Illumitex is an American lighting manufacturer largely specializing in the production and development of LED lights for indoor farming and vertical farming. In addition to grow lights, Illumitex is also developing lights that could help treat skin conditions like acne. The company is based in Austin, Texas and has manufacturing facilities in Austin, China, and Malaysia. Illumitex was founded in 2005 by Matt Thomas, Dung Duong, and Paul Winberg. The company largely stayed under the radar until they began receiving funding in 2008. They raised $10.5 million in a B round of funding in 2008 and, in 2009, added an additional $10 million in another round. By 2010, the company had received around $22 million in investor funding from groups like New Enterprise Associates, DFJ Mercury, and Applied Ventures. Also in 2010, Illumitex released its first product line (dubbed "Aduro") which consisted of square-shaped LED lights that could theoretically provide more light coverage than traditional rounded LED lights. The companys original goal was to provide residential and commercial lighting solutions for indoor rooms, parking lots, streetlights, and more. One of Illumitexs early clients was an apartment complex in Singapore. In 2011, Illumitex added an additional $13.5 million in equity. In April 2012, the company received an additional $9.3 million from existing investors, bringing the total money raised to $50.3 million. The company continued to pursue options in vertical farming, contained environmental agriculture, and tissue culture laboratories as well as general illumination. Illumitex had 35 employees in 2012. The company raised $3.8 million in 2013 and added around $6 million in 2014. In August 2014, Illumitex announced plans to double the size of its headquarters. In 2015, the company secured $16 million in a funding round led by WP Global Partners. As of 2015, greenhouses account for the largest portion of Illumitexs customer base. The company has also provided lighting to prominent vertical farms like the Chicago-based FarmHere, which provides crops to Whole Foods.