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Connecticut Lighting Centers In The Community

“There’s only one thing people remember — your name and what kind of person you were. Giving back is what it is really about.” – David Director.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers & Restoration Lighting Gallery in Hartford and Southington, giving back has always been part of what we do. It’s a way of life. It’s never a question of “why,” rather it’s a lifestyle and part of our business model. As a family owned and locally operated business, we support many local organizations that have a direct impact right in our own community.

Our community involvement is led by our President, David Director, who is involved in multiple community activities and organizations, including five non-profit boards. David has been recognized both locally and nationally for his charitable efforts. Giving back has always been at the center of David’s life. Both of his parents, the late Arthur Director (former President of Connecticut Lighting Centers), and the late Edythe Director taught David the importance of helping others.

Some of the Charitable Organizations We Support

Community Awards

  • National ARTS Award: Winner 1996, 2014
  • Home Builders Association of Connecticut: Distinguished Service Award 2000
  • Hartford County Home Builders Association: Associate of the Year 2002, 2008
  • Rushford Center: Friends of Rushford Award; Community Spirit Award 2004
  • Accolades Awards for Giving – Presented by the Hartford Business Journal & American Lung Association 2004
  • Middlesex Chamber: Distinguished Citizen Award 2004
  • Franklin Avenue Merchants Association: Businessman of the Year Award 2006
  • Scoutreach Committee of the Connecticut Rivers Council: Boy Scouts of America – 2008 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award
  • Connecticut SBA Award: Jeffrey Butland Family – Owned Business of the Year 2008
  • Quinnipiac University: Distinguished Alumni Award 2008
  • Connecticut Retail Merchants Association: Retailer of the Year 2010
  • Boy Scouts of America: James E. West Fellowship Award: November 2011 Good Scout Award
  • Betta Gamma Sigma National Award: National Entrepreneurship Medallion Award for Business Innovation & Service to Humanity 2012
  • Residential Lighting: Industry Leadership Award 2012
  • Hartford Business Journal: Family Business Awards – 2013 Finalist, 2014 Third Place Winner
  • Lighting One: National Member of the Year Award 2015
  • Lighting One: Humanitarian Award 2016
  • Israel Bonds: Independence Issue Award
  • Local Leaders, Local Legends 2016 Leadership Award: Presented by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County
  • Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Visionary Leader Award: Winner 2018, David Director
  • Best Companies To Work For In Hartford, 2018

Community Events

  • Rushford Golf Tournament
  • WTIC Holiday Store/Salvation Army



Best Hartford Companies

Connecticut Lighting Centers was named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Hartford by Zippia!

Children's Champions Awards

The 2018 Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Children’s Champions Awards event. Pictured is David Director (left) and NBBBS President Andrew Fleischmann (right).

Salvation Army 2014

The 2014 WTIC 1080 Holiday Store event. Pictured (middle) is David Director, President of CT Lighting, Ray Dunaway (l) from WTIC 1080 and Major Brian Glasco (r), Greater Hartford Area Coordinator for the Salvation Army.

Director_Salvation Army Holiday Store 2011

The 2011 WTIC 1080 Holiday Store event. Pictured is David Director (left), President of CT Lighting, Ray Dunaway (middle) from WTIC 1080 and Major Brian Glasco (right), Greater Hartford Area Coordinator for the Salvation Army.

Boy Scouts

Recipients of the 2011 Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America Connecticut Rivers Council are (left to right): David A. Director, president of CT Lighting Centers, Norman A. Needleman, CEO Tower Laboratories, Inc. and Michael J. DiPiro, Life Scout Sam Clark, 15, Troop 16 chartered by Third Congregational Church in Middletown, Teresa J. Opalacz, Michael A. Sokolowski, and Welles R. Guilmartin from Guilmartin DiPiro Sokolowski, LLC.

CT Science Center_2014

Cutting the ribbon at the Connecticut Science Center for their Energy City exhibit is Todd Director (far right), Vice President of Connecticut Lighting Centers, CSC’s Hank Gruner, Northeast Utilities Director Matt Gibbs, Frank Webb’s Bath Center Showroom Manager Wanda Garay, F.W. Webb Company Account Manager John Blades.

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