2019 marked our 25th anniversary. Since our inception, we have been committed to delivering exceptional products and services to specifiers and contractors. We continue to celebrate all of those who played a crucial role in supporting Focal Point since day one and will remain part of our success for years to come.

Peter Thornton Sr.

"They (the Thornton children) never shied away from a problem. They maintain the integrity of the product. They don't do anything slipshod. And that's why it's the company that it is. There's no doubt about it. I see that every day. And in the people they hire, they want excellence and they won't settle for anything less."

- Peter Thornton Sr.
Company Founder

Focal Point Through the Years

  • 1994

  • Founded by Peter Thornton Sr. and children

  • First presence at LIGHTFAIR International


    First products introduced are linear luminaires and architectural troffers

  • 40,000 sq. ft. facility

  • 1996

  • Skydome® recessed 2', 3' and 4' luminaires are introduced


  • 1998

  • Luna® troffers are introduced


  • 1999

  • New headquarters and 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility at 4201 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago

  • Verve® I and Verve II are introduced making them some of the first T5 luminaires on the market.


  • 2003

  • Twelve linear luminaire is introduced


  • 2004

  • Capacity added with 56,000 sq. ft. facility

  • Avenue® A & B are introduced


  • 2006

  • LEAN manufacturing introduced throughout production facilities

  • 2007

  • Enters downlight business with ID MR16 family


  • Equation® troffers are introduced


  • 2008

  • Avenue 6 becomes Focal Point’s first TechZone compatible luminaire

    avenue 6

  • 2009

  • New headquarters at 4141 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, and addition of 200,000 sq. ft. of production space


  • The LEED Gold certified building also becomes the showcase for Focal Point products


  • 2010

  • The first LED luminaires are introduced, the ID 4.5" LED downlight family

    ID LED

  • Seem® 4 is introduced

    Seem 4

  • 2011

  • ISO 9001 certified

  • 2012

  • Recognized in top 3 architectural lighting manufacturers by Contract magazine

  • 2013

  • Addition of 30,000 sq. ft. of space with building at 3835 W. 42nd street

  • Theory® is introduced and makes the cover of Architectural Lighting magazine


  • 2014

  • Expands LED luminaire offering with Seem LED, Luna LED


    Nivo and ID high ceiling downlights receive a 2014 Next Generation Luminaire (NGL) award

  • 42nd Street renamed Peter Thornton Sr. Way, recognizing Focal Point’s contribution to Chicago manufacturing

    Thornton Way

  • 2016

  • Nera® linear & pendant are introduced


    Nera obtains prestigious 2016 Next Generation Luminaire (NGL) award and 2016 PIA Award.


  • ID+ 3.5" family introduced


  • 2018

  • Enters the acoustical lighting market with Seem 1 Acoustic and Skydome Edge Acoustic


  • Skydome Edge is launched, featuring edge-lighting technology

    Skydome Edge

  • 2019

  • Acoustic Solutions portfolio expands with the introduction of Seem 1 Acoustic Trio.


    Seem 1 Acoustic Trio receives a 2019 Record Products award from Architectural Record.

    Seem 1 Acoustic Trio

  • Vertically-integrated operations with 350,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing, warehousing and headquarters at 42nd street and S. Pulaski Rd., in Chicago

  • Acquired by Legrand on February 27, 2020