Lighting One, a national lighting co-op, has announced a new chandelier design and packaging system that reduces shipping, storage and installation costs. The Fast Connect Lighting System is UL-listed and patented for the design and packaging of chandeliers. The technology, offered exclusively to Lighting One members, provides a competitive advantage in marketing chandeliers.

“This system will reduce the freight cost of a chandelier an average of 70 percent,” said Jeff Carmichael, president and co-founder of Lighting One. “Because chandeliers can be shipped knocked down, the system drastically reduces freight and warehouse storage costs.”

Installation of the product is simplified, in some instances reducing the installation time from hours to minutes. “The electrician simply installs the chandelier column to the electrical box, then snaps the chandelier arms into place,” said Carmichael. Once the arms have been snapped into place, the arms remain straight with no further adjustments required, which eliminates callbacks from misaligned arms or product malfunction from pinched wires.

Although multiple patents cover this technology, Lighting One currently owns the rights to the product in the lighting showroom, builder and electrical supply markets, providing an invaluable benefit to Lighting One members.

Carrying fixtures with Fast Connect technology will reduce operational costs for Lighting One members. “A showroom no longer has to pay a warehouse person to put a chandelier together. It can be put on the floor faster, the dealers will be able to stock more units since the boxes will be smaller, and callbacks will be greatly reduced,” said Carmichael.

“We're very excited about the Fast Connect System,” said Lighting One member Marilyn Shulman from Bay Shore Lighting, Bay Shore, N.Y. “This new technology will improve our efficiency on installation, especially for larger fixtures.”

“Electricians have a lot of influence over what types of products are purchased. If there is a chandelier that will make the electrician's life easier, they will recommend it. This system gets the Lighting One members into a whole new market,” Carmichael added.

Lighting One will be providing its members with a comprehensive launch kit designed to help them effectively promote the product in their local market.

Founded in 1999, Lighting One currently includes more than 100 independently owned showrooms in over 35 states. Lighting One was acquired in May of 2001 by CCA Global Partners, a $6 billion international home furnishings and flooring organization with ten divisions. CCA Global Partners' largest division is Carpet One, with over 1,000 stores in six countries.

For membership information, contact Ken Freedman, vice president sales and marketing, at (770) 424-1044.

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