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Manufacturer: Gotham Lighting
Start year: 1938
End year: 0
Gotham Lighting has a longstanding history with the lighting industry which begun when it was founded back in 1938 in New York City by Harry Gerstel. In founding Gotham Lighting, Harry Gerstel understood that modern architecture called for a new approach to lighting and kept in constant touch with the advancements of the lighting industry. He worked closely with his associate Richard Kelly who was a renowned architect and known pioneer of lighting design. With the company`s emphasis on innovative and trendsetting lighting, Gotham Lighting became widely known for its many breakthrough lighting advancements. In 1957, Gotham Lighting patented the low-brightness recessed downlight. In 1958, Harry Gerstel designed and patented the recessed accent light which allowed for easy adjustment and a full 360 degree rotation capability. Gotham Lighting was also the first to make use of deep-finned heat radiating socket assemblies to increase lamp life. These developments resulted because of the problem solving and innovative environment that was propagated in the company which continues to this day. While Gotham Lighting was sold to the ITT Indoor Lighting Group in 1970 and was again resold to Lithonia Lighting late in that same year, Gotham Lighting never ceased to operate and to produce among the latest innovations in the lighting industry. Designer involved: George Nelson



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