The Lutron story began in the late 1950’s with a physicist named Joel Spira, who was fascinated by the aesthetic manipulation of light, and thus set out to design a solid-state device that would enable people to vary the amplitude of the lights in their homes.
Lutron was incorporated in 1961 by Joel and his wife Ruth once they realized that lighting control would contribute to society in various ways. Dimmers were elegant, useful and very practical too. They allowed people to control their lights as never before, and they saved energy. With energy costs on the rise, the Spiras believed that the energy-saving aspects of this new invention would ensure the long-term appeal of lighting controls. A privately held company, Lutron is headquartered in Coopersburg, PA, just north of Philadelphia, and has sales and service offices are located worldwide.
Lutron products range from individual dimmers to total light management systems that control complex networks in commercial applications. Some of the larger Lutron lighting management systems in the United States include the 52-story New York Times Building in New York, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. On the residential side, such lighting controls are installed everywhere from single-room apartments to large, upscale homes, even including the White House and Windsor Castle. If you want to control light, Lutron ‘wrote the book’ on the subject!