Chicagoland Electric Association Education Foundation Delivers Gifts to Chicago Area Homeless Families

Due to Covid-19, the Chicagoland Electric Association Education Foundation was not able to physically host our annual Chicago Area Homeless Children’s Christmas Party…… but that did not stop the generosity of the electrical industry. Once again, gifts for each child and their parents along with Nintendo Switches and Oculus games for each shelter were delivered by Santa on December 19th.

Steiner Wins ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program Instant Discounts Leader Award

Steiner Electric is proud to receive the Instant Discounts Leader Award for the ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program. As a member of the ComEd® Energy Efficient Program, Steiner is relied on by ComEd® to educate and train customers in the latest energy efficient LED products to maximize savings and incentives for proper energy efficiency improvements to their facilities.

ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program Instant Discounts Award given to Steiner

“Steiner has done such a great job growing with the Instant Discounts program over the course of the year. ComEd® is very excited to see this growth with such an important distributor in our territory. The Instant Discounts team unanimously agreed that Steiner deserved this award above the other 120 distributors in the program.” – ComEd® Representative, Paul Gongola 

What is the Energy Efficiency Program? 

The ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program was originally established to help customers save money and teach them to use energy more wisely through offering assessments, rebates, discounts, and recycling programs funded in compliance with state law. “We believe everyone has an equal right to safe, reliable, and affordable energy, which is why we offer programs to help customers save energy and money,” said Jane Park, senior vice president of customer operations for ComEd. 

How does it help companies reduce energy costs? 

At Steiner Electric, we work with our customers to help retrofit old lighting technology and redesign to LED lighting – which immediately provides energy savings, as well as providing a more efficient and long-lasting light. Energy savings can typically consist of 50% or greater on a given lighting retrofit or redesign project. ComEd® offers incentives for customers to take action, which helps aid in paying for these projects to be completed.

What are its benefits to the environment? 

Less energy consumed is immediately better for the environment. LED products also have a longer lifespan, meaning less waste thrown away on an annual basis. New LED lamps do not have mercury in them, as a lot of old fluorescent technology did – another positive in protecting the environment. 

Energy Savings Tips Recommended by ComEd®

  • Carefully regulate temperature settings. 
  • Reduce heat from escaping through windows. 
  • Power off any unused electronics during closed-hours or when not in use. 
  • Use less light to illuminate work areas. Only illuminate the space you need. 
  • Power off lights when rooms are unoccupied.
  • Maintain a clear area around heating and cooling vents. 

Disinfectant Lighting Technology Can Help Reduce Germs

Lighting Products that Supplement the Disinfection of Commonly Used Spaces*

The new normal hasn’t been established yet. We’re still determining what everyday life will look like for a functioning society that depends heavily on human interaction. Above all, the world is uncertain as to how long we will need to accommodate for COVID-19. Community leaders and organizations are stepping up to innovate new technologies, with the purpose of helping us safely adapt to this new way of living.  

*STEINER MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THE BENEFITS OR PERFORMANCE OF THESE PRODUCTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THESE PRODUCTS, THEIR APPLICATIONS, DIRECTIONS FOR USE AND OTHER PRODUCT INFORMATION, PLEASE REFER TO EACH MANUFACTURER’S WEBSITE. WHETHER A TECHNOLOGY IS EFFECTIVE AGAINST SARS-COV-2 WHICH CAUSES COVID-19, PLEASE REFER TO EACH MANUFACTURER’S WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

Introducing Disinfectant Lighting Technology

A concept designed to safely and efficiently reduce bacteria, molds, yeast, fungi, and when applied according to the manufacturer’s directions, this technology can eliminate up to 99.9% of the viruses in a room. Does it kill COVID-19? Good question. That information pertains to the individual manufacturer of disinfectant lighting products. You will need to review their specific statements of qualifications and product specifications (Puro Lighting, Hubbell Lighting, Kenall, Acuity Brands).

Products from these leading lighting manufacturers use different wavelengths, including UV, 405 Nanometer, or 222 Nanometer in their technologies to inactivate viruses and bacteria and to reduce pathogens on surfaces.

Application of these technologies necessitates an understanding of your environment along with other factors. Contact our lighting team in order to receive more information and to establish a better understanding of the key differences between each type of Disinfectant Lighting Technology.

Common Facilities That Use Disinfectant Lighting Technology

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Schools
  • Fitness Centers
  • Restaurants
  • Grocers
  • Retail Stores
  • Hotels
  • Office Buildings
  • Public Restrooms
  • Mass Transit
  • Any Place People Gather

A Look Back At Summer 2019

Summer 2019 has been an exciting season to say the least! The Steiner family is continuing to create new memories together. From our annual outings and fundraisers to new experiences – together, we make Steiner’s environment welcoming and thriving for all.

