What are the Benefits of Shopping a Cooperative?

What if the money that homeowners, builders, and interior designers spent on lighting stayed in their local community? What if the customers was as important as the bottom line? What if a family business stayed in the family? There is a better way to live, to work, to give, to prosper, to connect, to shop, and to grow, and cooperatives are part of the solution.


A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.

– International Cooperative Alliance


Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, equality, and equity. Businesses that operate in a cooperative are guided by the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.

Cooperatives help build a better world by creating:

  • Stronger communities
  • Sustainable businesses
  • More empowered owners

Lighting One is proud to have a built a strong cooperative that includes more than 300 showrooms across North America. Unlike big box retailers or franchise chains, we allow our member showrooms to retain their independence and make decisions that benefit their business, and more importantly, their customers’ lives. This allows them to meet the needs of homeowners, builders, or anyone who comes into the store looking for new lighting.

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