Justin Hartenstein

Founder of Oracle Lighting | New Orleans 500 Close-Up July 2022
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Located in Metairie, Oracle Lighting has been designing lighting products for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle and marine markets since 1999. In 2021, the company was awarded SEMA’s “Manufacturer of the Year” award for outstanding contribution to the automotive industry.


What do you love about your job?
As a Tier-1 supplier to many OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), my team works with other designers on special projects, concept cars and other very cutting-edge developments … As an automotive enthusiast myself, these types of innovative projects are what get me excited. I also find that working alongside other teams is a way I can draw inspiration from these very ambitious designs and turn around and redirect that inspiration flow into our own product development.

What’s something exciting on the horizon for your company/organization?
Something that is quickly evolving in the automotive industry is the EV market. We see many opportunities for our products in this emerging market and are excited by the level of innovation, engineering and unique design for future EV vehicles.

What’s the best advice you received?
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Do you have a fitness routine?
I used to stick to a pretty rigid fitness routine prioritizing strength training. Lately, I am just focused on working in some sort of physical activity each day and mixing it up a bit. I still focus mostly on strength training but working in yoga, boxing, cycling, hiking, plus daily stretching. I like to do my daily workout on my lunch break. It splits up my day and lets me have a good mental reset and a nice hit of endorphins mid-day. 

What’s your favorite poboy?
The “Ray Ray” from Sammy’s


Did you know?
Hartenstein started his business in his parents’ garage in 1999 when he was 17 years old. Experimenting with LEDs and electronics, he developed unique lighting solutions for automotive applications. From humble beginnings, his company has grown to employ more than 30 full-time team members and is considered a leader in the industry.


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