Thomas Research Products

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Thomas Research Products
Industry Lighting
Founded 1997 (1997)
Headquarters Elgin, IL, USA
Parent Hubbell Lighting Inc.

Thomas Research Products is a lighting manufacturer that is wholly owned by Hubbell Lighting Inc.[1] Based in Elgin, Illinois, the company designs, manufacturers and supplies energy-saving electronic lighting components and integrated light engine modules for luminaires.[2]

Company Profile[edit]

Thomas Research Products was founded in 1997 as a manufacturer of quartz restrike controls which sense when a high intensity discharge light is extinguished, and automatically light a standby secondary light source[3] in commercial and industrial lighting.[4]

Over time, the company expanded its product line to include additional electronic controls for both HID[5] and fluorescent lighting.[6] The company also added LED power supplies, known as drivers, and accessories.[7]

In 2012, the company began to develop LED light engines, beginning with the introduction of a complete module that provided an energy efficiency rating exceeding 100 lumens per watt.[8] The following year, the company entered the AC LED market with light engine modules that do not require LED drivers. In 2014, the company moved to a larger facility in Elgin, IL with larger manufacturing, warehouse, engineering and office space.

Company History[edit]

  • 1997 - Thomas Research Products founded as a manufacturer of quartz restrike controls for HID lamps.[4]
  • 1998 - Expands product line to include additional HID and fluorescent controls.[5]
  • 2000 - Thomas Research Products becomes part of the newly formed Varon Lighting Group.[9]
  • 2007 - Adds LED, fluorescent, HID and induction surge protectors to product line.[6]
  • 2008 - The company's contact voltage detection switch wins 2008 LFI Innovation Award.[10]
  • 2008 - Thomas Research Products adds LED drivers to its product line.[4]
  • 2008 - The Varon Lighting Group acquired by Hubbell Lighting Inc., Thomas Research Products continues to operate independently.[1]
  • 2010 - Continued expansion of LED driver product line.[4]
  • 2012 - Introduced step-dimming modules for LED luminaires.[11] LED Core™ Light Engine Module Exceeds 100 lumens per watt efficiency.[8]
  • 2013 - Developed more advanced surge protectors for outdoor luminaires.[12]
  • 2014 - The company moved to Elgin, IL. Introduced complete line of standard DC-based light engines [13]


  1. ^ a b "Hubbell Acquires Varon Lighting Group". Bloomberg. December 19, 2008. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "New LED Driver 3D Models from Thomas Research Products". LEDs Magazine. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Fetters, John L. (September 1998). "Minimize HID Lighting System Downtime". Electrical Construction and Maintenance. 
  4. ^ a b c d "About Thomas Research Products". Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Lamp Re-Igniters ensure rapid cold start and hot restart.". News. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "New 20kA Surge Protector from Thomas Research Products". ElectricSmarts Network. January 26, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "LED light engines offer turnkey solution". Hearst Electronic Products. Hearst Business Communications, Inc. June 4, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Thomas Research Products' LED Core integrated light engine module hits 100 lm/W". LEDs Magazine. September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Company Overview of Varon Lighting Group, LLC". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ "2008 LFI Innovation Awards". Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ "LED Step-Dimming Module Family". Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Superior Surge Protector". Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ "New DC Light Engines". Retrieved August 12, 2014. 

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