Kim Lighting Celebrates 80th Anniversary
June 23, 2014 - 3:22pm
The Hubbell Lighting brand was founded by an illuminating engineer who spent his early career studying magic.

Hubbell Lighting's Kim Lighting brand is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Founded in 1934 by F.B. Nightingale, Kim Lighting is a designer and manufacturer of high-performance outdoor architectural and landscape lighting products.

Born on December 26, 1885, F.B. Nightingale spent his early career studying magic, but when silent films began drawing crowds away from live performances, he was forced to change professions. After several years with GE’s International Division, Nightingale returned to Los Angeles as an illuminating engineer. In a lighting studio he built in Altadena, CA, he would demonstrate how lighting could enhance gardens, fountains and the outdoor environment. In response to the positive feedback from his eye for lighting design, Nightingale founded Kim Mfg. Co. in 1934.

From day one, F.B. Nightingale established a culture of innovation and uncompromising quality that is still at the core of the company today. The founder fathered and introduced many of the landscape lighting techniques still in use today including: moonlighting, birdhouse fixtures and in-grade up lighting. The company was also the first to come out with the conventional shoebox, in the form of the EKG, almost three decades ago.

You can learn more about the history of the company or current product offerings by visiting its website:

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