Monthly Archives: July 2022

ORA Pleased to Represent AEC Illumination

Founded in 1957, AEC has become a market leader in street, urban, and decorative lighting. Contemporary collections of indoor and outdoor lighting are outstanding examples of design excellence combined with cutting edge precision engineering.

High-quality materials and the latest manufacturing processes are used with industry leading technologies to ensure years of reliable performance.

Outdoor Lighting

AEG’s Logica series combine contemporary design and maximum functionality for the San Diego Esplanade designed by Leni Schwendinger Light Projects’ team. The Logica’s body elegantly transitions into a wide curve—a classic example of the AEC design aesthetic.

San Diego Esplanade
Logica 1
San Diego Esplanade
Nador, Morocco
Auckland Harbor Bridge, New Zealand
Grottammane, Italy


Road tunnels are areas that are particularly prone to smog, humidity and sudden changes in temperature. A correct tunnel lighting fixture must therefore possess technical qualities such as to satisfy international standards and ensure continuous operation of the lighting system, in environments where corrosion phenomena are particularly high.

AEC’s T-LED3 tunnel floodlight series is used to illuminate the US191x American Mountain Tunnel located in Arizona. Due to the body made entirely of AISI 316 L anti-corrosion steel, the T-LED3 tunnel floodlight series has been specifically designed to resist the chemical agents of road tunnels, ensuring long-lasting performance.

US191x American Mountain Tunnel – ARIZONA
T-LED 3 EBX Series

Visionary and innovative, AEC products are designed to last a lifetime – investment pieces, conceived to deliver the perfect balance of quality, technology and design.

Call 212.577.2552 or email us at ORA to learn about AEC .

ORA Pleased to Represent MINIMIS

ORA is pleased to announce representation for MINIMIS in New York and New Jersey. MINIMIS is a recognized pioneer in design and manufacturing of micro-minuscule architectural and landscape LED luminaires. Three-time winner of ARCHITECTURAL RECORD’s “Top Lighting Products” —the fixtures are the size of a postage stamp.

MINIMIS has designed and crafted their line of illumination to be virtually bomb-proof and shatterproof, leveraging the clear advantages of titanium, PMMA, and synthetic sapphire crystal. Their product is impressive!


Natively waterproof, without need for gaskets or seals, MINIMIS luminaires offer unparalleled elegance, luxury, and performance in all environments—from warm, enveloping interiors, to the most inhospitable of marine conditions.

To see how tough these tiny luminaires are, watch this video on LIMPET —the world’s smallest in-grade directional marker light. Consisting of precision, hand-milled grade-5 titanium, LIMPET is suitable for decorative and accent IP67 installation in any application, including extreme environments. Excellent for recessing into driveways, with drive-over rating of 10,500 lbs (4,775 kg).

Applications include directional markers, driveway lighting, floods, spots, wall grazers, lighting for stairwells, hallways, sidewalks, pathways, kitchen, bath, poolside, pond-side, seaside, pier and dock, yachts, hotels, parks, and landscape. The titanium construction ensures that it will never rust or stain over time.

Call 212.577.2552 or email us at ORA to learn about MINIMIS for your next project.

Presenting Axolight at Patdo Light Studio

Axolight sponsored a Wine Flight at Patdo Light Studio, in Port Chester, NY while our own Carl Jenkins (Specification Sales) and Mike Miner from Axolight featured Axolight’s latest and greatest products.

Axolight specializes in the production of Italian high-end decorative lamps. Quality, functionality, and elegance of their products are distinctive traits of the lamps and lighting systems they produce—while paying great attention to the choice of sustainable materials and processes, privileging metals, fabrics and glass.

Patdo are experts in residential and commercial, interior and landscape lighting design. They provide the best lighting selection in Fairfield and Westchester counties in New York, and pride themselves on products that are hand selected for their fresh design, current trends, quality of materials, precision in craftsmanship and manufacturer integrity. Check them out at

Made in America

This July, in celebration of the birth of our nation, we would like to raise awareness for the economic and community impact of American-made manufacturers.

