Daniel C. Perry, Manager Shading/Lighting Systems & Controls

Daniel C. Perry, Manager Shading/Lighting Systems & Controls.

Connecticut Lighting Centers announces the hiring of Daniel Perry to head up their new motorized window treatment and lighting controls division. Mr. Perry brings over forty years of experience and certification with many of the top companies in the field including Lutron, Hunter Douglas, Macho Shade Systems, Draper and Somfy. He is also certified in low voltage lighting controls for residential and commercial applications.

“As this division has seen incredible growth we needed a  manager with his experience to focus on this channel,” says David Director, President. “Dan Perry is an expert who understands the technical issues and can help our team deliver the best solutions for our residential and commercial customers.”

Mr. Perry recently worked in Manhattan providing window treatments and lighting controls for clients in New York City. Previously he had been a window treatment consultant and installer for several major retailers in New England before he joined Lutron in the motorized shades sales division, where his primary duties were troubleshooting shade installations and lighting control systems.

“With the emergence of LED Lighting and wireless technologies, we are getting more and more projects that require this level of expertise,” reports Director. “We are excited to have Dan on board at Connecticut Lighting Centers and Restoration Lighting Gallery.”

For more information about Connecticut Lighting Centers’ division, contact Dave Director at 860-249-7631 or at ddirector@ctlighting.com.

About Connecticut Lighting Centers:
Connecticut Lighting Centers is a local, family owned company that was established in 1972 in Hartford, CT by the Director family, along with a staff of six employees. Today, Connecticut Lighting Centers has the largest selection of lighting, fans, decorative hardware and home accents in New England. They have three showrooms in Hartford and Southington, including Restoration Lighting Gallery, which is located across the street from their Harford location, and is a premier vintage, antique, and period reproduction lighting source that offers restoration and repair services. Their team is comprised of a group of experienced lighting and home decor professionals who offer specialized lighting design services for customers, builders, remodelers and architects. For more information, visit www.CTLighting.com, www.myrlg.com and follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

 

David Director, Jim Meltzer and todd Director.

(l-r): David Director, Jim Meltzer and todd Director.

Lutron Electronics, a leading manufacturer of energy-saving, wireless lighting controls and motorized shades, has announced Connecticut Lighting Centers as a double winner of its 2014    5-Star Lighting Showroom Awards.

The awards, announced January 15 at the 2015 International Lighting Market in Dallas, Texas, honor showrooms that provide an immersive experience for customers to see and feel Lutron products. To be considered a 5-star Lutron showroom, business must display an exceptional level of proficiency in six Lutron product categories.

Connecticut Lighting Centers took home two of the six 2014 5-Star Showroom category awards: Home Systems Project of the Year, and Shades Project of the Year. And, Connecticut Lighting Centers was the only showroom to win more than one category.

The awards were a result of projects worked on by Jim Meltzer, Outside Sales Manager, who has over 40 years of experience in the lighting industry and his specialties include Whole-Home Lighting Controls, Landscape Lighting and Custom Lighting Design.
“We are very proud of Jim. His efforts have earned Connecticut Lighting Centers two prestigious awards by Lutron. His passion and knowledge for Lighting Controls is an extremely valuable asset,” said David Director, President and Owner of Connecticut Lighting Centers.

Connecticut Lighting Centers feels the market is poised for major transformation in these categories and has recently hired Dan Perry, a 40 year veteran to head up their new motorized window treatment and lighting controls division.

Lutron Award 2014_Close Up

Connecticut Lighting Centers took home two of the six 2014 5-Star Showroom category awards: Home Systems Project of the Year, and Shades Project of the Year.

Added David Weinstein, Vice President, Residential Sales at Lutron, “Our 5-star showrooms demonstrate the highest level of support and commitment to The Lutron Brand and our innovative offering of fashion centric lighting control and shading solutions. These showrooms are dedicated to expanding the market for Lutron’s products. Each showroom is individually qualified and promoted as a Lutron Experience Destination throughout the U.S. and Canada.”

For more information about Connecticut Lighting Centers’ division, contact Dave Director at 860-249-7631 or at ddirector@ctlighting.com.

