The Thomas Lighting brand dates date back to 1919, when Henrick Moe founded Moe Brothers Co. to manufacture residential lighting fixtures.
Lee B. Thomas acquired Moe Brothers Co. in 1948 and, in 1953, changed the company name to Thomas Industries. The company developed a nationwide reputation as a designer and manufacturer of high quality lighting fixture, with a special emphasis on traditional styles.
In 1998 The GENLYTE Group Inc. and the Lighting Group of Thomas Industries Inc. joined forces to create a new entity. At the time, the company was positioned as one of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America.
In 2008, The GENLYTE Group Inc. and its associated company and brands were purchased by Philips, and in 2010, the Thomas Lighting line became part of Philips Consumer Luminaires, a business unit of Philips North America.
In 2016 Thomas Lighting was acquired by Elk Group International, a leading manufacturer of decorative lighting and home décor products. ELK is a premier designer and importer of indoor and outdoor residential, designer and commercial lighting fixtures, decorative accessories and furniture. An award winning team of international designers and engineers ensure that each product is created with uncompromising detail and unparalleled design. The company founded in 1983 distributes over 10,000 products under ELK Lighting, Thomas Lighting, Cornerstone, Alico, Dimond Lighting, Dimond Home, Guild Master, Stein World, Sterling, Lamp Works, Mirror Masters, Pomeroy, and Elk Hospitality. Elk’s beautifully crafted products are available at a network of lighting and furniture showrooms, electrical wholesale distributors, department stores and specialty home improvement companies throughout the world.