WE STARTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN AND HAVE BEEN EVOLVING EVER SINCE.
Princeton Tec is based in a part of New Jersey that was significantly invested in manufacturing from the 1800’s until the 1970’s. While the region’s focus has shifted over the years, our company has not wavered in our promise: To create tools that help professionals of all types stay safe. Products that allow the boldest athletes to push their limits and raise the bar for what is possible. Lights that simply help you make the most of your precious spare time.
It all started 40 years ago in Princeton, New Jersey. Bill Stephens was running the dive shop he founded, and punching the clock at his day job. An engineer by day; an entrepreneur by night.
When Bill’s 9 to 5 tried to relocate the Stephens family to Indianapolis, far away from the Atlantic Ocean where he loved to dive, Bill quit and refocused on manufacturing the industry’s first automatic dive timer – he affectionately dubbed it the “Bottom Timer.” This was the beginning of Princeton Tec.
Over the years, Scuba lights began to take over the PTEC line up. Eventually, Princeton Tec expanded its lighting solutions to fit the needs of more than just divers. Presently, PTEC develops and manufactures personal lighting systems for outdoor, tactical, industrial, bike and scuba professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Today, Princeton Tec is still a family-owned and run business with our own engineering and design teams. We run our own machine shop and injection molding facilities. Most importantly we’ve remained an American manufacturer and local employer since the beginning. We’re proud of that fact.