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  • Oct 29, 2020

Meet the Team: Tom Barnes

Do you know the difference between a jib and a spinnaker?  Or where to locate Port and Starboard? You can turn to A.L.P.’s sailing expert, Tom Barnes, for the answer to these puzzling questions and more.  When he is not working as Vice President and Business Manager for A.L.P.’s LexaLite® brand, you can find Tom competing in (and often winning) races with the Charlevoix Yacht Club.  In addition to sailing, Tom and his wife, Pam, enjoy all that scenic Northern Michigan offers, from golf to hiking and skiing.  They are the proud parents of two daughters, Lexie and Abbey.

Tom’s other passion?  Plastics!  He studied plastics engineering at Ferris State University before joining LexaLite, the company founded by his father, Josh Barnes.  Over the years, he held positions in sales, management, operations, and strategic development before joining A.L.P. when LexaLite was acquired in 2007.

In his current role with A.L.P., he is responsible for defining and promoting the plastic optical product line, ensuring profitability by managing product development, production, pricing, and related functions.


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  • Sep 17, 2020

Press Release: A.L.P. Introduces the Rayder™, a Modern, High-Performance Prismatic Post-Top Sphere

(Niles, IL) -A.L.P. Lighting Components, a leading global manufacturer of lighting components and kits, has added the Rayder™ post-top prismatic sphere to its 400 Series injection molded optics for outdoor lighting.   The Rayder is designed to deliver a uniform distribution, higher efficiency, improved CRI, outstanding glare control, and a timeless appearance.

Today’s new post-top installations and retrofits need to be energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and provide safe illumination of walkways and streets.  The Rayder excels in applications where brightness control is a priority.  The Rayder’s optics reduce high angle glare and hide LED light sources while delivering a uniform glowing appearance.   The Rayder also offers a significant improvement in efficiency when compared to diffuse or translucent blow molded spheres.

Suitable for 10′ – 20′ poles, the assembled spheres are 19.2″ in diameter, and are available with either 8″ diameter neck or other custom bottom openings.  The Rayder is offered in Clear Optical Acrylic, Diffuse Acrylic, and Clear Polycarbonate.  The top and bottom halves are easily attached using the affixed UV stable high bond double-sided adhesive ribbon for fast assembly and mounting.  Acrylic versions are covered by a ten-year limited warranty.

“Optical glare control and the delivery of IES distributions are paramount features of A.L.P. LexaLite’s post top and dusk-to-dawn refractors,” says Kurt Puffpaff, National Sales Manager for Proprietary Products.  “Utilizing A.L.P.’s existing optical prescriptions will increase efficiency, reduce glare and deliver light where light is needed,” he states.  “Many fixtures incorporate white or diffuse lenses or no lenses at all.  Applying A.L.P.’s optical component will improve fixture performance and application effectiveness,” Puffpaff concludes.

A.L.P. is a leading global supplier of lighting components, offering a diverse line of products and services for lighting OEMs and the aftermarket. From LED to legacy applications, A.L.P. offers the industry’s most comprehensive line of LED fixture kits, vapor-proof enclosures, unwired fixture bodies, louvers, and reflectors. A.L.P. Brands include Steel Craft, LexaLite®, and Reflek®


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  • May 6, 2020

Here are some of the products we WOULD have shown at Lightfair!

With the unfortunate cancellation of Lightfair 2020, we will all miss the opportunities for in-person meetings that were scheduled for the show in Vegas this week.  But missing Lightfair doesn’t mean you are missing A.L.P.’s newest technology updates.  Take a peek at what we had in store for LFI 2020:


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  • May 5, 2020

A.L.P. 2020/2021 Trade Show Calendar

A.L.P. will be participating in many major lighting industry events in the coming months. Be sure to stop by to discuss your requirements and applications with our expert team!

Strategies in Light
February 9-11, 2021
Santa Clara, CA

Light + Building
March 13-18, 2022
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

LEDucation
March 16-17, 2021
New York, NY

Lightfair International
May 18-20, 2021
New York, NY


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  • Apr 29, 2020

Little Lindy®, A Better Post Top at a Great Price

Dingy yellow with no optical control.

Crystal clear with optical control and an elegant, updated look.


Value Pricing.  A.L.P. LexaLite® has leveraged manufacturing and sourcing efficiencies to drive costs out of our production process—and we are passing along the savings to you!  Slash costs even more by purchasing our one-piece version that does not require buying clamp bands, costly on-site assembly, or expensive ongoing maintenance.

Better Aesthetic. We have kept the traditional, turn-of-the-century look for a scenic post-top ambiance, as well as the cutting-edge photometric performance.   The Little Lindy® is available with a distinctive, optical design and is offered in UV stabilized acrylic.  It resists ugly yellowing and has a longer service life than blow-molded alternatives*.

Superior Performance. Today’s Little Lindy features the same unsurpassed optical design.  It is offered in Type III and Type V distributions.

*Consult A.L.P.  LexaLite® for UV tolerance, recommended operating temperatures, and service life of Clear Polycarbonate material.

Read more about Little Lindy’s performance, aesthetics, and pricing.


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  • Apr 23, 2020

Reduced Price, New Design Announced for Little Lindy® Prismatic Post Top

A.L.P. announces dramatically reduced pricing for the Little Lindy® prismatic post top, effective April 30, 2020. A.L.P. has developed manufacturing and sourcing efficiencies that have significantly reduced our production costs, and we are passing along the savings to you.

We are also now offering a one-piece version for even better value. This new, streamlined design saves money on product price, installation, and maintenance. Without the requirement for clamp bands and screws, the one-piece Little Lindy is more cost-effective. There’s no field assembly needed, so installation is faster and cheaper.  And the one-piece sealed design saves more in maintenance costs, too.

Measuring 19” high, 14” diameter with 8” neck fitter, the mid-size, pedestrian-scale post top is offered in UV stabilized Clear Acrylic , Lumieo® and UV stabilized Clear Polycarbonate.


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