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ABOUT US

Our Goal:
Our goal is to provide a complete selection of lighting products for every application and every budget while maximizing quality and style. We understand the dramatic effect lighting can have on the way a space looks, feels, and functions, and we're here to help you get your lighting right.

Our History:
Charles "Chuck" Feldman started Universal Lamp in 1949 in the basement of his parents' home in Toronto. At first he imported porcelain and 'Capodimonte' vases, giftware and figurines from Italy. Before long he began to import the parts needed to convert some of these items into lamps.

It didn't take long for Chuck to outgrow the space in his parents home and he moved to larger premises at 343 Adelaide Street West. There the product line expanded to include a wide range of table and floor lamps as well as coffee tables. Working from his showroom and showcasing at wholesale trade shows, the business quickly grew. In 1962 the company moved once again to 647 King Street West, where it built a strong reputation and loyal customer following. A wide range of lighting fixtures was added to the rapidly expanding product line.

Once again, the company outgrew its space and so in 1971 Chuck took the biggest step of his working years and moved to a huge new facility on Cartwright Avenue, our current location. Chuck established what became known as one of the premier lighting showrooms in Canada. While the company has expanded its product offering, moved into numerous new commercial markets for specific lighting products, and developed an expertise in residential and commercial lighting design, it remains committed to the core principal of serving our customers in a friendly and caring manner, just as Chuck did the first time he opened his doors.

Presidents' Message:
We invite you to experience Universal Lamps' wonderful world of lighting. You will find an amazing array of lighting products that combine outstanding quality, style and incredible value. We pride ourselves on our stellar expert advice and our warm family business atmosphere.

Since 1949 we have been providing lighting solutions and working closely with architects, designers, contractors, builders, and homeowners. Over the years our company has grown to become one of the greatest suppliers of lighting products in Canada.

Our goal is to provide a complete selection of lighting products for every application and budget while maximizing quality and style. In addition to our e-commerce site, we maintain a large facility located in the middle of the Greater Toronto Area that is stocked with over 20,000 items from the best manufacturers in the industry from all around the world.

Lighting is our only business. With so many changes in lighting technology these days, our sole focus on lighting ensures that we can continually provide the expert advice and award winning lighting consultation services that we are famous for. We understand the dramatic effect lighting can have on the way a space looks, feels and functions, and we're here to help you get your lighting right!

We invite you to explore our website and to come visit our luminous showroom in Toronto.

Share our passion for brilliance!

Elise Cohen & Marla Young
Presidents


At the furniture show - Toronto's CNE (circa 1961)



One of the first lamps we made, and still in use today! (circa 1950)



Chuck in the current showroom on Cartwright Ave. (circa 1973)