Strand Lighting

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For DWR Distribution, having the Strand Lighting agency is personal. If it were not for Dan Riley, many moons ago, working for the then Rank Strand Electric, it’s possible that DWR would not be here at all! Working as a technician in the late 70’s and early 80’s, Dan was responsible for many a theatre installation in South Africa (For his story, visit the Industry Legends page on the DWR website) as he has always represented Strand Lighting in South Africa.  

Strand Lighting MMS installed in the Hexagon Theatre, University of Pietermaritzburg

Strand Lighting MMS installed in the Hexagon Theatre, University of Pietermaritzburg

Strand Lighting has a very long history in South Africa. Desks can be found in theatres country wide.

Strand Lighting Overview

Strand Lighting offers the world’s most comprehensive and competitive range of luminaires, dimming equipment, control systems and software to answer the creative needs of lighting designers working in theatre, television, film, themed environments and sophisticated architectural applications.

Philips Strand Lighting 200 Plus Series

Philips Strand Lighting 200 Plus Series

The Strand Lighting Story

The Strand Electric Company began operating in 1914 to serve London’s theatre district. In 1926 Century Lighting opened for business in New York to serve Broadway. Today, Strand Lighting, the union of these two companies, continues as the world’s leading name in stage, television, motion picture, and architectural lighting and services. In 2008 Strand Lighting became part of Philips.

Royal Philips of the Netherlands is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 118,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare.  To learn more about Philips and it product and services, visit the Philips web site at

Strand Lighting along with Vari-lite and Selecon are part of the Philips Entertainment group.

Current Strand Lighting Operations

Unique in the breadth of its operations, Strand Lighting now serves the world from our main headquarters in Dallas, Texas. We have sales teams based in Europe and throughout the America’s to serve our customers in those regions. The Asia/Pacific region is supported from Strand Lighting’s office in Hong Kong. Each of our sales groups work closely with its local network of distributors to ensure the most extensive distribution of products and services in the entertainment lighting industry.