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Mole-Richardson

Founded by Peter Mole and Elmer C. Richardson, Mole-Richardson Co, with the intention to create new incandescent lighting to replace the less efficient Carbon Arc Light.

Having been built in a small machine shop in a garage in Hollywood, California. It was just 8 years later that the company won the first of four Academy Awards for its creation of the first Fresnel Spotlight.

In 1928, Mole-Richardson was asked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the American Society of Cinematographers to participate in their first Technical Report on Incandescent Illumination. The report published a picture of the new line of Incandescent lights from Mole-Richardson. Peter Mole became President of the SMPTE from 1951 to 1952 and stirred some controversy by embracing Television as a viable compliment to Motion Picture entertainment instead of its rival.

Based still in their founding location of California and offering a variety of products from LED, Mole Pro LEDs, Fresnels, Fays & Pars, Molebeams, Overheads and more. If you have any questions regarding their products or wish to make an enquiry, please fill in the form below and we’ll be happy to help.

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