About Connecticut Lighting Centers
Connecticut Lighting Centers is a local, family owned company that was established in 1972 in Hartford, CT by the Director family, along with a staff of six employees. Today, Connecticut Lighting Centers has the largest selection of lighting, fans, decorative hardware and home accents in New England. They have three showrooms in Hartford and Southington, including Restoration Lighting Gallery, which is located across the street from their Harford location, and is a premier vintage, antique, and period reproduction lighting source that offers restoration and repair services. Their team is comprised of a group of experienced lighting and home decor professionals who offer specialized lighting design services for customers, builders, remodelers and architects. For more information, visit www.CTLighting.com, www.myrlg.com and follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

Connecticut Lighting Centers is proud to be a participating vendor of the 2013 Project Home. Project Home is a partnership between FOX CT, Lovely Development and the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Hatford that built a home from the ground up.

Connecticut Lighting Centers provided all the lighting and ceiling fans for the home. Lighting fixtures included a foyer fifteen-light chandelier, kitchen pendants, bathroom vanity lights and flush mounts, a bedroom ceiling fan, a dining room pendant and chandelier, numerous trend setting table lamps, outdoor lanterns and much more.

The finished home was open to the public for tours in May. Net proceeds from the sale of the home will benefit member programs and services of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Hartford. Proceeds from the home tours will benefit Camp Courant, a free summer program for Hartford area children that helps them develop positive relationships, learn and have fun.

Project Home - Foyer Chandelier.

Project Home – Foyer Chandelier.

Project Home - Kitchen Pendant & Recessed Lighting

Project Home – Kitchen Pendants.

Project Home - Ceiling Fan & Table Lamp

Project Home – Ceiling Fan & Table Lamp.

Project Home - Dining Room Chandelier

Project Home – Dining Room Chandelier.

Project Home - Bathroom Vanity Lights & Flush Mount

Project Home – Bathroom Vanity Lights & Flush Mount.

Project Home - Outdoor Lantern

Project Home – Outdoor Lantern.

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old radioDavid Director, President and Owner of Connecticut Lighting Centers, speaks with Ray Dunaway on WTIC New Talk 1080 radio about how Connecticut Lighting Centers is a one stop shopping experience.  Connecticut Lighting Centers is not only your source for Lighting, Fans, Decorative Hardware and Home Accents, but so much more! From lamp shades, lighting controls, LEDs and bulbs, mirrors, clocks, wall art, wine holders, unique gifts, door chimes, mail boxes to so much more-the choices are endless! Listen to the full WTIC News Talk 1080 radio interview with Ray Dunaway here>>.

 

 

Curious? Come visit our showrooms in Hartford and Southington.

At the 2013 Dallas International Lighting Market, Connecticut Lighting Centers won the 2012 HomeWorks Job of the Year Award from Lutron. This prestigious annual award is chosen from entries all across North America.

Jim Meltzer, Outside Sales Manager, was responsible for designing a whole-home lighting control system for an exclusive 18,000 square foot home using the Lutron HomeWorks QS system. HomeWorks QS is a sophisticated system that offers peace of mind with state of the art whole-home controls that are easy to use, have energy saving benefits and easily integrates with third party systems.

The Award-Winning HomeWorks QS Project Included: 

Lutron Award - 2013  Job of the Year

2013 Job of the Year Award From Lutron. 

  • 233 zones that are controlled by Remote Power Modules, Hybrid Keypads, wireless switches, wireless dimmers and even a control for holiday decorations.
  • 43 keypads, three table top controls and a garage entry system.
  • 29 countdown timers in the closets and mechanical rooms.
  • A variety of motorized shades including roller shades and venetian blinds for windows and entries for privacy and sun remediation.

The HomeWorks QS system in this home is still growing with requests for added controls. The latest request is to integrate a Pentair pool system that can be controlled by the Lutron HomeWorks QS system.

 

Lutron House Award - Motorized Shades

Family room featuring hidden motorized window treatments by Lutron. Click image to enlarge.

Lutron Award House

Dining room LED cove lighting, LED recessed lights & chandelier-all controlled with a touch of a button. Click image to enlarge.

