Our History

The Bay Lighting Story

Growing up in the Bay area, as our family’s second generation in the lighting business, the BAY and LIGHTING are in our roots. Every day, we strive to bring customers our best in the world of lighting. Similarly, we strive to bring our best to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and the environment in which we live, by following best practices in industry recycling processes.

Bay Lighting

Bay Lighting begins operations in September of 2003, and soon after, receives a very memorable visitor; Hurricane Isabelle. Unlike Isabelle, Bay Lighting starts out slow and steady. In the early days, the company serves as a lamp and ballast supplier to the market place.

Bay Lighting purchases their first branded delivery truck, hires a driver, and begins delivery services.

Bay Lighting completes their first full lighting retrofit job, from T12 to T8

Working with the property management sector, John and Kevin see that Bay Lighting customers need services beyond the replacement products that are being supplied. Bay Lighting begins providing services such as consultation, design, installation, maintenance, and recycling, which takes a project from an idea to reality with one organization.

The company’s first turn-key parking garage is completed.

Bay Lighting starts daily lamp recycling pick-ups with orders.

Bay Lighting establishes their first lighting installation crew.

An exterior maintenance division is added, which includes a new bucket truck.

Headquarters are moved to their current location in Crofton, Maryland.

Their first LED parking lot conversion is completed.

Bay Lighting sells their first LED parking garage fixture.

Bay Lighting celebrates their 10-year anniversary, and also adds the company’s twelfth staff member.

Recycling innovates to a per pound program, instead of hand-counting recyclables. The company adds ballast and battery recycling, in addition to lamps.

Bay Lighting completes their first full-building LED T8 conversion.

Bay Lighting partners with utility companies to offer Maryland and Washington, D.C. customers instant lighting discounts

Company reaches 1 million in annual rebates for customers.

First full-building control system is sold.

Our Future

From its beginning, Bay Lighting has been focused on providing the service levels of old, while offering the technology of the future. At Bay Lighting, our local lighting professionals shape the modern-day lighting marketplace. We utilize our decades of lighting experience with the latest tools to execute our projects and drive customer satisfaction. The ability to provide a solution at every point of the lighting lifecycle makes our organization unique. Looking to the future, we are positioned to lead and innovate the lighting industry. Bay Lighting will only accept being the very best, and our team is prepared to earn their success every day.


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March 7, 2023
Emergency lights typically have a battery back-up that will operate the light in the event the power goes out, regardless of if there’s a generator for back-up power. Exit signs can and should also have a battery, especially if the building doesn’t have generator. Often during fire department inspections, they check that your emergency lights are operational, both with and without power. Emergency lights must be kept properly maintained to meet all federal and state requirements, so when installing new ones or updating old ones, should you just change the battery or replace the entire fixture?
February 4, 2023
There are many building codes, electrical codes, and emergency standards outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Building Code (IBC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state and local regulations, and others that provide lighting guidelines and requirements for commercial and similar properties. These include for interior lighting, exterior lighting, and emergency lighting.


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