Saying Goodbye to Great Friends Retiring

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Steiner family. You will all be truly missed.

Don Petrovich, 20 Years of Service


Terry Boone, 17 1/2 Years of Service


Rick Ryan, 33 Years of Service

Celebrating Work Anniversaries

Thank you for your continuous devotion and loyalty to our Steiner family.

Steve Bednar and Ruperto Ramones’ 20th Anniversary


Robert Quijada’s 25th Anniversary& Florante Ramones’ 20th Anniversary


Ron Styne’s 30th Anniversary


Jack Sweeney’s 30th Anniversary

Special Events This Past Summer

Steiner Pride Week!

We express our pride in working with great people who treat one another like family 💙

Steiner Hosts 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to Raise Funds for the Alzheimer’s Association

Steiner hosted its 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! It was a fun (and yummy), memorable event – with lots of pictures taken in our photo booth and plenty of ice cream, too!  

At Steiner, we’re proud to have a core group of amazing people who dedicate time towards raising awareness and funds to fight against Alzheimer’s disease. They call themselves the Purple Winged Warriors!

Help us fight Alzheimer’s disease!


Folks at Steiner came together in memory of a family member to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society through selling handmade tie-dye shirts. Proud to be a part of such amazing support and solidarity.


22nd Annual Pig Roast – A Customer Appreciation Event

An annual event hosted at our Rockford Branch! Opportunities to network, view great products and watch demonstrations from our suppliers abounded. Fun door prizes were won and this year’s raffle had two wooden sculptures carved with a chainsaw by an amazing artist from a single piece of wood. As always, there was delicious food and live music.


Amazing Chainsaw Carver Danczyk Woodcraft Visits Steiner in Rockford

Chad Danczyk of Danczyk Woodcraft is a professional chainsaw carver who creates truly one of a kind custom wood sculptures. This summer, we invited him to be a special guest at our Annual Pig Roast – a customer appreciation event hosted at the Steiner Rockford branch. Danczyk spent a full afternoon on sight carving a hawk and cougar out of a single piece of wood. Continue reading and watch the time-lapse video….


Holocaust Survivor Magda Brown Tells Her Story to Steiner Employees and Their Families

On May 18, 2019 Steiner had the honor to host Holocaust survivor Magda Brown for 100 employees and their families, ranging in ages from 12 to 70.  Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 17. Magda has spoken to over 100,000 people the past 15 years throughout the country and internationally. Listening to Magda speak was an incredible experience, she is truly an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that we must NEVER FORGET what happened. Hers is an incredible story of courage and strength. Continue reading…. 


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The New Steiner Website Is Here!

The new Steiner website was launched to continue to give quick access to thousands of products and offer even more useful account management tools essential to the daily requirements of Contractors, MROs and OEMs. Designed to help easily manage and monitor purchasing and supply needs, the many on-demand features provide an immediate way for customers to get what they need, when they need it… giving them The Power to Connect.

Explore all the new capabilities our updated website now offers!

Steiner Hosts 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to Raise Funds for the Alzheimer’s Association

Steiner hosted its 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! It was a fun (and yummy), memorable event – with lots of pictures taken in our photo booth and plenty of ice cream, too!  

At Steiner, we’re proud to have a core group of amazing people who dedicate time towards raising awareness and funds to fight against Alzheimer’s disease. They call themselves the Purple Winged Warriors!

The Purple Winged Warriors’ Story

It has affected us all in different ways, but we will NOT go quietly into the good night…If you think about people in your life, odds are, you know someone who has Alzheimer’s or is affected by Alzheimer’s. It should make you mad, too! There is no cure yet and funding is low – we need to make our voices heard, not only when signing petitions, but by letting families and caregivers know they are not alone. 

Even if you can only give a little, you’re letting another family know that you’re on their side and they’re worth fighting for – memories matter, people matter, family matters, caregivers matter – cures matter!

If you weren’t able to make it to the fundraiser and would still like to contribute, please CLICK HERE to donate.

All donations go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association to help raise awareness for this disease, raise funds for a cure, and support caregivers and families taking care of loved ones who are battling this disease. 

#EndAlz

Amazing Chainsaw Carver Danczyk Woodcraft Visits Steiner in Rockford

Chad Danczyk of Danczyk Woodcraft is a professional chainsaw carver who creates truly one of a kind custom wood sculptures. This summer, we invited him to be a special guest at our Annual Pig Roast – a customer appreciation event hosted at the Steiner Rockford branch. Danczyk spent a full afternoon on sight carving a hawk and cougar out of a single piece of wood. Although Danczyk was feeling a bit under the weather, he provided us with an amazing chainsaw performance from start to finish. He later applied paint to the carving at his home workshop to complete the sculpture.

