“Lighting is more fun and exciting than it’s ever been”: Larry Sayah on Lights Fantastic, LED lighting, and more.

With the constant debacle in regards to home living and environmental consciousness, lights and fixtures are a hot topic. Over the years, we’ve shifted from incandescent lighting, fluorescent lighting, and now to LED lighting, and Larry Sayah, the owner of Lights Fantastic, has been there for it all.

“Lighting is more fun and exciting than it’s ever been,” Sayah says. “LED saves a lot of energy, produces better color. That is the future.”

Sayah is an MIT alumnus with a background in engineering. He came to Texas from Pennsylvania in 1965. While building a house in Dallas, he was frustrated at the fact that he was not able to find a place to purchase contemporary lighting. Having previously purchased Fleco, Fluorescent Light Equipment Co., Sayah turned his eye over to a new market and converted Fleco’s manufacturing operation, Texas Fluorescents, into a showroom.

A look inside Sayah’s Lights Fantastic Pro showroom (Photo credit: Tammany Stern)

“I’m an engineer by education,” Sayah says. “I have expertise in manufacturing pretty much anything.”

Sayah’s ambition drove him to open Lights Fantastic stores and showrooms across Texas, with locations in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. However, due to economic downfalls, Sayah was forced to reduce the number of stores from 26 to three, with one in Austin and Dallas each, and a Lights Fantastic Pro store in The Colony.

“Lights Fantastic Pro on 121 is the only store in the country that showcases all the variations of LED fixtures and how to use them,” Sayah says. “We have bedroom lights, kitchen lights, outdoor lights, and so much more.”

Since opening the first of the Lights Fantastic stores, Sayah has been up-to-date with lighting trends. Currently, he believes LED is the next big revolution in lighting.

Sayah’s Lights Fantastic Pro showroom is located in The Colony, TX (Photo credit: Tammany Stern)

“LED light bulbs use about a third of the energy of incandescent bulbs,” Sayah says. “You can order them in different colors so you can have different colors for different types of environments. They last about three to four times longer than regular bulbs and use less energy.”

Apart from the bulbs, Sayah also sells one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. One of his most notable creations is a fixture on which the color of the light changes in accordance with wind pressure, allowing the owner to know whether or not the weather will be inclement on that day.

Although his products are innovative and game-changing, Sayah still runs into problems all business owners come across.

“Finding good people to work with is always a struggle,” Sayah says. “You have to have a passion for it. You have to know your product inside and out. Not very people know much about LED, but they are able to pick it up quickly.”

Sayah pictured with his son, Jon (left), who serves as the President of Saylite (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

Sayah currently employs over 450 people across his three stores, and his manufacturing company, SayLite, formerly known as Texas Fluorescents. Most of his employees have been with him for 20 to 30 years. His son, Jon, works with him side-by-side and serves as the President of Saylite.

For information on Sayah’s store and showroom locations, visit http://lightsfantastic.com/