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When you consider lighting, be original, be bold, be environmentally smart. Choose AFX. Offering the perfect union of lighting beauty and smart design, our products have re-defined energy efficient lighting. Utilizing the latest LED technology, fluorescent lamping, state-of-the-art ballasts and top-notch design engineering, AFX has re-invented the decorative fixture category. As we grow, we continuously develop, expand and rethink our core product offering to both commercial and residential markets.

When you choose AFX, you’re getting the best. We offer award-winning decorative fixtures that fuse industrial design with an artistic flair. You will find new looks in contemporary lighting and also updated traditional styled fixtures. Our vision is to continue to create the new look of energy efficiency. An industry leader in LED, fluorescent and other light sources since 1938, we work hard every day to maintain our respected position in the lighting industry...through our commitment to deliver superior quality, uniquely designed and technologically-advanced lighting products.

From a modest start shortly before World War II, AFX has become one of the country’s largest energy-efficient lighting manufacturers. (Formerly known as American Fluorescent), AFX was founded by William Rusnak, a banker and furniture retailer with an entrepreneurial spirit. Rusnak reportedly first encountered fluorescent lighting at the 1933-34 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago. He opened shop in 1938. Jerry Solomon, Rusnak’s son-in-law, came into the business in 1940, and following in his father’s footsteps, his son Bill Solomon became President in 1983, forging a modernization program that has never lost momentum. As an industry leader, we embrace the best new ideas in lighting design and manufacturing, pioneering the introduction of undercabinet lighting.

Headquartered in Waukegan, IL, the company maintains large warehouses across the country to provide optimal service in all regions. Superior engineering and the ability to deliver competitively priced, well-designed products result in a consistently high level of customer satisfaction making AFX the industry leader.

Through our national network of independent sales agencies, AFX supports a distribution network of lighting showrooms and electrical distributors. In addition, we work with specifiers, designers and architects to establish AFX as the approved supplier. Our products are used in a variety of applications, from commercial buildings, hotels and restaurants, to multi-family, assisted-living and single-family residences, and more.

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