There are many do's and don'ts when it comes to hanging art work. Don't put it in direct sunlight. Do make sure it's straight. And for a little extra oomph, do have it shine under lights. That's whereHouse of Troycomes in. It's a lighting manufacturer specializing in task lighting.
"Task means it has to perform function other than look good and illuminate," said the company's Bill Brown.
Picture lights is what started it all 40 years ago. Now the company employs 33 people in Hyde Park and illuminates not only paintings, but pianos, desks and much more, with over 1-thousand products. House of Troy sells 7-million dollars of lights a year.
"If you need something to illuminate your nice new painting, it's going to be a House of Troy picture light. We're the largest manufacturer of picture lights in the world," Brown said.
A world that's growing -- branching out from brass and bronze to clay. This spring House of Troy purchased G. Scatchard, a well known Vermont ceramic lamp company. "The original molds were thrown by George Scatchard and he made patterns we're able to replicate through casting," Brown said.
Another change -- more focus on being green. LED technology and other new technology is taking over. That means no more sockets or bulbs to replace -- printed circuit boards are it. Four watts of energy creates the same illumination that 60 watts use to take. "A printed circuit board has no socket will last for 50-thousand hours and if you're using the light for five hours a day, that's a very long time," Brown said.
Seventy percent of the products House of Troy sells are made in Vermont. The other 30 percent come mostly from China -- items like cords and socket fittings. Brown said that's unique for the lighting industry -- most competitors rely on overseas production.
Bringing a little extra sparkle to the world with lighting that's Made in Vermont.
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