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Old 04-06-2012, 08:51 PM
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American manufacturing?

Which lighting products are truly made on US soil?

Probably doesn't matter to some, but I'm just curious. Someone told me today that FX parts are manufactured elsewhere and assembled here. Is it true, or were they misinformed?

That leaves Vista, Nightscaping and Beachside as American made.
Are there more?

http://vistapro.com/about.aspx

http://nightscaping.com/handcrafted-products.php

http://www.beachsidelighting.com/inf...php?info_id=14
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:03 PM
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coppermoon.com i believe makes most of their stuff in GA
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:12 PM
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Anyone ever hear of Rethink Lighting?

http://www.rethinklightinginc.com/so..._lighting.html


There's also Luma Lighting.

http://www.lumalighting.com/about.html


And DG Lights maybe?
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:15 PM
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coppermoon.com i believe makes most of their stuff in GA
Really? I thought the brass fixtures were Chinese. At least the ones I saw were.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:19 PM
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Well, FX Luminaire claims to be US manufactured too. I thought so. maybe my source was wrong.

http://www.fxl.com/why_fx.htm
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:49 PM
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Really? I thought the brass fixtures were Chinese. At least the ones I saw were.
it may just be their copper stuff that is usa made
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:18 PM
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Copper is spun in west point ga for coppermoon
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:47 AM
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Auroralight, HK lighting, Vision3, BK, Hevilight all all made in the USA. I am sure there are others.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:26 AM
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Gregg, a quick browse through that Luma lighting website tells me that the vast majority of their products are made in China. All the same forms, shapes and styles that are available from a wide variety of SE Asian sources.

Does the USA have or enforce country of origin regulations when it comes to consumer products?

I have at least a handful of clients each year ask me "where are the products made?" so I know that they are concerned about product quality and costing. I also know that there is a huge difference in the quality of components that are made domestically compared to those made in SE Asia. This is even evident in products that claim to be made in the USA but in fact are only assembled here.
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:46 PM
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Regarding "Made in USA" Claims,

There are two relevent sources of information.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defines and enforces "Made in USA" claims. Their definition is based on a product being made (and sourced) "all or virtually all" in the USA.

From the FTC, "All or virtually all" means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. That is, the product should contain no — or negligible — foreign content."

There is some ambiguity in the standard. For example, a lighting fixture with US-made body and stake but foreign-made lens and socket might or might not comply. The standard considers place of final assembly (must be USA), the importance of the foreign-made part(s) to the functionality of the final product, and the relative monetary value of the foreign part(s).

The recent adoption of LED's does call into question some "Made in USA" claims since mfgs. are claiming LED's as a prime feature of the product and LED's are expensive. If these LED's and their drivers come from Asia (as most do) then it's hard to claim that they are a negligable part of the product.

FTC "Made in USA" Standards

The other source to consider is the "Buy America Act". Passed in 1933, it mandates that US-made products be selecting for Government contracts. It is also an important part of Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and for the DOE's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

The "Made in USA" qualifications for these programs and government contracts are much more flexible than the FTC standards, and include exclusions relevent to the project at hand, and allow products made in countries that participate in free trade agreements.

This is why most CAST products can not claim "Made in USA" on the packaging (since they're made in Colombia), but they do qualify for BUY American (hence LEED credits) since the USA has a free trade agreement with Colombia.
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