View this spectacular time lapse video of the chainsaw carving starting from a 6-foot tall piece of solid wood to a finely detailed work of art.

It was a privilege to have Danczyk demonstrate a chainsaw carving for our guests to enjoy.

Here’s the finished sculpture pictured from different angles. Just amazing detail all done with a chainsaw by a truly gifted artist.

See more carvings from Danczyk Woodcraft here.

Holocaust Survivor Magda Brown Tells Her Story to Steiner Employees and Their Families

On May 18, 2019 Steiner had the honor to host Holocaust survivor Magda Brown for 100 employees and their families, ranging in ages from 12 to 70.  Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 17. Magda has spoken to over 100,000 people the past 15 years throughout the country and internationally. Listening to Magda speak was an incredible experience, she is truly an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that we must NEVER FORGET what happened. Hers is an incredible story of courage and strength.

Even after experiencing horrendous torture and imprisonment her message was: “Have Faith, Fantasy, Drive and Believe that tomorrow will be better. Next to health, the next best thing is freedom, and think before you hate.”

Reflections from Some Who Attended

Thank you so much for yesterday!  Magda Brown is an incredible, strong person and I consider a hero to mankind.  This was an honor to listen to her yesterday and both Jamie and I just want to thank you and your family for allowing us that time to listen to her story!

Thanks, Tom Zapp


Thank you again for allowing us to participate in the Magda Brown presentation.  Magda really is a living lesson in poise and grace.  Kaelin and I both left on Saturday in a completely different mindset than when we walked in.  I have overheard Kae talking to her friends about the experience all weekend.  She was really moved by what she heard and in speaking to Ms. Brown after the event.

Again, we are very thankful to have been able to come and participate in something we feel is so important.

Dawn Thomas


I wanted to thank you for having Magda as a speaker on Saturday.  I have been thinking about it ever since.  What a strong wonderful woman.  She didn’t show any bitterness which amazed me.  I would be bitter forever.

Thanks again, Bernie Eadon


I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to listen to Magda’s story this past Saturday. Being part of the “last generation” that can listen to and learn from these stories directly from someone who survived the Holocaust, was an incredible experience. The way Magda described her adolescence pre WW2, the Holocaust, and the events that led her to be enslaved at Auschwitz and then transported somewhere in East Germany assembling poisonous gas was remarkable. The vividness in which Magda described the selection process and how she was separated from her mother, was sad, and heartbreaking. Simple pleasures were gone, like a shower, toiletries, shoes, clothes, and basic human decency. The precision in which the Germans conducted the work labor camps, was shocking and disturbing. Yet, throughout all these horrors and atrocities and being poisoned, Magda never lost her faith and her desire to keep dreaming and fighting. The manner in which Magda speaks and keeps her composure is elegant and joyful, to say the least. I also enjoyed her ending and reminding “the last generation” it is our responsibility to stand up to the bullies and make them our friends and to understand their point of view. They may have a broken home, or their own shortcomings, and may have been taught to show intolerance to different viewpoints and cultures.  Magda reminded us nothing is black and white, except for what is right and wrong. There are good people and bad people in this world, but there are always more good people than bad. A key takeaway from Magda’s story was “Next to your health, freedom is just as important”.  This mantra resonates loud and clear, especially when paired with the poem Magda shared with the audience. We must not allow history to repeat itself and we do this by sharing Magda’s story with our friends and family.

Sincerely, Elmer Jovel

Quench Your Thirst with a Free Pop from Steiner

Beat the summer heat and quench your thirst at Steiner’s Will Call Counters.

Enjoy a FREE 24oz bottle of ice-cold pop when you make an in-person purchase or pick up an order at one of Steiner’s eight Will Call Counters.

This thirst quenching deal runs from July 2 through July 31, 2018 or while supplies last.

A receipt of purchase or invoice for pickup must be presented at time of visit. One 24oz. bottle per visit.

Our well-stocked Will Call Counters are conveniently located across Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana, so while your picking up your supplies take a cooling respite from the dog days of summer.

Ordering Made Easier

Purchasing products to pickup is easier than ever. Order online from the Steiner website or on your smartphone using the free Steiner Mobile App.

So, place your order, and pick it up at a Will Call Counter to satisfy your thirst.

