About Ikelite


Ikelite is a woman-led, family owned business located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Originally born in the back of a dive shop, Ike molded the first Ikelite in a Westinghouse oven. The rest was history. Today Ikelite is a leading manufacturer in the underwater photographic industry with worldwide name recognition and global distribution in over 95 countries. Our products are used by amateur and professional photographers in a variety of wet environments from swimming pools to polar ice caps and everywhere in-between.

SINCE 1962

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.

Jean Rydberg

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.

John Brigham


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