In the US, around 1933, Century Lighting opened for business in New York to serve Broadway. In 1969, Strand, a company within the Rank organisation, purchased Century from then-owned Lighting Corporation of America, forming Century-Strand. Soon after, the name was changed to Strand-Century, and around 1989 the Century name was dropped.
By the 1970s Strand was making big technological leaps – shifting into automation and rewriting the rules for consoles, while the 1980s saw major advances in dimming and controls.
The revolution in computing in the 1990s saw a time of rapid technological growth. Strand created its first digital consoles and software-based control systems – direct descendants of those that control today’s highly-evolved, energy-efficient LED luminaires.
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Strand is part of the Signify portfolio of brands, along with Vari-Lite and Zero 88.