LIGHTFAIR Connects with Chicago

“Leading the way to a connected future” was a theme for this year’s LIGHTFAIR International, a show in which industry leaders showcased a variety of connectivity, ease of use, and future proof concepts.

Technologies ranged from smart, turnkey lighting systems to lamps with improved AC/DC converters to reduce flickering. Wireless technology was omnipresent with many companies staking their technologies to Bluetooth and Zigbee mesh network protocols. LiFi, the high speed bi-directional protocol that comprises multiple LEDs that form a wireless network was also seen at the show.

More than 25,000 visitors attended LIGHTFAIR 2018 in Chicago.

Other booths, filled with improved connectors, relays, filters and cabling abutted those with low powered, plug-and-play devices, more efficient control modules, ballasts and drivers, and myriad other technologies. Even the most disparate product, seemingly, played a role in furthering the connectivity and ease-of-use concept at this annual event held this year on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Back to Chicago

LIGHTFAIR, the annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society and the International Association of Lighting Designers, ran for a total of 5 days at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Held in Chicago for the first time since 1995, the event drew more than 25,000 attendees. A two-day, pre-show conference held May 6-7 led off the show, followed by three days of exhibits and more conferences.

Amid that throng was a group of more than 100 Steiner customers who caravanned to the show from Steiner’s new Lighting Technology Center (LTC) in Chicago. The group came on buses that originated from Steiner’s Elk Grove and Rockford facilities. The group stopped to breakfast and tour the LTC, and then head to the LIGHTFAIR show with the lighting experts from Steiner.

Steiner distributes lighting and lighting control products from several of the companies who were exhibiting at LIGHTFAIR. Here are a few of those companies:

Steiner Suppliers at 2018 Lightfair (sampling of vendors)
Acuity Brands
* Juno Lighting, Inc.
* Lithonia
Eaton
* Cooper Lighting
Hubbell Lighting
Leviton
Lutron
Philips
RAB

To learn more about the constantly changing array of lighting options or make an appointment to view the new Lighting Technology Center, contact (800) STEINER (783-4637).

A Gamut of Applications

While LED technology was ubiquitous, of course, what was most telling was not the amount of LEDs on display, but its breadth of use. Indoors to outdoor. From glamorous booths showing refined interiors and exteriors to artistic, futuristic booths of many colors and design shapes, companies from around the world found ways to showcase LED technology. Robust LED technology helped display smart city street lighting to horticultural lighting solutions.

Most of the industry’s leading companies exhibited at the show, including many whose products are distributed by Steiner’s lighting division, and showcased wireless management systems facilitated by LED technology and augmented by sensor technologies.

Traditionally, individual rooms feature separate, individual control systems. A thermostat on the wall takes care of comfort controls; light switches or dimmers control lighting; and shades may have another type of controller, or, equally possible, a pull cord.

Whether for new construction, retrofits or multi-phase construction projects, these wireless light management systems are meant to simplify the installation, setup and management of lighting systems and also will reduce energy usage from lighting by as much as 50-75 percent.

Lutron Vive wireless management system.

The systems, showcased by a variety of company’s such as Acuity Brands (nLight AIR), Lutron (Vive), Philips (Hue), Eaton (WaveLinx), and more, utilize user-friendly interfaces, set-it-and-forget it control options, and a variety of sensors ranging from occupancy, temperature, quantity and quality of light, etc. .  Each technology easily accessible from any smartphone, web browser or similar device.

Acuity Brands’ nLight Air.

The total room automation wireless devices, which are compliant to  multiple municipal building codes such as ASHRAE 90.1-2016 and Title 24-2016, combined everything from HVAC, lighting and shade control systems to additional building automation devices such as for security and fire awareness into a single platform with a simplified user interface.

These devices are, for a large degree, scalable. This allows contractors, facility managers and others to utilize the technology at their own pace and integrate the technologies use as desired. They can grow from single rooms to whole floors and to entire buildings and campuses. They can turn simple structures into smart buildings with IoT capabilities.

As one company put it, these connected lighting solutions are designed with intelligent power to enhance everyday life; from personalizing smart home solutions that cater to homeowners’ lifestyle needs, to empowering city leaders to improve the safety and quality of life in their communities, and streamlining facilities management and operations for businesses worldwide.

Innovation Awards

Preceding and setting the stage for the trade-show opening was the announcement of the winners of the prestigious LFI Innovation Awards.  These awards highlight the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months.

The 2018 LFI Innovation Awards drew 238 entries spanning 14 categories, with each submission judged by an independent panel of lighting professionals. Winning entries exemplified the best in innovative design and thinking.

