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48 West 37th Street 6th Fl. | New York, NY 10018
Tel: 212-645-7700 | Fax: 877-645-1316

Lumescent was founded in 2003 by Steven Katz, a veteran of the architectural lighting industry. Initially a lighting design professional for the architectural sector while learning theatrical techniques from industry leaders. Steve continued a focused concentration in the world of architectural lighting design utilizing the dramatic effects of the entertainment field. Recognizing that there was a void in the NYC marketplace – Steve set out to create a specialty agency offering a wide array of diverse products beyond just commercial or industrial luminaires. This was the genesis for Lumescent.


Since the company’s inception, Lumescent encompasses architectural and performance lighting, dimming and control systems, along with audio/video products that separate the agency from others in the field. Lumescent is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan and services the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland counties, specific parts of northern and southern New Jersey and southern Connecticut for its manufacturers. Coverage for each individual company is tailored to meet their specific needs.


The company’s specialty is to represent innovative and unique products that utilize state of the art technology. Lumescent has tailored its line card toward products with enhanced performance that distance themselves from their competitors. The company also represents niche manufacturers that are geared toward specific product lines and do not vary from their strengths.


Finally, Lumescent’s reputation is driven by the experience of its principals and staff. A profound knowledge base focused on the architectural and professional lighting and controls industry along with an incomparable audio/video background enables Lumescent to assist industry professionals in both aspects for every project. Our sales staff is diligent and courteous, driven to service all customers and professionals. Project managers are available during regular business hours and try to adhere to a 24 hours response to all inquiries and follow the example set by the company’s principals who are never “out of range”. The company guarantees an unequaled attention to detail and responds to every challenge.


Lumescent – more than a rep….your partner every step of the way.





Since his formative years, he has always been interested in design and construction. His family owned and operated a real estate & development company and his fascination with the field started when he was very young. Prior to attending college, he refined his scope by working for a variety of design professionals (architect, electrical & structural engineers and a custom cabinet fabricator) in order to obtain a greater knowledge of the design process.


After architecture school, Steve began a formal Lighting Design career in 1987 and continued his studies by attending the MFA Lighting Design program at Parsons School of Design. His skills in the field have been reinforced and honed by many years of experience attained while working for a variety of well-know designers. He has always been cognizant of the clients’ needs and how to achieve their goals and vision. The transition from a purely design professional into a specification representative afforded him a new perspective in understanding the entire construction process. He began a sales career as a specification sales person and became a Principal/Partner of the firm in only 6 years. Though he spent 10+ years at this company, forming his own agency had always been a goal. Lumescent has become this aspiration. Today, more than ever, creating energy efficient and aesthetic designs from concept through project management is the most important facet of our industry.


In addition to defining the appropriate fixture types for each specific project, he is frequently asked to review, evaluate and recommend lighting and control systems that solve design and energy compliance issues for a myriad of architectural environments. He has also assisted in the design and modification of manufacturers’ products and fabrication details in order to facilitate the end users’ needs and budgets.


His devotion and complete immersion within the industry has become all-encompassing. Serving on both the IES-NY and DLF-NY local chapter boards, he has been an adjunct professor at the New York School of Interior Design teaching a Lighting Studio II class.


“I feel that any knowledge I have garnered throughout the years can benefit the younger designers and specifiers that are the future of this industry that I love and respect so dearly.” - Steve Katz


New York Institute of Technology – School of Architecture
Parsons School of Design – MFA Lighting Design

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