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Lighting, Sound, Automation, Electrical & Lighting Design Services                            504-394-4132

Our Story

PEMBA INC was started by Patricia and P. Michael Smith

 in July of 1997.

 Our journey started reviewing and stamping electrical plans and because of our automation and engineering education were asked to help to plan and design the lighting and a lighting control system. We quickly learned that the contractors needed help with selecting lighting. Our business grew when others began requesting our services and work expanded to include audio-video and complete automation solutions.      We sought others to join our team and after Katrina we took over a lighting showroom and electrical distribution business.

At PEMBA we regularly evaluate new electrical, lighting, sound & automation products. We provide lighting design and engineering services, and go to market twice a year to bring new lighting & automation products to our customers.

PEMBA is a member of various organizations including CEDIA where we are a Registered Outreach instructor to provide training on various automation solutions to the trades.

Our team has a mix of skills and talents to help you with your project. 


Why should anyone build with only a portion of the information they need. If you are looking at lighting, your product selection should include placement, type of light, layers and dimming. Without light nothing is visible. With bad lighting you spend money without getting optimal results.

Sound, video and sensors add enjoyment and security to our lives. Let's invest in people as well as the building.

Lighting Design

PEMBA provides design services in engineering, lighting, and automation and regularly works with design and construction professionals to incorporate lighting and technology.

Lighting design is both technical and art. It is the application of quantity and type of light to a space. Lighting design should be used to illuminate and enhance. Light itself is important but the effects of light are of greater importance in our daily lives.

Patricia develops and presents human-centric lighting training courses for design and construction professionals. 

Engineering & Design

PEMBA is a licensed professional engineering firm in the state of Louisiana and Texas. We have a background in Power Engineering.    

Our company organization is unique and has great opportunities as we are both in the design field and also have a "hands on" knowledge of products. 

Louisiana State License # EF.0003923

P. Michael Smith Licensed Professional Engineer, LA state license# 14467

P Michael Smith, PE, MBA

Michael has 30+ years of Electrical Engineering experience, is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is a degreed and registered Professional Engineer and has an MBA. 

Ray Milligan

In 2004 PEMBA expanded to Audio-Video. Ray Milligan joined the PEMBA team to strengthen PEMBA’s audio-video integration capabilities. Ray has 23 years of electronics and audio video experience and holds an electronics degree. Ray also has 15 years of experience in electrical and lighting.

Kathy “Kat” McBride

Kat provides sales support in all areas of the company and keeps the PEMBA team uptodate with the latest in LED lamp and lighting products so that our customers benefit with options to light each space appropriately. Kat’s strength is that she is tenacious so that our customers are pleased with all aspects of doing business with PEMBA. If you call early or late Kat will probably be available to help you.

Khristian Fulmer

Khristian handles a variety of lighting product sales. After a short visit or phone call, Khristian can provide you lighting options to adorne your home, light your business and help you to stay in budget.

Jamie Walthour

As well as selling lighting, Jamie has a great eye for design and selection and can help you visualize how your lighting will look in your home, business or garden. Jamie is a multi talented artist and when you meet with her for lighting she applies those talents to your projects.

Patricia W Smith, CIS, MBA, ROI

Patricia has over 25 years of automation experience, 10 years of electrical engineering, has been involved in the Lighting Industry since 1994,is a member of the American Lighting Society, on the IAEI board, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Patricia holds a bachelor of science in computer science and an MBA. Patricia’s strengths include Lighting Design, architectural lighting, electrical plans take off and design and lighting control solutions.

Robin "Moose" Terranova

Moose handles electrical counter sales and helps electrical contractors to select the correct electrical parts and lighting. He is our in house expert on the Leviton smart panels.

Dallas Spatz

Dallas is skilled in programming a variety of lighting control and automation systems. He has been trained and is experienced with Savant, URC and several commercial lighting controls systems. Dallas both designs and installs audio-video equipment.

Chad Clay

Chad is experienced as an electrical installer and handles lighting, electrical and automation sales. He provides automation installation support, and commercial lighting sales quotations and support. Chad has set up a dimming lab and now PEMBA tests dimming compatibility for the products we sell. - Thanks Chad!

Charles Marshall

Charles has taken over deliveries and receives and manages materials in our warehouse.

Why Us?

At PEMBA we specialize in lighting, sound and automation and provide attention to architectural and design details to enhance and add value to your surroundings. We specialize in design, but, since PEMBA is a distributor for many lighting and automation lines, we provide very competitive materials prices to electrical and general contractors. Take advantage of our knowledge and good prices. At PEMBA we think it is rare to find good service, good prices, and competent, experienced personnel but these things are very important to us. You dod not need to compromise.