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Ray & Herb Fox
Active Electrical Supply is a wholesale electrical and lighting distributor serving electrical, commercial and residential customers since 1953. Founded February 24, 1953 by Anton Fox and two partners, the company managed with just four employees; including Anton's sons Herb and Ray. The company continues to be owned and operated by the Fox family to this day with locations in Chicago and Carol Stream. Our Chicago branch features our premier lighting showroom Fox Lighting Galleries.

Our commitment to service, knowledge and in-stock selection remains our top priority since conception. Our sales force has an average tenure of 20 years, and many of our employees have been with the company for 30 years or more. The same can be said for our loyal customers, many of whom have done business with Active for decades. The relationship we have with our employees is passed onto our customers, which is the cornerstone on which Active is built. Those who depend on us for quality products and service include professionals, architects and homeowners who appreciate our wide selection and our personalized, attentive service.

In addition to stocking thousands of light fixtures at our Fox Lighting Galleries Showroom in Chicago, our Active Electrical Supply staff offers Certified Lighting Specialists (L.S.) and Electrical Professionals (C.E.P.) to help you with your custom lighting and electrical needs. We carry a variety of electrical supplies from over 300 manufacturers, including conduit, wire, cable, fuses and tools.
Carol Stream, IL
Chicago, IL
Residential Lighting Division Our Chicago office features our Fox Lighting Galleries Showroom where our ALA Certified residential lighting consultants, equipped with strong product knowledge and a wide selection, can assist you with any residential lighting area, from ceiling fans to landscape lighting and everything between.

Our Selection includes:
  • Bathroom and Kitchen Lighting (under cabinet lighting - puck, strip, and LED tape lights)
  • A Crystal Showroom
  • Wall Sconces
  • Recessed & Track Lighting
  • Table and Floor Lamps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Landscape & Outdoor Lighting
  • Home Decor Accents / Lighting & Mirrors
  • Lighting Controls and Dimmers (Wireless & Wired options available)
  • Remote & Wireless Window Shades
  • LED Lighting
Commercial Lighting Division
Our dedicated commercial lighting department can assist companies during any stage of their lighting projects indoor or outdoor. Representing the most well-known brands in North America, our customers receive the latest quality products and cutting-edge technology. Whether it is an office space, warehouse, or manufacturing plant, our commercial lighting team can get help you put together a lighting plan to help you both save money and get a better quality of light inside your building.

Electrical Supply Division
Our electrical department averages over 20 years in the electrical industry. Not only that, the majority of our inside sales team are Certified Electrical Professionals (CEP). The CEP certification requires a minimum time in the industry along with continued training throughout each year. This ensures that our inside team is up to date on the newest technologies in the industry along with a stronger knowledge to assist our customers with even the most difficult product questions.

Our Services:
  • Distributor for over 300 Manufacturers, with extensive product selection to ensure we carry inventory to suit each customer's needs, even those hard to find items.
  • We provide multiple deliveries daily by our own trucks, as well as same day emergency delivery service.
  • Our Chicago location hosts a Full Service and Will Call Electrical Supply Counter.
Energy Services Division
Our energy services division helps businesses identify potential improvements to their current lighting and electrical systems to save money and reduce energy consumption.

Key Features:
  • Walkthrough - We come out to your facility and perform a walkthrough, identifying potential areas for improved electrical efficiency.
  • Options - We provide you options that will suit your needs and save you money with reduced energy consumption.
  • Energy Audit - We provide you with a detailed breakdown of cost savings with implemented plan.
  • Rebates - We maximize your lighting projects by utilizing all ComEd/DCEO rebates for your lighting projects to offer you savings off your lighting. We also complete all rebate paperwork and submissions for your rebate incentives.
  • Distributor - We are the lighting distributor. This gives you the freedom to do a self-install or use your own contractor or installer.
Switchgear Division
We offer experienced team members dedicated to switchgear projects. So whether you are a small shopping center to a large manufacturing facility our experts have the ability to estimate, design, and manage switchgear orders. We work directly with some of the largest manufacturers in the industry including Siemens and Eaton, so our customers know that they will not only get the re-assurance that their project will be done correctly, but also within the project budget and system requirements.

As a leading distributor for electrical and lighting materials in the Chicago area, we supply the latest in low voltage distribution equipment (switchgear), motor controls, panelboards, switchboards, transformers, busway, lighting and load controls, and numerous other electrical supplies to keep your home and business running.
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