named the “Greenest Office Space in Asia”. But even though The Lighting Quotient’s products are used around the world, they have maintained a commitment to American manufacturing by using local materials, and working with more than 100 other Connecticut companies to produce their merchandises.

The Lighting Quotient participates in programs with CONNSTEP, the New Haven Manufacturers Association, the Materials and Manufacturing Teachers Institute, and many other educational programs to attract current manufacturing students to work in Connecticut. The company even initiated their own new student scholarship program, named for the founder Sy Shemitz and administrated through the IES (Illuminating Engineering Society), which is designed to help aspiring lighting designers, engineers and architects get the training and certifications they need. 

“For 38 years, The Lighting Quotient has supported countless other Connecticut companies and hundreds of local families, all through their commitment to buy local and to buy American,” said Murphy. “During my visit to the facility in West Haven last week, it became clear that all of their investments – whether it’s advanced training for their current employees, scholarships to help new technicians launch their careers, or research and development of more efficient technologies – The Lighting Quotient is on the cutting edge of their industry."

The manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut communities, creating new jobs and accelerating our state’s economic recovery. Today, Connecticut’s 4,602 manufacturers account for 10.2% of the state’s jobs and 87% of the state’s total exports. In order to protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, Murphy has introduced two pieces of legislation that aim to strengthen existing standards and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods, the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.