About Pathway

Pathway is committed to working in a culture of collaboration, integrity and responsiveness. 

Founded in 1990, we are dedicated to offering agility and performance with our agents, 

partners and the specification community.

Located in Old Saybrook, CT, Pathway is an innovative designer and manufacturer of specification-grade LED luminaires.   Our product line is designed for the commercial and institutional markets and includes: downlights, wall washers, adjustable accents, decorative pendants, cylinders, and emergency egress fixtures.  As an independently-owned American lighting manufacturer, we are able to provide responsive technical support, as well as fixture modifications and custom products.


Our History

1990 - Fred Stark founded Pathway Lighting, an emergency and exit lighting company.

1991 - GSA awarded Pathway a $1M contract to supply emergency lighting products to all federal buildings worldwide.

1994 - Pathway expands product portfolio to include specification-grade downlights for residential and commercial applications.

1999 - Pathway acquired The Lighting Source and launched Coventry Architectural product line.

2001 - Pathway increased its warehouse and manufacturing capacity by 125% to support increasing demands.

2005 - Fred Stark started to make significant investments in Solid State Lighting product development, establishing a separate engineering department to develop LED luminaires.

2006 - Adopted ‘Open Platform’ philosophy to LED product development allowing specifiers the ability to choose quality SSL technologies.

2008 - Pathway introduced the industry's first Philips Fortimo-based downlight.

2013 - MultiCare Healthcare Lighting Solutions line is introduced, including human-centric lighting.

2015 - The company hits a 25-year milestone, and celebrates with two-day party for more than 500 customers at the BB King’s House of Blues during LightFair in NYC.

2015 - Business growth requires enlarging operations and expanding into a new facility to house R&D, Engineering, and Manufacturing divisions. 

2017 - Pathway developed CentralDriveTMa system of low voltage LED lighting fixtures with drivers that are remotely located for easily accessible maintenance.

2018 - WLE Series, a silicone-sealed open-aperture downlight, wins the LIT Design Awards’ Lighting Product Design of the Year Award and the 2017 IES Progress Report Committee Award as a unique and significant advancement to the art and science of lighting. 

2018 - Pathway receives patent for Thick Ceiling / Chicago Plenum downlight fixtures.

2018 - Industriale Series, a collection of decorative architectural fixtures with a vintage-industrial appearance, is introduced. 

2019 - Pathway launches the S4 Shallow Plenum Series.

2019 - Pathway announces Spec2, a versatile architectural-grade, small-aperture, recessed LED with a revolutionary modular design. Patent is pending.

2019 - HL Series is introduced; this collection of 42 decorative architectural products includes coordinating cylinders, luminous cylinders, and pendants, including wet location cylinders.

2020 - Pathway celebrates 30-year anniversary.   


Our Future

Pathway Lighting's mission has always been to provide quality lighting products and services that support our customers' vision at every stage of the design process.  That's how it all started, and that's the way it will always be because — that's what matters. 

Throughout the coming years, we will provide the same core capabilities that have helped fuel our growth:  a thorough understanding of lighting technologies and application requirements, rigorously engineered and well designed lighting fixtures, superior customer service, technical support and product warranty.  That's our commitment to you.