Iluminar Celebrates 10 Years as Specialty Lighting Manufacturer

Co-founders Eddie Reynolds and Joni Hamasaki launched iluminar in 2009 to supply lighting and license plate recognition products to the video surveillance industry.

IRVINE, Calif. — Iluminar, a manufacturer and supplier of IR and white light illuminators and license plate recognition (LPR) products, is celebrating a decade in business.

In 2009, Eddie Reynolds and Joni Hamasaki joined forces to launch iluminar with a mission to supply high-quality and reliable lighting and LRP products to the video surveillance market, backed by unsurpassed customer service, a press release states.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ Business Employment Dynamics report, less than one-third of all small businesses make it to the 10-year mark. As such, it is an immense accomplishment for iluminar to reach this milestone, having deployed deployed on every continent, explains Reynolds, who serves as CEO.

“iluminar is beyond grateful for all of our partners and clients who have continued to support us for the last decade,” Reynolds says. “In 1966, Marie Van Brittan Brown designed the CCTV system that we know today. It is wonderful to be able to continue the legacy as a black woman owned manufacturer, since a black woman invented the CCTV business.”

As a global specialty manufacturer and supplier of infrared and white light illuminators, iluminar has come into its own as a leading voice in the security industry. From deploying award-winning products that have been part of major city surveillance applications in Abu Dhabi, Macau and Australia, to forging partnerships with Altronix, Arecont Vision, Pelco and Milestone — to name a few — iluminar continues to pave its path to success for the future, the release states.

In 2018, Reynolds was appointed to the SIA Executive Council, where she works with other security leaders to launch initiatives that support the growth and advancement of the security industry at large.

She was also selected as the first-ever recipient of SIA’s Progress Award, an honor presented by SIA’s Women in Security Forum celebrating individuals who pave the way to success for women in the security industry.

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