Bright Eyes Lights

About Us

Over 20 years ago Ray Conrad, a lifetime hunter, was working an old coon-hunting light when he decided to build his own. But what he built was quite a bit different than anything else on the market at the time: a coon-hunting light that weighed only 2 pounds, as opposed to the typical 8 pounds. Ray accomplished this using laptop computer batteries. When laptop computers came out they needed lighter more environmental friendly batteries. So the battery companies came up with better batteries and Ray took advantage of the technology breakthrough. Happy with the much lighter light, necessary because raccoon hunting is always done at night because raccoons are nocturnal animals, Ray ordered enough supplies to make three or four more lights for friends and family. His friends and family had an absolute fit over them, and two months later, he was in business.

Ray and wife Trina started out with a $3,000 loan and Bright Eyes Lights was off and running. The Rock Hill company started advertising in Coonhound Bloodlines and American Cooner magazines, among others, and business grew. It helped that other light companies were skeptical at first and didn’t follow suit making the lighter lights for eight or nine months, giving Bright Eyes Lights a foothold in the market. The foothold took root and Bright Eyes Lights now has $1 million in sales annually and six employees.

In addition to coon-hunting lights, the store sells supplies for coonhounds and other dogs, as well as hunting wear, marine radios, and the artwork of Robert Hickman, a wildlife artist from Lexington. Bright Eyes Lights makes a variety of coon-hunting lights, ranging from 7 volts to 28 volts, with a variety of burn times, some longer than 24 hours. Prices range from $165 to $400, with average light cost around $300. The casing of the lights strap to a belt; the light itself fits into a helmet. The lights are popular fixtures at hunts, prompting plenty of phone calls from other coon hunters wanting to know how they can order one. Some colleges and universities have even bought lights to use on archaeological digs and other projects.

The innovations at Bright Eyes Lights continue. For example, the company has created a switch that runs more efficiently and added a port on the side of some of its lights that allows hunters to plug in a cell phone or other device. Recently Bright Eyes Lights has begun marketing their new line of LED heads and are always working hard to maintain innovation. The company also sponsors youth hunts and other events around the country.

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820 Susan Circle, Rock Hill , SC 29730. (803) 328-9736