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Over 120 years of History… Founded in 1894, The Carlisle & Finch Co. invented the first Carbon Arc Searchlight in North America, and provided this technology to the Paddlewheel Boats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. In the 1960’s, The Carlisle & Finch Co. pioneered Xenon Arc Searchlight Technology, and the Company’s products remain to this day, the standard of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Federal Prison System. In addition, The Carlisle & Finch Co. products are used worldwide in the Super Yacht Market, the Commercial Marine Market and a multitude of Foreign Militaries and Security Installations!

Leading Edge Technology… The Carlisle & Finch Co. has pioneered every searchlight innovation over the last century, including the development of Carbon Arc and Xenon Arc Searchlight Technology. In addition, the Company recently launched the NightFINDER™ Family of products, which are the first products in the world, to combine Night Vision Camera Technology and High Intensity Lighting, on the same Pan/Tilt motorized base!

Commitment to Quality... Since our earliest beginnings, our motto has always been "Quality and Reliability since 1894!".  From a Year 1909 catalog "The searchlights made by The Carlisle & Finch Co. need no introduction.  They have been manufactured for the past many years and become the standard of quality for government and individual specifications.  The name "Carlisle & Finch Co." on the nameplate of a searchlight is a guarantee of workmanship and quality."  Our vision for the future is to carry on and continue with the same inherent quality commitment we have had since 1894!  This commitment to high quality as a first regard has enabled The Carlisle & Finch Co. to have well over one hundred products with approved National Stock Numbers with the U.S. military system and thousands of satisfied customers.  The caring, unique and skilled craftspeople that make up our organization take personal pride maintaining our QUALITY and RELIABILITY reputation. All actions are taken with the needs our customers in mind.  We are certified to ISO 9001:2008 with DESIGN.  This certification was earned and awarded to us for our Quality Management System and is applicable to the design, manufacture, and sales of illumination solutions for commercial and governmental agencies.  Our present Quality Policy....."THE CARLISLE & FINCH CO. is a manufacturing organization dedicated to meet or exceed our customer's requirements by making innovative and technologically advanced products through a culture of Good Manufacturing Practices and Continuous Improvement."


NightFINDER Product earns ISS "Excellence In Innovation" Award

The International Superyacht Society, serves and represents the Yachting Industry worldwide. Society members are individuals and companies, who are taking a leadership role, in raising the standard of Super Yacht Design, Construction, Operation and Repair.