More than 40 years ago, NASA was interested in developing a solar simulator for the space program to simulate sunlight outside the filtering of the atmosphere. A group of engineers set up a laboratory in Fairfield, NJ, and designed a product that generated 25 million candlepower of light. The technology developed during this research was subsequently used to design and develop a handheld unit that produced one million candlepower and that was sold to the military and law enforcement market sectors.
Upon completion of the NASA project and perfection of the miniaturized one million candlepower design, a private investor from the Philadelphia area moved the company to King of Prussia, PA and, in 1973, created the company that today is known as Streamlight, Inc. The research and development begun in New Jersey was greatly expanded, and in 1977, the company moved its headquarters and production facilities to Norristown, PA. Steady growth and a continually expanding product line led the company to move once more, in November 2001, to its current headquarters in Eagleville, PA. In 2008, an additional 75,000 square feet of space was added in response to growing demand for Streamlight products, bringing the company’s total plant size to 165,000 square feet.
An ISO 9001:2008 certified company, today Streamlight designs, manufactures and markets high-performance lighting, weapon light/laser sighting devices and scene lighting solutions for professional law enforcement, military, firefighting, industrial, automotive and outdoor applications. With over 150 U.S. patents, and over 100 U.S. and Foreign Trademarks, the company is a pioneer in the development of rechargeable lights and helped to revolutionize LED lighting.
Streamlight helped spearhead the development of a uniform rating system for flashlight products called the ANSI (American National Standards Institute)/ NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) FL-1 Standard, designed to help customers rate and compare the most important features of personal lighting tools.
Streamlight is a proud supporter of a variety of charitable organizations. It is a major sponsor of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), as well as the National Fallen Firefighters® (NFFF), both of which commemorate the lives of fallen first responders, and support their families and co-workers. The company also supports charitable organizations through its “Lights for a Cause” flashlight series. The program consists of a line of specialty key chain and other lights, from which sales proceeds are donated to charitable causes. Beginning with “pink” lights to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s in finding a cure for breast cancer, the program has expanded to include lights for C.O.P.S. and NFFF.
Streamlight products are sold throughout the U.S. and in over 40 countries worldwide. For additional information, please call Streamlight at 1-800-523-7488.
Melissa M. Nichols
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