About & Contact

Enlighted specializes in making high-quality custom lighted clothing, costumes, and accessories with stunning visual effects. We're inspired by a constantly evolving blend of art and technology, and we strive to create exciting memorable garments that will reveal your inner rockstar in a fun and fashionable way.


Contact

email: inquiry@enlighted.com

phone: 760-505-3343 (us pacific time zone)

mailing address: (not recommended for packages)

          enlighted designs inc.
          po box 231548 
          encinitas ca 92023
          usa

physical address: Please call or email first if you are sending clothes to be illuminated, or if you need directions to our studio - we are open by appointment only.


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The Designer

Janet Hansen in one of her colorful creations.

Janet Cooke Hansen is the founder and Chief Fashion Engineer of Enlighted Designs, where she has been creating custom illuminated clothing for nearly twenty years. She is well known as a pioneer and innovator in the field of wearable technology, and has created thousands of unique garments for a variety of international clients.

This "dream job" combines her lifelong interests of fashion, art, and technology, as well as her formal training in engineering. Janet attended Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, where she received a B.S. in General Engineering, graduating with High Distinction and Honors in Engineering.  She also minored in art, and party-planned for several years as the chair of the college social committee.

Janet did her graduate studies at UC San Diego, where she earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science/Bioengineering. She spent four years working in the aerospace industry (as an actual rocket scientist), but found herself to be better suited to her current role, combining art and technology in a mostly-undefined workspace.


The Company

Enlighted creates custom lighted stage clothing for professional entertainers in the music industry, as well as for applications in art, theater, dance, theme parks, athletic events, television, film, and advertising. We develop custom electronics to produce a variety of lighting effects in garments and textile-based accessories.

Enlighted is based in Encinitas, California, in the northern coastal area of San Diego county. Janet founded the company in 1998, and operated as "Eclectic Electric" prior to incorporating with the current name, Enlighted Designs, Inc., in early 2000.

The name Enlighted was inspired by our dream to have a world free of ignorance, prejudice, superstition, and fear, and we are strongly opposed to discrimination against other human beings on the basis of differing religion, ethnicity, national origin, or sexual orientation and identity. 

The yin-yang logo symbolizes the merging of opposing forces into a balanced whole. We strive towards this type of balance with our designs, which combine a variety of "opposites": fun and function, art and technology, fashion and engineering, and so on.  We've replaced the traditional dots with rectangles that are suggestive of an electrical outlet (in the US, where we are based). This also makes it look more like the letter e, for enlighted.

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