Lutron Founder Joel Spira Dies at 88
Lutron Electronics founder Joel Spira died Wednesday at the age of 88.
According to an obituary published in the Allentown Morning Call, Spira died of natural causes at his home in Bucks County, Pa.
Spira founded Lutron Electronics Company in 1961 in New York City, two years after he is generally credited with inventing the solid state dimmer. Over the next five decades he built Lutron into a significant company with over 15,000 products.
Spira received the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. The same year, he donated materials from Lutron’s history to the Smithsonian’s Electricity Collection.
“Saving energy is at the core of what we do. I continue to be amazed by the societal impact that Lutron products have had in the form of energy savings," Spira said in his 2010 CEDIA speech.