About Lumenture

We are a lighting company focused on both functional and discreet lighting solutions.

Our Core Principles


We believe lighting should be timeless and blend seamlessly into any environment – from storefronts to museum exhibits. We achieve this with an obsessive eye for detail, a thoughtful development process, and by always thinking in terms of simplicity and clarity.


Our products are designed using premium LEDs, innovative optics and advanced materials – resulting in fixtures that are not only visually stunning but also on the cutting edge of technology.

Leadership Team

James Leahy


Lumenture was founded by James Leahy – a lighting industry visionary and innovator. Prior to Lumenture, James founded Solais Lighting – a venture-backed LED lighting company that achieved a breakthrough in design, engineering and sales success in the hypercompetitive early market for LED lamps and fixtures. Solais was sold to PowerSecure Lighting in 2012.

Prior to Solais, James was president of Wiedenbach-Brown – a premier national lighting distributor. James has an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Columbia University.

Peter Colman

VP of Sales

Peter is an experienced lighting professional with +17 years in the lighting industry.  In his current role, he will drive sales efforts drawing from his sales management, multi-channel and cross-platform background.

Prior to Lumenture, Peter has held positions ranging from business development in New York City along with Lightolier National Accounts to global next steps taking him to the Middle East, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific Region.

Brett Hilkemann

VP of Sales

Brett Hilkemann leads the sales effort with his 18+ years of experience working for lighting manufacturers. He will build Lumenture’s commercial sales channel with agents and distributors from his home base outside Chicago.

Prior to Lumenture, Brett was Director of Sales for Soraa and previously was at ConTech / Leviton Lighting as well as Cree and Lightolier. He is a graduate of Illinois State University with an Honors Degree in Finance.

Karolina Purdy

Director of Operations

Karolina Purdy is a supply chain professional with international experience gained from living and working in Lithuania, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States. She is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K., where she studied marketing and supply chain management. Prior to Lumenture, Karolina was the supply chain manager of Solais Lighting, where she coordinated the purchasing and logistics for thousands of products and numerous factories in both China and the United States. Karolina’s prior experience includes working in sales and operational roles of increasing responsibility at Fuji Xerox and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

Kyle Rutkunas

Director of Engineering

Kyle Rutkunas is an experienced mechanical design engineer with a strong foundation in the lighting industry. Prior to joining Lumenture, Kyle worked for 5 years at Solais Lighting, where he became highly knowledgeable of the many manufacturing processes and methods that are required to bring reliable LED lighting fixtures to market. Working closely with international partners, Kyle has helped design and develop products for both indoor and outdoor applications and is excited to bring his talents to the team. Kyle is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Designing Great Light Fixtures – And Having Fun Doing It!

At Lumenture, we set out to create great lighting fixtures, and have FUN doing it! We are passionate about what we do and believe that is reflected in our innovative products. Together with our industry partners, we look forward to continuing our Lumen-adventure @ Lumenture!