National Electric Light Association

Differentiation should be made between the National Electric Light Association and the National Electric Lamp Association. The latter was a holding company, established in 1901, in which many small lamp manufacturers banded together to compete against the General Electric Company. The former was an organization of companies with a common interest. It had it's first meeting in February of 1885. It is of historical interest to mention that Franklin Silas Terry was a founding member of both groups. Terry was the founder of the Sunbeam Incandescent Lamp Company in Chicago in the year 1889. He was also a cofounder of the National Electric Lamp Company (later the National Electric Lamp Association). The cofounders of the National Electric Light Association were Terry, G.S. Bowen and Charles A. Brown.