Gantom Lighting & Controls, formerly Darklight, was founded in the Spring of 2010 as a manufacturer of special-effects lighting equipment catering to the themed attraction industry. We specialize in illumination of low-light and space-constrained environments where traditional theatrical luminaires aren’t suitable.
Our “Precision” series of LED fixtures were developed with compactness, safety, modularity, and ease-of-use in mind to allow lighting designers to illuminate environments impossible to illuminate with larger fixtures. In 2011, we expanded our product line to include compact controllers that add a dynamic element to our luminaires.
In late 2012, we launched a new line of products designed for the professional lighting and architectural markets called the “Gantom” series. Our award-winning products have become the “secret weapon” of many lighting designers and industry experts and have been installed in a wide range of venues around the world including theme parks, museums, bars and clubs, casinos, and haunted attractions.
In late 2014, after experiencing an extended period of extraordinary growth, Darklight rebranded itself as Gantom to reflect our metamorphic expansion and intention to develop products beyond our original scope. In 2015, we launched our Gantom Live! division, which specializes in low-investment, interactive technology for attractions. One of Gantom’s flagship creations is the Torch Technology—infrared (IR) beacons placed throughout a venue which transmit live show data to guest wearable devices. Torch Technology was most recently used in interactive snowflakes at the holiday season ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.
2016 was a big year for us. Our Torch Technology was a recipient of the 2016 Thea Award, an honor conferred by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) in recognition of a technology’s creative potential. We also launched our ZTag product at IAAPA. In ZTag, players wear IR badges that interact not only with the environment but with each other. Our “Storm Series” release was a significant milestone; this is an entirely new product line and represents our official entry into the architectural lighting market.
Rounding out our accomplishments in 2016 was our acquisition of the Haunted Attraction Network and the creation of the Gantom Media division. Gantom Media produces several audio programs, operates multiple web properties, and distributes an industry print magazine. Gantom Media has become the largest global media entity in the haunted attraction industry.
Gantom is a combination of “Gan,” our founder’s last name, and “Phantom,” which reflects our humble Halloween lighting beginnings.
Gantom is a proud member of PLASA, USITT, IAAPA, HAA, and TEA.