Rüdiger Paulmann opens his own sales agency for luminaires in 1968 based on his years of professional experience in the industry. One thing soon became clear to him: Nobody was offering decorative light bulbs. The most exquisite, beautifully shaped luminaires are sold with boring standard lamps.
The entrepreneur has a creative mind, which leads him to start with a series of tests in the basement of his home in Wennigsen in 1975. After several months, he successfully produces the first refined incandescent light bulbs. Many more decorative ideas soon follow, like smoked or mirrored lamps, ice crystals, ice crystal amber and crocoisite, as well as the popular gold light, which emits a warm, soft light for living rooms.
This is the year, when halogen cable systems are added to the product range. These were previously only used in commercial settings. Like many of the lighting solutions that followed, these are universally useful for anyone. The Paulmann team grows each year in line with the many new light ideas the company develops.
Recessed luminaires become the main focal point of the product range. Even back then, customers appreciate the great selection of Paulmann products. Today, Paulmann is a market leader in this product category.
1990 – 1993
The first sales subsidiary is established in Austria in 1990. The next one opens its doors in France in 1993. From now on, Paulmann subsidiaries and agencies crop up all over Europe. The development of high-end products developed by an in-house design team is met with much enthusiasm in many countries.
Construction of a modern logistics centre in Springe-Völksen begins. The company migrates its IT environment to the SAP management system.
The last remaining incandescent lamps are phased out in line with the provisions of an EU Directive. Paulmann is in a position to offer attractive and viable alternatives based on LED technology, as well as energy-saving lamps, low-voltage and halogen mains voltage products.