Richard Wyton of Steiner Electric, a judge at this year’s LIGHTFAIR International, presents LFI Innovation Judges Citation Award to Randy Reid of Resilient, Lumefficient

One of the 7 judges from the IES and the IALD was Richard Wyton, a well-known, corporate lighting consultant with Steiner Electric. Wyton said that each product was scrupulously examined and the vast number of entries were whittled down to 14 entrants and finally down to 1 overall winner and a total of 18 winners in various categories. 

The all-star panel of judges honored a broad range of technologies. Several of the awards went to companies whose products are distributed by Steiner.
For instance, multiple innovative LED lighting solutions from Acuity Brands earned top recognition. Winning lighting solutions from Acuity Brands included:

  • Juno FlexConnect(TM) luminaires won both the competition`s overall

    Acuity Brands Juno FlexConnect won a Design Excellence Award.

    Design Excellence Award and its Best of Category award in the Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cover, Strips and Tape category. FlexConnect luminaires incorporate the industry’s smallest and most configurable linear optic system, and are ideal for wall grazing, wall washing, and other architectural lighting applications.

  • CHISEL family of luminaires from Mark Architectural Lighting(TM) won Best of Category in the Commercial Indoor Luminaires category. CHISEL indirect, recessed luminaires present soft luminous gradients and textures that can bring depth and character to any design.
  • Quantum® ELM2LF Fixed Optics emergency luminaires from Lithonia Lighting® won Best of Category in the Industrial, Vandal Emergency and Exit category. The Quantum ELM2LF emergency luminaires combine the latest LED and optical technologies to deliver an easy to install wall-mount design featuring fixed optics. This design requires no contractor aiming, yet provides uniform distributions.
  • IOTA Engineering, recently acquired by Acuity Brands, won Best of Category in the Ballasts and Drivers category for its Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) emergency lighting LED battery pack.

“This year`s recognition from the LFI Innovation Awards reflects our commitment to continuous innovation in the lighting space,” said Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President, Sarah Golish.  “Winning multiple Best of Category awards and the Design Excellence award further underscores our commitment to offering our customers great lighting solutions that blend quality of lighting and performance.”

Philips Lighting

Another Steiner supplier to win an LFI award was Philips Lighting, which utilized its LED expertise to win the category of Parking, Roadway and Area Luminaires.

Philips’ Gardco PureForm LED site and area luminaires family won an LFI award for Best in Category in the Parking, Roadway and Area Luminaires category.

Philips’ winning entry, the Gardco PureForm luminaire, available to view at the Steiner Lighting Technology Center, combines LED performance and advanced LED thermal management technology with a distinct purity of style to provide outdoor area lighting that is both energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The family of products includes a bollard, post top, wall sconces and medium and large area luminaires. The entire family can be integrated with a range of control options to easily connect your entire site.

Technology Never Stops

The 2019 LIGHTFAIR International is scheduled for May 19 – 23, 2019, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.

You don’t have to wait until next year, however. You can tap into the lighting expertise of Steiner. For further information, and to speak with an experienced Steiner lighting and controls application engineer, please call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637).

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness month, and it is the mission of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America to spread awareness and raise funds with hope to discovering a cure. Huntington’s Disease (HD) has been called the “quintessential family disease” because every child of a parent with HD has a 50 percent chance of carrying the faulty, deadly gene.

On May 20, the Illinois chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) celebrated the 14th Annual Illinois Chapter Team Hope Walk. The event, held at the Grand Pavilion on the “Riverwalk” in downtown Naperville, gathered families and friends to support each other and raise funds. For the 2nd consecutive year, Steiner Electric was a corporate sponsor.

Huntington’s Disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Symptoms usually appear between ages 30 to 50, and can worsen over a 10 to 25-year period. HD causes a lessening in a person’s physical and mental abilities during the prime years to work.

Approximately 30,000 Americans are symptomatic of the disease, and more than 200,000 others are at-risk of inheriting a gene that over time can mutate and trigger HD symptoms. Within many families, multiple generations have inherited this expanded gene.

According to the HDSA, those at risk of inheriting HD can take a test to find  out if they’re carrying the faulty gene. Symptoms of HD varies from person to person, even within the same family. The progression of the disease can be roughly divided.

Donations to the HDSA advocacy group supports research into new therapies, provides services and referrals to HD families and individuals trying to cope with the effects of the disease, and expands educational programs and develops informational materials to bring great awareness and further education about HD into three stages. In the early stage, HD usually includes subtle changes in coordination. In the middle stage, movement disorder becomes more pronounced, and in the late stage, the person with HD is dependent on others for their care as their brain cells decrease.

To learn more about HD, and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or phone (800) 345-HDSA.