Technology – Lighting
WAC Lighting Leads the Way with Philanthropy and Innovation
new Oculux LED recessed downlighting goes from dim to warm like an incandescent bulb
BY STEPHANIE CASIMIRO
WAC LIGHTING has a wonderful reputation for driving innovation in the lighting industry. Their history spans 35 years, and over that time they have received accolades for new product design and are today a formidable player in the LED lighting community. I want to share with you my thoughts on their new LED recessed downlighting product called Oculux. But first, I feel compelled to talk about how WAC Lighting is doing well by doing good. This second-generation family-owned business is not only an innovator for responsible lighting, but they are also striving to make the world a better place.
the family behind the product
More than 35 years ago, Tony and Tai Wang came to the United States with their one-year-old daughter Shelley. And they prospered. In 1984 they set their sights on the lighting industry and established WAC Lighting. Daughter Shelley Wald currently serves as President while son Thomas is the Brand Ambassador. WAC Lighting has evolved into a global company with vertically integrated design, engineering, and production operation.
Giving back to the community is a cornerstone element of this company. The Wang family have won numerous awards from the various non-profits they support, as well as for their business. Tony was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, one of many acknowledgments he has received throughout his career.
While a lot of lighting fixture manufacturers outsource many of the design and assembly aspects of their businesses, WAC Lighting has chosen to build from within. Dating back to the early 2000s, they have been over 90 percent self-sourced across the board as a vertically integrated operation. From R & D to the fabrication of even the smallest components within their luminaires, WAC Lighting exerts unparalleled quality control throughout its product line-up.
Additionally, WAC Lighting’s corporate philosophy encompasses care for the environment, world issues and the well-being of their employees. Their manufacturing facility in China helps improve the health of its employees. The factory compound has open green spaces, sports facilities, and a strong retention rate compared to other manufacturing facilities.
As if their corporate social responsibility is not impressive enough, WAC Lighting is also leading the way in the field of LED recessed downlighting products. The Oculux is a recessed downlight fixture that has the capability for dim-to-warm lighting that mimics the characteristics of an incandescent bulb. In other words, what the consumers know is that as the light dims the room transitions to a warmer, more natural setting. This is the setting that we have all grown up with. The Oculux provides this along with other benefits of LED technology, including long life and energy efficiency.
The Oculux is available with a 0° – 35° adjustability, as well as offered in round and square open reflector assemblies. They offer a 2-inch model and a 3.5-inch model with multiple finish options. Dim-to-warm color temperature range is 3,000K – 1,800K. The Oculux dims with most standard wall dimming protocols and the color temperature dimming curve is already preprogramed for plug and play use, for easy installation.
A business partner you want to be doing business with.
In a world of fast-paced industry – especially the hectic world of lighting – I find it refreshing to write about companies that take care of their people and give back to the community. Finding one that is also a leader in the industry makes the story even more compelling as far as I am concerned. WAC Lighting – a vertically integrated manufacturing giant with best-in-class products that emphasize quality control and social responsibility. A business partner you want to be doing business with.