Q-Tran, Inc. Response to October 27, 2017 Article Published in CEPro

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Q-Tran, Inc. strongly supports the lighting design community.

On October 27, 2017 Jason Knott authored the following article in which he misrepresented Q-Tran, Inc's (http://www.q-tran.com) intent to engage with Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA).


The article opens with, "Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) plans to disrupt 'convoluted and almost crooked’ lighting design and fixture business; buying group picks up Ketra, Q-Tran, Lightology, DMF Lighting." This statement quoting Tom Doherty, expressing that our industry is 'convoluted and almost crooked' is offensive to Q-Tran, and to the entire industry we support.

Further in the article it is stated that, "These lines have agreed to adjust their normal operating processes to better meet the needs of HTSA members."

Q-Tran is dedicated to supporting our customers and integrators, with the goal of assuring that our products are properly specified, purchased and installed, while exceeding the clients' expectations. Q-Tran respects the AV Integration market and the purchasing channels however we are reevaluating our relationship with HTSA.

Taking more shots at the lighting industry, this time at lighting designers; Mr. Knott writes, "Doherty noted that integrators can quickly become experts in lighting fixture selection in the eyes of clients by citing the multiple decisions that must be made in order to properly spec a fixture, including:

  •     Color Rendering Index (CRI)
  •     Color corrulated temperature (CCT)
  •     Dimming driver options (Triac, 0-10V, ecobus, 2-wire, Dali, DMX)
  •     Lighting spread (narrow vs. wide)
  •     Wall wash
  •     Wet location vs. dry location
  •     IC rating (whether or not insulation can touch the housing in the ceiling).

Since the founding of the company in 1993 by lighting designer John Tremaine, Q-Tran has strongly supported the lighting design community. Experts in lighting spend years not only in academia (graduate and post-graduate) but also professional training under the guidance of experienced Principal and Senior Designers. To imply that one can become an expert with a couple of training sessions and a few key words is a gross understatement of what the Lighting Designer does and the knowledge required to achieve quality results.

In closing – To our design community, our representation firms, distributors and electrical contractors; business is "as usual" and Q-Tran will continue to provide the highest quality support and our processes will not be changing as implied by this article. To the AV market and integrators; Q-Tran has wonderful support systems and processes to help with all your product needs. If a qualified lighting designer is needed the IALD.org website is a great resource for everything from one designer operations up to 100 plus designers with global reach.

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