Edison Price, our founder
Edison Price Lighting was founded in 1952 by Edison Price (1918 - 1997), whose signature unobtrusive, low-glare fixtures -- including recessed fixtures with spun aluminum reflectors, continuous lighting track, and wall grazing systems – helped define the modern lighting industry.
Named after Thomas Edison, Price’s first name foretold of his own revolutionary contributions to the art of lighting. Price grew up working for his family’s theatrical lighting business, Display Stage Lighting Company. His passion, however, lay in architectural lighting. Price began as a lighting designer; he became a manufacturer, founding Edison Price Lighting in 1952, to provide the tools needed to realize his lighting vision.
Price’s design process, according to the renowned lighting designer Claude Engle, began with first questioning “what lighting the architectural design called for, and [then] develop[ing] fixtures that achieved those goals."
Regardless of the fixture’s application, Price’s principal goal was simplicity. Price consummately perfected his designs so that nothing was wasted: time was saved by snap-in installation and one-handed relamping; light was saved by the use of efficient, seamless reflectors. Price’s dedication to simplicity is apparent in the fixture’s elegant, uniform aesthetics, which helps them blend into, rather than distract from, the surrounding architecture.
Price’s modernist aesthetic, expert control of light, and quality craftsmanship were lauded by the most distinguished architects of the time, including Louis Kahn, I.M. Pei, Philips Johnson, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Buckminster Fuller, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Gunnar Birkerts, and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. His fixtures are featured in famed buildings, including the A.T.&T. Building (NY, NY), Grand Louvre Le Pyramid (Paris, France), Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute (Utica, NY), Museum of Modern Art (NY, NY), Pennzoil Place (Houston, TX), and 1967 World Fair’s United States Pavilion (Queens, NY),
Known as the lighting consultant’s lighting consultant, Price worked closely with Claude Engle, Don Bliss, Douglas Baker, and countless others notable lighting designers. Chief among these was Richard Kelley, with whom Price lit such prestigious buildings as Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, TX), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Seagrams Building and Four Seasons Restaurant (NY, NY), Philip Johnson’s Lincoln Center New York State Theater (NY, NY). After a career of collaboration, Kelly attested that, “the subtlety with which [Price] can control the handling of electric light is simply superb.”
Price was awarded the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Richard Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award, and the AIA Medal by the American Institute of Architects, recognizing his as “one who has brightened more excellent architecture than anyone else in history.”
Price’s daughter, Emma Price, now owns and operates Edison Price Lighting. Edison Price Lighting upholds Price's legacy by continuing to design and manufacture products that optimize his goals of optical precision, glare control, efficiency and durability.