About Kelly

History of KFi

Kelly Francis Illumination, Inc. (KFi) is a design and consultation firm specializing in exterior and landscape lighting. Established in 1990 KFi has been designing and installing outdoor lighting and landscape lighting solutions in San Antonio, Austin & the Texas Hill Country. KFi has served many homes in Olmos Park in Central San Antonio. Our experience shows in our thorough process of planning and implementing a sensible lighting design scheme utilizing architectural grade components and sustainable installation.  


Prior to KFi, Kelly worked with his father James Francis, a Master Electrician and owner of James Francis Electric (est. 1974). Kelly's experience ranged from new construction such as site lighting and electrical development for residential, multi-family and commercial projects to historical renovations. As a journeyman electrician, Kelly began his own lighting design and landscape lighting installations in 1986. The experience gained at Francis Electric gave KFi a reputation as a leader in the design an installation of landscape and area lighting projects. Kelly has also trademarked FireFly by KFi, uniquely arranged pendant firefly lights.


Kelly continually creates & develops new and improved design and installation techniques that prove to extend the life of installed lighting systems. He loves the challenge of customizing and creating lighting equipment to fit specific applications. There is rarely a lighting situation that he cannot appropriately address. Landscape lighting systems he has designed incorporate simple light sensor and timing control devices to sophisticated dimming and astronomical controlled systems.  


These techniques have been implemented at the following public, educational, hospitality, religious, historical, and many unnamed residential projects: Trinity University - South Sports Complex, Bell Athletic Center, Northrup Hall, Cibolo Nature Center, Hill Country Hyatt, River Walk @ Jim Collum Jazz Club, Oblate Missions - The Lourdes Grotto and Tepeyac Shrine, Inverness subdivision, Southwest School of Art & Craft, The Wall of History at The Alamo.

FireFly by KFi

Kelly Francis proudly designed the popular FireFly by KFi lighting pendant, a uniquely simple hanging pendent constructed of copper tubing with a single low watt incandescent bulb.

Installed individually or randomly placed groups, the Firefly is a dazzling, one of a kind light fixture. It's popularity has grown throughout the Texas hill country region.