LED lighting equipment company LiteGear has decided to set its own standard for employment with a $20 living wage for all workers.

Burbank-based LiteGear was created to provide lighting solutions that founders Al DeMayo and Mike Bauman encountered during their jobs in the film industry. In one case, smaller, more flexible equipment was needed to establish quality light for the USS Enterprise in the J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” in 2009.

“The company grew from selling component pieces, which we still do today, to more finished products, which are kind of a more recent development,” Mike Wagner, LiteGear’s chief executive, said. “So the company comes from the (film) industry. It’s still very involved with the industry (and) we’re very close to that community.”


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