Dining room  LED cove lighting, Led recessed lights and a chandelier all controlled with a touch of a button.

Dining room LED cove lighting, Led recessed lights and a chandelier all controlled with a touch of a button. Click image to enlarge.

Lutron Award House

Great room with 2-zones of LED recessed & 5-hidden zones of liniar LED from coves to built-ins. 2-keypads provide 12 different scenes of lighting. Click image to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The monumental task of programming 288 buttons, the garage entry, and all of the time clock programs ended up being great fun. Seeing the homeowners reaction to how this system works reminds me of taking a kid to Disney for the first time,” said Jim.

Jim has over 40 years of experience in the lighting industry and his specialties include Whole-Home Lighting Controls, Landscape Lighting and Custom Lighting Design.

“We are very proud of Jim. His efforts have earned Connecticut Lighting Centers two prestigious awards including the 2011 Five-Star Showroom of the Year by Lutron. His passion and knowledge for Lighting Controls is an extremely valuable asset,” said David Director, President and Owner of Connecticut Lighting Centers.

Want to learn more about Whole-Home Lighting Controls and shades for your home or business? Visit our showrooms and see these systems in action with our Interactive Lutron display. Our lighting experts can explain how they work, how to install and which option is best for you.

By Nicole Bowling, Residential Lighting Magazine

From leading the business his father founded 40 years ago to treating his employees with compassion – and vendors with tough love – this year’s Residential Lighting Industry Leadership Award winner David Director of Connecticut Lighting Centers represents a true legacy.

 

David Director Wins Residential Lighting Award

Residential Lighting Publisher/Editorial Director Laura Van Zeyl presented the 2012 Industry Leadership Award to David Director at September’s ALA Conference.

Like many people in the lighting industry, David Director literally grew up in the business. In high school, he started working at his father’s showroom, Connecticut Lighting Centers, sweeping the floors and working in the warehouse. Fast-forward 30-something years and Director is owner and President of the company, which now has two locations plus an offshoot, Restoration Lighting Gallery. He’s an active member of the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) and many other non-lighting related nonprofits, a father of three, and a respected and well-known businessman.

And, although he’s made some moves since his warehouse days, he still has a passion for lighting. “In college, I would drive to the store and work there on the weekends and can quite honestly say that I loved what I was doing,” Director says. “And I still love what I do today.”

An Industry Family

The Director Family

(From left) Connecticut Lighting Centers Lighting Consultant Todd Director, David Director, founder Art Director and Brett Director, a freshman at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, at an employee barbeque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director’s father, Art, started Connecticut Lighting Centers in 1972. David’s late mother, Edythe, also worked in the store after leaving her job as a teacher’s aide and brought decorative accessories, table lamps and floor lamps to its inventory.

Because his father was “old school,” Director was involved in all aspects of the business. Although he says he briefly considered a career as a gym teacher before realizing it wouldn’t be a fruitful path, Director started full-time at the showroom in 1981 as a salesman on the showroom floor, then ventured out as an Outside Sales Manager, then came back to the store as Sales Manager. In 1994, Art officially retired and David became President.

“I’m really fortunate,” Director says. “I had a father who left me a business that was debt-free. He never cared about how big we were, but instead, how profitable we were. As my father developed my business acumen over the years, it was always about the bottom line — and, equally as important as the bottom line, our people. You have to integrate the two.”

This standard — to take care of your staff — still reigns supreme today. The 94 employees at Connecticut Lighting Centers and Restoration Lighting Gallery are provided with health insurance and a 401k plan, and even during the recent economic downturn, they didn’t endure any pay cuts or layoffs.

“My people need me more when times are tough than when times are good,” Director says. “So for me, it was even more important to stand behind them and do whatever I could do to support them so that when things come back, the feeling is mutual.”

The Director Family

David Director standing with his father Art Director. Sitting is Director’s mother, the late Edythe Director.

Connecticut Lighting Centers Vice President and General Manager Neil Fleisher says this is one of the reasons why he likes going to work everyday. “I admire that David is always looking out for the well-being of his employees, which he refers to as his ‘extended family,’” Fleisher says. “He has built an organization where you don’t feel like your job is in jeopardy.”

