We are Afghanistan war vets, in combat together when Tyler was wounded by an IED (improvised explosive device). We were separated after deployment and struggled with the effects of combat, but have reunited and created our business, Tri State Lighting. Now that we are back together, we are overcoming adversity and rediscovering purpose through providing meaningful service in the permanent lighting industry.
We offer a variety of services to accommodate the lighting needs of home and business owners, such as landscape, string, and holiday lighting. However, we are an authorized dealer of Gemstone Lights, so our flagship service is permanent, customizable, app-controlled lighting. There is a one-time installation for this product since the lights are wired and spaced nine inches apart in custom tracks, electronically color-matched, and then skillfully cut to fit and fastened to the soffits of homes or on various locations at places of business.
With Gemstone Lights, we bring a permanent solution for lighting homes and businesses year-round through a system that enables our customers to control each bulb, addressing its color, brightness, whether it’s on/off, and its zone. In addition to this, there are pre-built patterns that can be downloaded and displayed on the system at the stroke of a finger. These patterns include college/professional sports teams, architectural lighting, Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and much more. Each pattern can also be edited, where the customer can change the color, speed, and movement (whether the lights chase, fade, twinkle, etc…) and can even be set on a timer.
All things considered, as much as we love this product and believe the benefits far outweigh the cost, we are most thankful for how the permanent lighting business has enabled us to overcome despondency from the war and reconnect to society in a meaningful way. From the first steps we take with customers after they contact us, we start building a personal relationship that transcends our services to them, culminating in smiles of enjoyment as they are consistently shocked by the capabilities of the Gemstone lighting system. We care about all customers, no matter what their backgrounds may be. Ultimately, seeing the faces of customers light up after we’ve completed our job is what has helped us move forward in finding our place in society after the war, feel like we’re finally able to move past our disposition of having no further value or purpose than what we did in Afghanistan, and positively impact the lives of people as we provide extraordinary lighting and meaningful service.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Levi J. Halloran & Tyler R. Brannon (owners)