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Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by JoeyD, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hunter Industries has purchased FX Luminaire in case any of you lighting guys care? Interesting to see an irrigation manufacturer break into the ligthing arena!! Definitley brought on a big hitter!! We wish Hunter all the best! They have some really good people over there!!
     
  2. Eden Lights

    Eden Lights LawnSite Senior Member
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    How long ago? Build Quality has dropped in the last few months????
     
  3. Eden Lights

    Eden Lights LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Wow, When I was landscaping I was a die hard Hunter man. They have been kickin rainbird around the block for years. I have been to their factory in San Diego 3 times and I'll tell you what, they have some seriously talented and innovative people there as well as a very deep pockets to prototype and create some neat stuff. When they get settled in and going, I'll bet you will find they really step up their product line and the customer support will be on par with their irrigation service and support. Pretty smart move IMO.
     
  5. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
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    This will be interesting to watch, Hunter is a good company.
     
  6. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hunter is a great company. But they have been struggling big time with this drop in the economy. Last year they laid off a tremendous ammount of employees. Something tells me this move is a strategic move to help protect their corporation. I don't think they wanted to HAVE to get into lighting but they NEEDED to get into to it to help subsidize a struggling irrigation market.

    Good move nonetheless. They are a first class company and they just aquired a really good and respected product line in FX. We wish them all the luck!!!
     
  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What's next? Is Rain Bird gonna buy Vista?

    Rain Bird once had a line of forward-thinking, modular stainless steel fixtures, called Nightbird, which was available for maybe three or four years in the late 80's/ early 90's. It included an MR-16 pathlight. Basically, one fixture body, including a SS stake, with different add-ons that made it into a pathlight, an uplight or a downlight.

    As is typical of Rain Bird, once a product is discontinued you never hear of it again.
     
  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't know if I like this. I'm a Rain Bird guy. And I'm pretty tight with them. So the last thing I try to do is support the other guys. I have always liked FX Lum. I use them sometimes. Unique is our main brand but I always considered FX to be our second brand. Now I am not so sure I'll be buying as much. I am not a big Hunter fan. Just a personal choice.

    I look at it this way, what if George Bush or Obama bought out CAST lighting. I may have liked CAST before, but now if I am a die-hard conservative, no way in hell I'm going to keep buying cast if Obama buys them out. And vice versa with Bush. A lot of liberals would never consider buying anything Bush owned.

    Now I know that's a little drastic example. But you don't have to be in the irrigation forum for very long to realize that Rain Bird / Hunter are fairly polarizing companies. Guys either like one or the other. And if they like one, they tend not to want anything to do with the other. So I am not sure if Hunter buying FX makes more contractors want to use them, or less.

    I know it's going to make me shy away from them.
     
  9. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Interesting point that I have not yet heard........
     
  10. LiteEmUp

    LiteEmUp LawnSite Member
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    great analysis jim...although im not sure most guys will even make the correlation (i could be wrong of course). Guess it depends if FX will be branded as Hunter or not. Personally it wouldnt matter to me until we see what happens to the line. If im an FX guy im an FX guy despite how much i may not like Hunter as long as they are a respectable company which i believe them to be. I doubt they will isolate that many Rain Bird users, especially those that are loyal to FX and their distributor who carries both lines. Hunter might now be able to put FX in the hands of more contractors as before i believe they had an exclusive with one vendor (for the most part) which limited FX distribution to certain parts of the country. Maybe they will be more national now. I used them for years and they have been decent. Fortunately i have been indoctrinated by Unique as well. One Unique user to another...would you stop using Unique if Hunter had ownership in them? Cheers.
     

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