Lightswitch Announces Major Milestone: It Has Turned 20

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Global lighting design consortium celebrates two decades of design excellence.

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We are very passionate about what we do and relentless in our pursuit of excellence. We share a vision of what’s important and necessary for our clients and for the company

Lightswitch, a global lighting design firm with offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and San Francisco, is proud to announce that this month marks its twentieth anniversary. For the past two decades, Lightswitch has channeled its passion for great design into innovative lighting and media for events and environments around the world.

"We all started out by running away to ‘join the circus’ in one way or another, and it is this independent spirit and what it allows us to achieve that is the core of our individual and collective personae," says founder and principal John Featherstone. "We are all very passionate about what we do and relentless in our pursuit of excellence. The common ground between our team isn’t just creative or aesthetic, but also a shared vision of what’s important and necessary for our clients and for the company."

Founded in 1993 with offices in San Francisco and Chicago, the firm quickly expanded to include locations in Los Angeles, New York and Orlando. In 2007, it opened an architectural lighting division, Lightswitch Architectural, and recently expanded its reach to Asia with the launch of a new Hong Kong office in 2012. The Lightswitch team now comprises more than 40 dedicated designers and support staff in six full-service offices.

Along the way, Lightswitch has been privileged to work with some of the world’s leading performers and Fortune 100 companies, ranging from charter clients like Apple and Nintendo to newcomers like up-and-coming band Imagine Dragons. Its collaborations have produced award-winning designs, including the IES Illumination Award-winning City of Dreams casino in Macau and the Spaceship Two rollout for Virgin Galactic.

"At its best, our work is a collaborative process. The diversity of our people and projects keeps fresh ideas and new design approaches percolating. Collaboration with others, whether it’s our clients, our team, or our vendor partners is the thing that makes this so exciting, and even possible," says founder and principal Norm Schwab.

For more information on Lightswitch's history, process and projects, please visit

About Lightswitch:

Lightswitch is a lighting and media design consortium committed to the continuing pursuit of excellence in all aspects of the visual design process. We are dedicated to designing immersive, exciting, inclusive and dynamic live events and compelling environments for today's demanding audiences. From its offices in New York, Orlando, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hong Kong, Lightswitch provides full-service design to an ever-expanding group of clients in a broad range of market segments. For more information visit

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