The Strand Electric Company began operating in 1914 to serve London's theater district. In 1926 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. (Perhaps coinciding with the purchase of Electro Controls?)
Today, Strand Lighting continues as a leading name in stage, television, motion picture, and architectural lighting and services. In 2006, Strand Lighting became part of the Genlyte Group. Genlyte is a collection of over forty lighting companies with a wide range of specialties from architectural lighting and control to street lighting and entertainment lighting and control with Vari*Lite and Strand Lighting anchoring the entertainment lighting offerings of Genlyte. Genlyte was purchased by Philips in 2008.
Company website: Strand Lighting.
A "tribute" website of primarily UK products: The Strand Archive.
Taken from http://www.strandlighting.com/index...cs&ref=About-Strand-Lighting&category=Company on 26/08/08, but since editted.