Hillsdale’s Qualite Sports Lighting is one of the world’s top stadium lighting companies. Its newest lighting system — the Q‑LED Gamechanger Series — was recently nominated to win the Edison Award, which recognizes product development innovations.
Qualite’s main office has been located in Hillsdale for nearly 30 years while making a name for itself in sports stadiums across the country. Most recently, the local company built and installed the lighting system for Super Bowl XLIX in University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. Qualite has supplied lighting for other professional venues, such as U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox; and soccer and cricket stadiums overseas.
A staple in the lighting industry, Qualite has been committed to doing most of its manufacturing in Hillsdale.
“We do the engineering, design, quoting, prewiring, labeling, and pole assembly all here in Hillsdale,” Qualite President Nick Page said.
Page said Qualite will be focusing primarily on its new Gamechanger Series as the company continues to make a name for itself.
“It’s a better product,” Page said. “The beauty of it is that it works with anything, from parks and recreational facilities to professional stadiums.”
The Gamechanger Series is unique because of its unique beam spreads, glare control, and linear design. It is unlike any other sports lighting system, which is why it was nominated for the Edison Award, Page said.
According to a press release from Qualite, the Edison Award competition is an “annual, global competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation.”
Though the Gamechanger Series is still only a finalist in the competition, Qualite owner Eric Boorom said the nomination has been the greatest honor in the company’s history thus far.
“The Edison Award nomination is a testament to the insight, intuitiveness and somewhat radical development of the GameChanger product,” Boorom said in a statement. “We knew we wanted to make a statement to the industry, and the Edison Award nomination has validated our work.”