Cooledge Lighting has launched new commercial offices in Waltham, Mass., U.S., putting the company closer to a major concentration of architectural and design firms and related decision makers, and providing access to key talent and resources within the locally established solid-state lighting cluster. The new space will house sales, product management, and marketing functions, while R&D, engineering, and manufacturing operations will remain at the company’s headquarters in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
The newly established East Coast presence is the latest in a series of corporate advances intended to complete the company’s transition from fast-growth startup to leader of an industry-merging category— luminous surfaces—which makes illumination integral to architecture. These integrated surfaces are increasingly being specified for projects all over the world, and closer proximity to the large design centers of the eastern U.S. and Europe will help Cooledge accelerate the pace of adoption.
“Cooledge is exploiting the advantages of LEDs above and beyond simply stuffing them into antiquated form factors—instead delivering flexible, customizable luminous surfaces that change the way we use and experience light,” says CEO William J. Sims. “As a long-time hub for solid-state lighting and related startups, Boston is an ideal location to take our next major strides towards reinventing the industry. We believe that luminous surfaces will transform the design-build process as we know it, and we have the vision and agility to make it happen.”
Cooledge initiated operations in its Waltham office in October and currently employs 15 staff with plans to expand. The office will also feature a showroom to demonstrate applications of its award-winning luminous surface offerings.