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the black whale lighting story began in 1971
On Carlsbad Boulevard in North County San Diego, California, two pioneering women named Louise Adams and Lorraine Lane opened shop in downtown Carlsbad selling lighting fixtures, lamps shades and providing lamp repair. They enjoyed much success, but wanted to travel and be closer to family so they decided to sell the store in 1982. Paul Schaeffer took over as the charismatic designer and made his main focus lamp shades, repairs and custom lamps. Paul (collected, amassed, acquired, stockpiled...) and salvaged some of Southern California's most unusual lamps. During his ownership he also brought the store back to Carlsbad from Oceanside.

fast forward twenty years to 1993
When current owners... Kirsten and Alan Recce passed by an antique store in downtown Carlsbad. With her background in antiques and personal property appraising, Kirsten was intrigued to discover a small area set aside featuring Paul's unique business of lamps. A small wooden sign with a carved black whale hung over the small repair area. A friendship resulted between Kirsten Recce and Mr. Paul Schaeffer, and three months later Kirsten purchased Paul's business.

fast forward another twenty years to 2013
THIS YEAR we celebrate twenty years in business. We started the year off by completing our fifth expansion and relocation in Coastal North County San Diego since we bought the business. We are now located in the Encinitas Towne Center next to Aaron Brothers near the corner of Leucadia Boulevard and El Camino Real in Encinitas. We hope you are as excited as we are about our new 7,500 square foot showroom - that we call home.

As we continue to settle in, we are developing many new features and interactive lighting labs to further educate and stimulate our customers' passion for lighting technology and design.

Black Whale Lighting has established itself as the largest independent lighting showroom in San Diego County - showcasing the most diverse selection of decorative and technical lighting for

your residential interiors and outdoor living spaces. Our services and products are sought out by contractors and designers alike; meeting their discriminating taste in commercial spaces, new custom homes and remodels.

We have created an outstanding team of employees who have vast lighting knowledge and a passion for what we do - serve your every lighting need. We offer in home consultation for those who need additional assistance with larger projects, and have excellent lighting certified trained staff to create your prefect lighting plan.

We invite you to come visit our new showroom to explore the opportunities and visualize the infinite possibilities for creating great lighting, green technology enhancements and loving the space you live in.
Kirsten Recce
President
Certified Lighting Specialist
Since 1993

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Kirsten has lived in Carlsbad for the past 24 years. She moved here from Maryland after meeting her future husband on a blind date in La Jolla. She purchased Black Whale Lighting in 1993. She has two children and is actively involved at both their schools and our community school districts. Kirsten enjoys volunteering, Maryland Crabs and NFL Football (Redskins specifically).
Marc Endriss
Certified Lighting Specialist
Since 2012

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Marc was recommended to us and came to BWL with nearly twenty years experience in the lighting industry. Originally from Michigan, Marc makes his home in South County San Diego with his wife and two sons. Marc enjoys his new role as grandfather to his only daughter's baby boy, an occasional round of golf, hiking, and profitable gambling trips to Las Vegas.
Lillian Moore
Lighting Consultant
Since 1994

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Lillian has been with Kirsten almost since day one. She has also lived in Carlsbad for over 25 years. She has a knack for home design as her husband was a general contractor of custom homes in Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties for many years. Lillian has reigned for many years as the Queen of lamp shades. Lillian and has found a passion in LED lighting. Lillian enjoys traveling, fine dining and her beloved Chargers.
Jenny Rowean
Certified Lighting Specialist
Since 2004

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Jenny hails from Pennsylvania and came to BWL looking for a career change from the education field. Though she had no lighting experience, she sure had a gift for making everyone get along. Jenny quickly took to our beloved lighting industry and has challenged herself to become certified and knowledgeable at everything we throw at her. Jenny resides in Solana Beach where she hangs with her husband and daughter, Emma. She likes hiking, reading and the San Diego coastline.
Ada Rodriguez
Customer Service Manager
Since 2008

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Ada graced our presence with nearly 15 years in the lighting industry. She knows everyone and can make almost anything happen. She wears many hats, but still finds time to help everyone else do their jobs too. Ada is a native San Diegan; resides in South County, loves eating, her husband and two daughters, and Vin Diesel (not necessarily in that order).
Adam B. Klein
Certified Lighting Specialist
Since 2013

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Adam also came to us with nearly twelve years in the lighting industry. We allowed him to join the team even though he is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. Adam and his wife are expecting their first child any day now - a baby girl! Adam is very passionate about lighting, nevertheless has a secret life as a foodie aficionado and in his free time he enjoys outings with the family pets.
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Kirsten Recce
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Black Whale Lighting 760-634-3113 1092 N El Camino Real Encinitas California
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