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80 years since wanna-be magician founds Kim Lighting


June 16, 2014
By Anthony Capkun

June 16, 2014 – This year marks the 80th anniversary of Hubbell Lighting brand Kim Lighting. Founded in 1934 by F.B. Nightingale, Kim designs and manufactures outdoor architectural and landscape lighting products. Congratulations!

Here’s some interesting history: 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, Calif., he would demonstrate how lighting could enhance gardens, fountains and the outdoor environment. In response to the positive feedback, Nightingale founded Kim Mfg. Company in 1934.

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