Our Story

In 1982, while E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was breaking box office records and Michael Jackson’s Thriller was on the way to being the bestselling album of all time, a small lighting control company called SELC was launched in the tiny coastal town of Belmullet, Ireland.

Our goal was to simply build a more efficient and affordable lighting solution. We didn’t set out to disrupt an industry. From smart dimmable electronic ballasts to the first hardened long-life photocells to launching the world’s most accurate solar time switch, SELC has continuously pushed boundaries and broken new ground with street lighting control technology.

Today, we have more lighting control nodes deployed in North America than anyone else. Through partnerships with Itron and Sensus, residents, cities and utilities are able to enjoy the benefits of lighting control technology with the peace of mind that it is built to last.

Although the goal was never to be the next E.T. or Thriller, with millions of lighting control products deployed, we’ve proven that SELC is a driving force in the industry and might know a thing or two about lighting.

Our History, 1982 - Present

1982

SELC founded in Belmullet Ireland

1983

Releases long life (>25Years) photocell

1989

Opens manufacturing plant

1991

First SME to achieve ISO 9001

1992

Opens United Kingdom office

1998

Launches the world's most accurate solar time switch

1999

Wins National Innovation Award

2000

Unveils world’s first dimmable electronic ballast

2007

Partners with StreetLight Vision and releases a Powerline based Central Monitoring (CMS) system

2009

Awarded the EU ‘Green Light’ for its work on the ‘e-street’ program – an intelligent street lighting installation in Oslo, Norway – the first of its kind in the world

2010

ESB (Ireland’s largest utility company) takes a strategic shareholding in the company through its cleantech investment arm

2011

Completes the first intelligent street lighting solution in South Africa (Durban)

2011

Unveils the world’s first wireless (RF) photocell (with Class 3 energy metering)

2012

Introduces DALI protocol into its Smart Ballasts and Wireless Photocells

2013

Develops a low cost range of photocells

2014

Partners with Silver Spring Networks (now Itron) — a global leader in AMI networks for electric utilities

2015

Delivers the worlds largest streetlight control and monitoring system

2016

Sells the legacy photocell business to founder Sean Noone

2017

Acquired by Xylem, a global smart water and smart infrastructure solutions provider

2018

First node to achieve accreditation for 0.5% metrology accuracy from TESCO (Revenue-grade)