It all started with Ike. When he got into diving in the late 1950’s “scuba” wasn’t an adjective, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau wouldn’t air for another 6 years, and reliable dive lights simply did not exist. The lights on the market regularly leaked or imploded. Ike stewed on this while driving home to Indianapolis with six lights in his trunk that all had flooded in Lake Michigan. By the time he got back to Indianapolis, the concept for “Ike’s Light” was born and Ikelite’s journey was just beginning.
After working at Ikelite through high school and post-college, Ike’s daughter Jean has been President & CEO since his passing in 2006. Jean has her hands in a little bit of everything from production to sales, marketing, and service.
Ike’s youngest son John follows in his father’s footsteps with an entrepreneurial spirit and a serious talent for translating customer needs to product design. John heads up our engineering team and brings product ideas to life.
FIRST underwater dive light with a sealed beam bulb
FIRST Diving compass with a rotating bezel and direct reading degrees
FIRST Digital dive log with automatic depth timer - the precursor to all modern dive computers (patented)
FIRST Housing to use lid snap closures
FIRST Underwater digital exposure meter
FIRST Underwater dive light with locking switch
FIRST Underwater strobes with aiming lights, audible ready signals, interchangeable cords, removable battery packs, smart charging, and battery power indicators
FIRST Wireless TTL remote sensor
FIRST TTL strobe communication with a digital camera
FIRST Underwater strobe with a built-in video light