Glowing German orbs alight in U.S.
An American entrepreneur brings European light balls to the U.S. market.
(FORTUNE Small Business) -- A dinner party changed Dieter Kondek's life.
The German-born entrepreneur was talking with friends, expressing his distaste for the lighting designs of the hotel and resort developments opening around his home in Cape Coral, Fla., when the topic of the German company Moonlight surfaced. It manufactures glowing orbs that can light a room, illuminate a path, or float in a pool.
"They create light like the moon," says Kondek, 52. "This is what was fascinating to us."
Intrigued, Kondek researched the company and found that the polyethylene globes can withstand temperatures from -40° to 170° Fahrenheit, range in size from 13 to 30 inches in diameter, and be powered with rechargeable batteries or hardwired into an outlet.
He also discovered that while Moonlight's products were decorating wealthy homes in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, they had yet to reach the U.S. So in November, after 30 years in the high-tech field, Kondek, along with his wife and two friends, launched Moonlight U.S.A. and became the exclusive U.S. distributor.
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