Technical Consumer Products (TCP) is one of the big names in today’s consumer lighting industry, particularly in compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). TCP is known for making both durable and energy efficient light bulbs. According to Forbes, “TCP has turned itself into the biggest North American suppliers of CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) light bulbs.”(1) As the largest CFL supplier in the United States, TCP does private-label for Home Depot and Office Depot as well as sells to Wal-Mart and Sears under it’s own TCP brand name. These large retail chain stores absorbed more than half of its shipments of nearly 300 million CFL bulbs last year, totaling 40% of North American CFL purchases. Some of its competitors include familiar, powerhouse names like GE and Philips. TCP, based in Aurora Ohio, is a new powerhouse that in a few short years has become highly respected by all of it’s competitors and customers alike.
Many CFL bulbs TCP manufactures have earned the prestigious Energy Star rating. This status is given only to products that are known to be among the very best of their type or class that save money on power bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that adversely affect the environment. Because of this company’s initiatives and acheivements, they have been awarded Energy Star Partner for two consecutive years running now, in both 2009 and 2010. Because of exceptional leadership, they have arrived as a major player.
The main product line of Technical Consumer Products is their compact fluorescent lamps. They are the first out with instant-on or Instabright CFLs, the first with CFLs that can truly dim from about zero to 100%, or TruDim™. TCP offers a wide assortment of decorative lamps including globes, torpedo shape, A-lamp, and capsule type lights. The company continues to further enhance the performance of their already wide range of unique and exceptional lighting products year after year.
Solid State Lamps or LEDs
TCP has recently added superior LED lamps into their product line. They make A19, elevator and indicator LEDs, MR16s, PARs, and a wide variety or decorative LED lamps, including chandelier lamps, globes, etc. These new LED lamps are powerful, functional, and the best of their kind. As this article goes to press, TCP is the only major manufacturer that offers LED PARS with CBCP so powerful that their 17 watt PAR38 LED can truly match a 90 watt PAR38 halogen, and their 14 watt PAR30 can truly match a 75 watt PAR30. Expect more LED products for commercial, household, retail, institutional, educational, and hospitality markets.
High Intensity Discharge (HID)
In addition to its compact fluorescents and LEDs, TCP has its own metal halide and high pressure sodium or high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, ranging from 50 to 450 watts. These metal halides come with a built in UV guard and are rated to last 10,000 to 15,000 hours. TCP offers open rated lamps in case the 10,000 to 15,000 hour rating doesn’t suit a customer’s needs. TCP HID lamps have faster start-up times and 50% faster re-strike times, once again making them a leader in this lamp category.
Cornelius Vanderkolk having come to Hawaii over 10 years ago, jumped into the lighting industry for his initial career as a consultant in calculating ROI and providing energy efficient lighting solutions servicing home owners, businesses, and commercial properties. In Hawaii where Kwh rate is some of the highest in the nation, he has been instrumental in introducing leading edge LED light bulbssolutions into the markets as they became available and first viable. With the fast evolving developments in LED lighting, he is never short of sharing the fast changing technologies amongst client, colleagues, friends and family and presenting something new that the industry has developed.
Outside his professional interests, he is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including Habitat for Humanity, church affiliate welfare programs, and participating in the Hawaii Film Festival. When it comes to outdoor actives, one can often find him climbing trails, swimming, and posting adventures and scenery photos on Facebook.