About Us

Carpenter Emergency Lighting is an independently owned US manufacturer of Emergency Lighting Products and Exit signs. Located in Hamilton, NJ., we pride ourselves in offering a comprehensive product line, affordable pricing, quick deliveries and unparalleled customer service.

We trace our roots back to 1913 when our founder developed the “Beam-O-Lite”. The first of its kind, the Beam-O-Lite was designed to mount on automobiles and to serve as a search/spot light.  Soon thereafter, the “Port-O-Lite” was introduced. A portable version of the original, this high powered search light became very popular with emergency service personnel. This design has gone virtually unchanged and is now currently sold as our emergency lantern Model F5-100.

The Coconut Grove fire in 1942 spawned an entire industry and Carpenter entered the Emergency Lighting market.

The same principles we held dear then still hold today. We remain a privately held company with a varied product line that comprises not only of Emergency Lighting units and Exit Signs, but also Central Inverter Systems and Lighting Controls. We offer:

  • Contractor grade emergency lighting and Exit signs
  • LED powered Exits and Emergency Lighting units
  • Specification grade products for upscale Commercial and Retail applications
  • Industrial and Wet location products
  • Self testing and self diagnostic options
  • Remote testing solutions
  • Central inverter systems from 100 to 50,000 Watts.
  • Intelligent and reliable back up power for today’s LED based fixtures

We are proud to say that most of our products are still manufactured in the USA in our plant outside of Trenton, New Jersey. Our many years of industry expertise allow us to provide our customers with custom solutions for most any application.

Our niche has always been to be able to provide specialty, one of kind items to our customers without the hassle, expense and lead times associated with larger companies.

Our goal is to strive to be customer friendly, market driven, and simply to provide quality products for every application in a timely and affordable manner.