Director has shaped his business into a successful organization and mainstay in Hartford, CT, while also making his own mark on the lighting industry. He’s acquired many friends through his work and they speak highly of him, as a businessman and a friend.

Longtime buddies Jack Fleischer, owner of Hermitage Lighting, and Dean Gottesman, Executive Vice President at Shanor/Royalite Lighting Centers — both cultivated from their own family businesses — have known Director for nearly 30 years. They commend his savvy and work ethic.

“David is a very astute businessman who takes advantage of every opportunity,” Fleischer says.

“He’s a very dynamic person,” says Gottesman. “When he gets involved in something, he goes in full force.”

This proves to be true in and out of business. Described as a workaholic, Director, a Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC®), regularly works 18-hour days, six days a week. He serves on the board of Liberty Bank and several nonprofit boards including the Rushford Center, Middlesex United Way, Connecticut Retail Merchants Assn., Quinnipiac University Business School Advisory Board and the Middlesex County Community Foundation. He organizes two charity golf tournaments and tries never to miss any of his childrens’ athletic games.

“There’s more than just the business, and that’s why I work as many hours as I do. To me, giving back to the community is really important — it’s on the top of my list,” Director says.

Director credits his wife, Carol, with making his success possible. “She’s put up with me working seven days a week for almost 20 years, on top of all the boards and other activities I’m involved in. She’s been incredibly supportive through it all.”

Getting Things Done

Director is the first to admit that sometimes he can be tough to deal with. “But, it is what it is,” he says matter-of-factly. “I’m that way because my employees are number one.”

Quoizel President Rick Seidman agrees. “David can be very critical at times,” Seidman says. “If you don’t know him well, you might take it the wrong way. But I know he’s that way because he wants to take everything to the next level and better his business. Honestly, I wish I had 100 David Directors who would get on the phone and tell me when something is not right.”

Fortunately, Director’s industry involvement and knowledge help to make his opinion one worth listening to. He’s been an ALA member since the start of his career and, since 2001, has been involved in more than 15 ALA committees, panels and groups, most recently the Membership Campaign Committee, which had recruited 121 new members this year as of September’s ALA Conference.

“David always has been a supporter of ALA’s numerous programs over the many years that I have known him,” says Dick Upton, President/CEO of ALA. “Whether he is asked to actively recruit new members for ALA or help us grow the consumer outreach effort of the BiNational Advertising and PR Program, David always steps up to the plate.”

Executive Sales Team (from left): Mark Okun, General Manager of Restoration Lighting Gallery in Hartford, CT; Neil Fleisher, Vice President of Connecticut Lighting Centers; David Director, President & Owner of Connecticut Lighting Centers; and Tim Dillon, Store Manager of Connecticut Lighting Centers branch showroom in Southington, CT.

In fact, Director’s readiness to work on behalf of the greater industry good is a key reason he was nominated for this year’s Industry Leadership Award. Art Langlais of the Langlais Group nominated Director, citing his recent successful efforts to get a favorable rebate for independent lighting retailers in the entire state of Connecticut — even Director’s own competition.

“He did this for the benefit of the Connecticut lighting industry and paid 100 percent of the costs from his own pocket,” Langlais wrote in his nomination. “I doubt his competitors have any idea what he did for them. He is truly a supporter of the lighting industry, not just of his own success.”

With Connecticut Lighting Centers celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Director is building on a solid foundation as he looks to the future. He sees the business expanding, introducing different product groups into his stores. A good example of that is the new hardware business that just opened in September as part of Connecticut Lighting Centers. He’s also bringing in the next generation to his family business; his older son, Todd, began working for him full-time two years ago.

“Retail is a difficult industry, which makes it fun for me,” Director says. “It’s also very dynamic, which can make it exciting, but I didn’t really think too much about that. The challenge of the tough industry keeps me going.”

Regardless of the success of his business, however, Director said he hopes he’s remembered for what he’s given back. “I always tell my kids: There’s only one thing people remember — your name and what kind of person you were. That’s really what it’s all about. If you can use your business to help your employees, make a decent living, but most importantly give back, that’s what it’s all about.”

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