Residential Lighting Designer, Inventor, Electrical Contractor, 30+ Years Experience
Tom Kretzschmar has dedicated the better part of his life to the art and science of lighting. As owner of multiple companies in the lighting sector, he has studied art, architecture, design, and electrical wiring throughout his career. His multidisciplinary skill set has enabled him to master the complex nuances of interior lighting, exterior lighting, advanced landscape lighting, and commercial lighting systems.
Tom founded his first company over thirty years ago. Back then, most lighting companies were niche market services, providing services such as fine art lighting. Tom had a vision of combining these services with the scientific practicalities of sound home wiring design. This would enable the private art collector to enjoy museum quality fine art lighting in the privacy of his or her own home.
Over the years, new services were added to Tom’s repertoire. As a firm believer in an integrated home lighting experience, his services expanded to include full exterior lighting designs, exterior home lighting, and landscape lighting. The intent was to create a fully illuminated property where the beauty of the home, each interior room, each piece of fine art, and every custom furnishing were fully magnified by complex layers of interrelated light that made the very lifestyle of the homeowner come to life in the air.
Many of these designs were so ambitious that they required new types of lighting fixtures to create. Engineering teams, under Tom’s visionary leadership, developed new types of equipment for the impeccable display of art, sculpture, fine photography, libraries, displays, and vaulted ceiling coves. Tom currently holds three patents for various lighting fixtures that are sold worldwide to lighting design companies, electrical contractors, and online vendors of advanced lighting equipment.
Commercial lighting services are preeminent in Tom’s curriculum vitae. Recognizing the need for businesses to buffer their profits against rising overhead costs, Tom invested in other corporate ventures that offered the discriminating business owner the power of choice when it comes to lighting commercial properties. Energy saving lamps, along with new technologies in fluorescent and now LED lights, allow businesses to dramatically reduce the cost of operations. These technologies also help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and add momentum to their green initiatives in a marketplace that is becoming increasingly environmentally conscious.
Tom also spearheads a team of design experts who render advanced photometric calculations for commercial entities far in advance of actual point of purchase. Options are clearly spelled out for clients, letting them see exactly what they can expect from the equipment they are exploring. Alternatives are also discussed, with calculated return on investment always preeminent in client dialogues. Companies doing business with Tom can count on getting the best of what they pay for, and they can count on getting paid back by their investment in the best.
Through all of this, Tom has made it a point to clearly communicate the value of his advanced lighting systems in simple, laymen’s terms. Consulting with leading experts in writing, content management, and video production, he has made it a point to reach out to keep his client base informed of new technologies, energy saving retrofits, and lighting controls that make it increasingly easier for homeowners and businesses to have one-touch control of their advanced lighting systems.