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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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  • Feb 27, 2020

Kurt Puffpaff Takes on New Responsibilities for A.L.P. LexaLite®

A.L.P.’s Kurt Puffpaff, National Sales Manager, will be taking on new responsibilities following the departure of LexaLite® Brand Product Manager George Kruggel on 2/28/2020. With nearly three decades of experience in the industry, Kurt has extensive knowledge of plastics and lighting technology to support sales activities for the A.L.P. LexaLite line of proprietary optical molded components. These products include the Reflexor® series of injection molded reflector/refractors, Sentry Series vaportights, Platform Series LED fixture kits, and The Lindy® post-top refractors.

Kurt has been in the lighting business since 1993 when he started as a territory manager for LexaLite. In keeping with the company’s philosophy, he learned the business from the ground up. In addition to managing his territory, he was taught how to prepare quotes, run equipment, and even delivered a few orders by truck when the business depended on it. Since those early days, Kurt has held several sales management positions with LexaLite, A.L.P. and Bill Brown Sales. Accordingly, he is uniquely equipped to support the business requirements of our customers now and in the future.

Kurt can be reached at (231) 547-1407 or by email at kurtpuffpaff@alplighting.com.


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  • Jun 25, 2019

A.L.P. LexaLite’s Tom Barnes interviewed at Lightfair by Edison Report.

Tom Barnes talks about A.L.P. LexaLite Brand’s industry leading optical components for the lighting industry on display at Lightfair International 2019 trade show in Philadelphia.


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  • Sep 5, 2018

Press Release: A.L.P.’s Recruit™ LED Fixture Kit Highlighted in Eneref Report on Sustainable Circular Economy

Niles, IL, (September 5, 2018) – The Recruit™ wall mount security fixture kit from A.L.P.’s LexaLite® brand, was recognized as a more sustainable approach to lighting systems in a new report by Eneref Institute (www.eneref.org). The report was part of Eneref’s campaign to increase the recyclability of LED luminaires. Eneref Institute is a research and advocacy organization for sustainable development with an initiative to inspire solutions that promise an earth-friendly economy through socially responsible sustainable development.

The Recruit LED wall mount security fixture kit is an attractive, contemporary looking system with a thermally conductive polymer housing. The 8”x 8” footprint can accommodate customer supplied LED arrays, several driver options, and a photocell, putting it in the “small” size class.

As part of Eneref’s campaign to inspire solutions that promise an earth-friendly economy, Eneref Institute’s report examined opportunities to replace aluminum component parts in LED luminaires with polycarbonate, with the overarching goal of reducing the environmental footprint of the lighting industry. According to the Eneref report, thermoplastic heat sinks have environmental advantages over aluminum because the energy needed to recycle thermoplastics is one-fourth that of aluminum.

The report goes on to explain that, compared to the same volume of aluminum, polycarbonate requires less energy to ship, because it is less dense and therefore weighs less, as exemplified by the lightweight Recruit.

“It’s not surprising that an innovative industry leader, like A.L.P., would be an early adopter of polycarbonate heat sinks,” explained Seth Warren Rose, Founding Director of Eneref Institute. “Done responsibly, drilling for petrochemical hydrocarbons—the raw material of plastics—can be less destructive to the environment than mining for aluminum,” Rose explains.

According to the Eneref report, optimizing the design by consolidating components of the same material streamlines both the manufacturing and recycling of luminaires. With fewer components made from fewer materials, the purchasing, shipping, and warehousing processes are simplified. Polycarbonate, a thermoplastic, can be economically recycled into secondary, post-industry applications.

DOWNLOAD ENEREF REPORT: http://eneref.org/report-details/employing-polycarbonate-components-to-design-sustainable-luminaires/

A.L.P. is an international leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of lighting components and components for other technical industries. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive line of products for OEMs and the aftermarket. For proprietary projects, our unique “360° Solutions” suite of custom services enables us to collaborate with customers at every stage of a product’s life cycle. Our core commitment is to provide superior service and product performance to every customer.


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  • May 24, 2017

Another Great Show at Lightfair International 2017

A.L.P. exhibited at the 2017 Lightfair International with our sales agency Bill Brown Sales.  We welcomed customers and prospects, friends old and new, to learn more about our products and capabilities.  The display included LED lighting components and kits, such as new parking garage canopies, LED PODs and the Sentry Elite rugged LED vaportight. Thanks to all who made it a successful exhibit.

Other Upcoming Shows

Guanzhou International Lighting Expo
June 9-12, 2017
China Import and Export Fair Complex
Guanzhou, China

IES Annual Conference
August 10-12, 2017
Portland Marriott
Portland, OR

IES Street and Area Lighting Conference
September 10-13, 2017
JW Marriott Austin Hotel
Austin, TX

Horticultural Lighting Conference
October 17, 2017
Denver Marriott City Center
Denver, CO

Strategies in Light
February 13-15, 2018
Long Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA

Light + Building
March 18-23, 2018
Messe Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany

Lightfair International
May 8-10, 2018
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL


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