In 1973, Tom Rensenhouse opened his first lighting showroom in Kansas City. While it was expected that the newest lighting products from the top manufacturers in the industry would be included, Tom recognized that it would take much more than just quality products to fulfill his vision of being the “best” lighting store in the market. He did his homework. He researched the industry and the greater Kansas City metroplex.
From the very beginning, Tom started selling what people wanted to buy, not what the industry wanted to sell. In the early 70’s, leading-edge, energy-saving products were featured. Ceiling fans, residential fluorescent lighting, and a wide array of forward-thinking items helped homeowners save energy and save on the newest lighting styles at “everyday” low prices. For the customers who were building a new home, a specially trained staff of decorators worked with the home builder and home buyer to create an entire household of beautiful, energy-saving lighting effects that set the standards.
“Our knowledge of the lighting industry and its future trends, combined with a sincere desire to help our customers get the most lighting for their dollar, has made us the most recognized name in lighting and the Home Builders’ Source. . .”
In July of 2000, Tom purchased the Lightstyle showroom in Orlando, Florida. The new store is located in the historic Johnson Electrical building, on Lake Ivanhoe, in downtown Orlando.
While the location is historic, everything else about the store is new. We started by washing the windows. Then we brought in the newest lighting styles from the top designers and manufactures. But that was just the beginning. As you look around this 15,000 square foot showroom it’s easy to see that leading-edge thinking is running the operation. We have trained a superior staff of sales consultants to provide every customer with helpful and knowledgeable service… for beyond the ordinary.
We continued to expand our presence in Florida and now have three locations: two in Orlando and one in Tampa Bay.
Today, that vision remains…and is stronger than ever. “We have an incredible staff, many of them have been with us since 1973. Our knowledge of the lighting industry and its future trends, combined with a sincere desire to help our customers get the most lighting for their dollar, has made us the most recognized name in lighting and the Home Builders’ Source.” said Tom Rensenhouse.
Our business philosophy is based on some very simple goals
- Provide the design and decorating expertise to assist our customers in creating the looks that reflect their lifestyle and individualism.
- Provide a continually changing environment of the newest and most exciting looks in lighting and home decor accessory products that we know are in demand in our market.
- Provide a range of prices that are affordable within our marketplace.
- Provide a friendly and rewarding place to work.
- Provide retail shoppers and home builders with the superior level of responsive services that we have the knowledge and skill to deliver.
Provide support and assistance to our community and its needs through participation in restoration projects, designer homes for charity, and other such events.