To understand the labels on each manufacturer and for what it takes to claim these labels, following are basic descriptions and resources:

The Buy American Act requires Federal agencies to procure domestic materials and products. Two conditions must be present for the Buy American Act to apply: (1) the procurement must be intended for public use within the United States; and (2) the items to be procured or the materials from which they are manufactured must be present in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality. Ref:

The Buy America Act applies mostly to mass-transit procurements for state and local government projects, such as the construction of highways, railways, or rapid transit systems. Any infrastructure project receiving federal funding must source their iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials from the United States. Ref:

How does one claim to be “Made in the USA?”
According to the Federal Trade Commission, “Made in USA” means that “all or virtually all” the product has been made in America. That is, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Ref:

Following are our partners who are proud to say they manufacture their products right here in our country.

Forum Lighting proudly designs and manufactures all products in Pittsburgh, PA by IBEW union employees tailoring specification-grade LED lighting to each project’s need.

Forum Lighting is at the forefront of LED design for offices, airports, and transportation centers—manufacturing high performance luminaires designed for ease of installation and maintenance. They are best known for their custom work at the award-winning World Trade Center Transportation Hub, and other transportation projects such as Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh.

Joining GE Current in 2021, Forum’s innovative features, design, and adaptability, are now complemented with the differentiated technology and value of Current’s expansive portfolio.

Barn Light Electric is America’s leading manufacturer of vintage-inspired lighting. They complete the construction, finishing, and assembly of their lights within their Titusville, FL facility qualifying most of their products to meet BAA’s standards. Thanks to this commitment to American manufacturing, they are able to offer an abundance of stylish, high-quality BAA compliant lighting options.

Dado Lighting created the first zero cavity fixtures the thickness of drywall. All their products and components are made in their factory located in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, with the exception of the LED chip and acrylic light guide panel due to the lack of North American sources. All projects are built in-house and pre-assembled to ensure the fixture matches up exactly to the drawings. All components are tested, labeled, and packaged to ensure smooth installation.

In the video below, Dave Beausoleil, President of CAST Lighting explains what “Made in the USA” means to him, and the importance of bringing manufacturing back to the United States. CAST Landscape solid-bronze, low-voltage lighting fixtures are the industry’s most durable, reliable and highest performing products. Using the method of sand-casting, they pour molten bronze to create their unique fixtures in Hawthorne, NJ

Camman Lighting is based in Derry, PA. Camman’s skilled craftsmen ensure the highest individual attention to detail. Camman carries a full line of “Standard” products, and highly configurable “Camman Plus” products. Camman’s ETO (engineered-to-order) process enables them to design, engineer and manufacture to any customer’s unique specifications. Close customer engagement is provided throughout each project, infusing creativity, and ultimately meeting the needs of demanding projects.

Efficient-Tec International LLC offers a complete handrail solution for your code compliant projects. ETI specializes in ornamental metal railing systems in stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, and copper, both LED-illuminated and non-illuminated. Efficient-Tec International’s S3 handrail solutions can meet any requirement, either from their standard line of products or with modifications from their in-house engineering and fabricating staff in Dallas, TX.

Modular International’s manufacturing plant is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Modular is known for the original creation of the multiple lamp fixture concept and continue to be a pioneer in the movement to LED commercial lighting in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Their next project is part of the restoration of Downtown Pittsburgh–Allegheny Riverfront Park expected to be completed by 2023.

Cerno feels fixtures designed in America but manufactured overseas often had frustrating quality flaws and were limited by the inherent disconnect in their design-prototyping-manufacturing process. With innovations in incandescent and LED lighting, new technologies brought potential for efficiency, quality and beauty that had yet to be thoroughly explored or developed. So they set out to design and build original fixtures in sunny California.

Call 212.577.2552 or email us at ORA to learn about any of our “Made In USA” manufacturer partners for your next project.