Sharmila Kumbhat – A women entrepreneur acin...

Sharmila Kumbhat – A women entrepreneur acing the Architectural Lighting space

Ms. Sharmila Kumbhat , Director , K-Lite Industries, Chennai  started her professional career at the early age of sixteen in a grill manufacturing unit  “Metal Craft” supporting her father Mr. Dilip Kumbhat.   At the age of nineteen she won “Best Female Entrepreneur Award” presented to her by the Chief minister of Tamil Nadu .  Later, she studied in   U.S., Parsons School of Design in New York. Widely  traveled around the world and gained further experience and understanding from different cultures; which continuously influenced her design and business acumen.   While living in the United States, she started and ran two very successful export oriented companies  Due to her urge to come home in order to be more directly involved in homeland, coupled with  the emotional quotient of bringing up her children in India, she joined K-lite in 2011 and within a short span of time, she was able to prove herself, earning title of “Director of New Business Development”.    K-lite has broken into international markets , progressed tremendously and the company’s turnover has increased by more than four hundred percent under her directorship. In 2017-2018, she went to Dubai and won “Asia One- World’s Greatest Brands” for K-lite’s architectural lighting & poles.

In 1977 K-LITE began a long journey of innovation in lighting products, chasing the dream of light. Light allows us to realize the possibilities of our imagination.  The quality of light influences the quality of life and it is clear that light must combine technique and emotions contemporaneously, defining new values, meanings, feelings, culture, comfort etc., overcoming the simple light – dark dichotomy. K-Lite, through their innovative outlook, have showcased a whole range of  new  products under various portfolios. The range is all the more very special because of the light source  viz., energy saving, environment friendly “green” lighting with LED.  The application with innovative  design using  LED includes retail lighting, office lighting, consumer luminaires, architectural lighting, facade lighting, pathway lighting, in-ground luminaire, tree-uplighter, up-down lighting, billboard lighting, vertical light bars, wall washers, area lighting poles and above all, street lighting with  sleek polar  lighting solutions, an instant hit. The creative and  innovative designs are there to see for yourselves in our outdoor luminaires.

The range of outdoor luminaires  are very popular and extensively used in many prestigious locations throughout the country. Street Lighting at Amritsar Golden Temple Complex, Varanasi City , Chandigarh- Mohali Highway etc., are standing proofs of our outstanding outdoor lighting projects. K-LITE has the expertise to manufacture ‘custom built’ luminaires. Almost since inception, we are  closely associated with the Indian Railways, catering to their wide range of Luminaire requirements.

Proximity of Indian Railway’s most prestigious Passenger Coach Building Unit, Integral Coach Factory, and our capability to manufacture and test the  custom-built luminaires enabled K-Lite to be in the forefront of their developmental  activities and cater to the specially designed luminaire requirements of prestigious Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, “Palace on Wheel” EMUs, Jaipur Metro, Delhi Metro, Bangalore Metro  and above all the latest Kolkata-Metro and Sri Lankan  Metro coaches.