About Illuminations Lighting Design
Just as the dimmer slide taught us that there is more to light than simply ON or OFF, Illuminations Lighting Design has shown the world the endless variation, the enchanting spectrums, the infinite gradations of light that can be painted across the wide canvas that stretches between night and day.
It began as a simple idea over lunch, and evolved into one of the most sought after and most recognized residential lighting design firms in the country.
Jim Stephens (left) and Tom Kretzschmar (right) first crossed paths in 1980 at a small company that specialized in lighting fine art. After working together for several months, they began having conversations about how art lighting could be combined with electrical contracting to bring the pleasure of sophisticated lighting design to the average homeowner.
These discussions emerged from their different, though complementary backgrounds in lighting and electrical engineering. Stephens taught theatrical lighting design at Syracuse University before coming to Houston’s world famous Alley Theatre as resident lighting designer. Kretzschmar’s history goes back to one of Texas’ oldest and most prominent electrical firms, Rulon Electric, which his grandfather founded. From these roots, a synergy was formed, and Illuminations Lighting Design sprung forth.
Illuminations initially specialized in lighting paintings and antique cabinet lighting, but quickly expanded to include all forms of artistic lighting design, landscape lighting and electrical contracting. As savvy clients developed a taste for fine lighting designs in Houston, it only seemed natural to combine these elements into a complete package. An increasing number of home owners discovered the profound effects lighting could have upon their daily lives. Word spread quickly and so did the demand for architectural lighting design services that Illuminations now provides.
A typical Illuminations design is one where every painting, armoire, wall sconce, chandelier, recessed light and landscape light works in harmony to create a pleasant, functional and stimulating environment. Flexible enough to adapt to your daily needs, yet sensitive enough to set the most delicate mood.
The passion for perfection has become a mainstay of the Illuminations name. Light by light, wire by wire, houses throughout the country are being hand-fitted with quality lighting fixtures, lighting control systems, home theater systems and outdoor garden lighting equipment by skilled craftsmen from Illuminations Lighting Design. Just as the dimmer switch taught us that there is more to light than simply ON or OFF, Illuminations has shown the world the endless variation, the enchanting spectrums, the infinite gradations of light that can be painted across the wide canvas that stretches between night and day. Since its serendipitous inception, Illuminations has grown to include a team of over 40 talented and dedicated employees. Kretzschmar remains at the helm and Stephens has eased into retirement after 27 years of service. Specialty divisions have been created to focus on such disciplines as lighting design, electrical contracting, landscape lighting and home automation. Having specialists in each of these disciplines, while remaining true to the mission of offering home owners the “complete picture” of lighting design, is key to continued success at Illuminations Lighting.
Illuminations Lighting Design is the only “One Stop” destination for lighting design, engineering, landscape lighting services and installation in the state of Texas, and remains unrivaled by any lighting firm in the United States for lighting that is art. As homes grow larger and needs become more complex, having a single resource provides home owners with peace of mind. This translates into a smoother process, reduced costs and a better product.
We are located in Houston Texas but provide lighting and house lighting plans in Austin TX, El Paso Texas, San Antonio TX, College Station Texas, Beaumont TX, Dallas Texas, Midland Tx and points beyond.
Like fine wine, Illuminations has matured and become a classic for those clients with a discriminating palate for comfort, mood and ambiance. We can be reached locally at 713-863-1133. You can also follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz and Twitter.