About Us

Holophane's aim is to develop and maintain long term relationships with our customers. We do this by offering sustainable solutions, that provide our customers with a low cost of ownership, a high quality solution, together with superior customer service.

Alasdair McRury
Managing Director, Holophane Europe Ltd.
For over 120 years the name Holophane has enjoyed an enviable reputation throughout the world for expertise, quality and innovation in lighting.

From the earliest days when the company pioneered its famous glass refractor, the Holophane name has been ever present as a leader in the field of luminaire and lighting design.

In today's environment, where landscape lighting, modern architecture and public space projects predominate, the Holophane name remains synonymous with quality design, high performance, low maintenance and cost-effective lighting.

In Europe, Holophane achieved sales revenues of 50 million Euro and operate throughout all the major markets. Holophane offer a modern energy-efficient product range, which can satisfy a wide variety of application demands. The product portfolio incorporates interior, amenity, street and floodlighting suitable for today's environmentally conscious world.

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Lighting Design

Holophane offer a comprehensive and professional lighting design service, which is free of charge. Our experienced and qualified lighting designers are on hand to provide full project support ranging from simple calculation plots to full complex 3D lighting designs.

A dedicated team prepares schemes and provides lighting calculations for both interior and exterior lighting schemes. To support this high level of service, Holophane utilise state of the art lighting design software. Click on the links on this page to meet the team and find out more about the projects created and the software used.

The combination of knowledge, experience and passion for lighting has earned Holophane a prestigious reputation among consultants, architects and contractors throughout the lighting industry.
V-Max wins HEA-HEMSA ‘Product of the Year’ Award

V-Max wins HEA-HEMSA ‘Product of the Year’ Award

Holophane’s landmark, ultra slim, V-Max™ luminaire has won the ‘Product of the Year’ award at the HEA-HEMSA Awards! 
High Visibility At Knaresborough’s New Car Showroom

High Visibility At Knaresborough’s New Car Showroom

​Bristol Street Motors, Knaresborough, is now open for business. This 7,000 m2 car dealership, operated by parent group Vertu Motors, was designed and completed by Cad 21 consulting engineers, based in Newcastle.
Holophane helps Bolton light the way to a smart future

Holophane helps Bolton light the way to a smart future

In 2010 Bolton Council took part in the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2010-2020 which set out to reduce carbon emissions by 48%.
Hopwood Hall - Holophane’s LED expertise brightens College car park

Hopwood Hall - Holophane’s LED expertise brightens College car park

At the college campus end of the car park, perimeter lighting is provided by Denver Elite Wall LED fittings, which share the trilobular profile of the Denver Elite Bollards used at the entrance...
Lux Review Interview Acuity Brands Management

Lux Review Interview Acuity Brands Management

Lux Review’s Ray Malony interviews Acuity Brands’ Vern Nagel, Stephen Lydecker & George McIlwraith
Holophane joins LIA Laboratories Unmetered Supply Measurement Scheme - UMSUG

Holophane joins LIA Laboratories Unmetered Supply Measurement Scheme - UMSUG

LIA Laboratories Ltd welcomes Holophane to their Unmetered Supply Measurement Certification Scheme.

Unique Solutions

For most applications the standard range of Holophane luminaires provide the perfect solution, however, there are situations where something 'special ' or 'unique' is required. We can offer a Unique Solution, anything from minor modifications of appearance, to totally bespoke products, street furniture to blend with a scheme or hard to maintain applications. 

The solution will be designed and built using the latest technology and then tested in our certified laboratory to the latest BSI specifications to ensure compliance. So if the appearance of the luminaires or bracketry needs to be in perfect harmony with the building design or if you have a technical specification that can't be met elsewhere, please get in touch. 

We will tap into the great experience and resource we have from over a hundred years in the lighting industry so unique products can be developed which retain the proven photometric performance, efficiency and quality usually associated with the Holophane name.
Holophane Europe Ltd Leadership Announcement

Holophane Europe Ltd Leadership Announcement

After 30+ years of dedicated service to Holophane, Alasdair McRury has decided to retire, stepping down as Managing Director and resigning his position as of August 30, 2019.
Edinburgh College - Milton Road Campus Benefits from LED Retro-fit

Edinburgh College - Milton Road Campus Benefits from LED Retro-fit

Edinburgh College is one of Scotland’s biggest Colleges with around 26,000 students across four campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Holophane are a trusted supplier to the College and were asked to provide an energy efficient upgrade to the campus.
Holophane Brexit Statement

Holophane Brexit Statement

Holophane Europe has for the last 18 months been putting plans and contingencies in place for possible outcomes regarding Great Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Curl Aberdeen: Lighting Fit for Champions

Curl Aberdeen: Lighting Fit for Champions

Curl Aberdeen is a purpose built, state of the art, six lane curling rink located in Aberdeen, North East Scotland. This world class facility was opened in 2005 and has held many competitions and events including the European Curling Championships.
Liverpool Street Station: Big Stations Need Big Solutions

Liverpool Street Station: Big Stations Need Big Solutions

Liverpool Street railway station in London was built in 1874 and is the third busiest in Great Britain.The station operates almost 24 hours a day throughout the year. Holophane worked in conjunction with SSE Enterprise Rail on a lighting solution for the station.
Central Milton Keynes: How do you replace a classic?

Central Milton Keynes: How do you replace a classic?

Milton Keynes was the last of the New Towns to be built and was formally designated in 1967. In 2016, Milton Keynes Council and Ringway, the contractors for the project, identified that older lanterns in Central Milton Keynes were coming to the end of their useful life and developed a plan for their replacement.


The Holophane name is synonymous with quality, high performance luminaires. 

This reputation has been established over 100 years of commitment to the manufacture and supply of luminaires of outstanding performance and design. In order to maintain and improve upon this high level of quality, Holophane was one of the first luminaire manufacturers in the UK to achieve Registered Firm status to ISO9001. This ensures that the required high standard is maintained throughout the manufacturing system, from receipt of components to delivery of the finished product.

Holophane products are developed in our Product Design Office, equipped with modern C.A.D. systems and working to ISO9001. Full type testing to the European Standard for Luminaires, EN60598, is carried out in our laboratory. All luminaires will carry the mandatory CE mark, as required by European law, confirming that our products comply with the relevant EU standards confirmed by test data obtained in our approved laboratories.

Tests of Photometric, thermal and electrical performance together with electromagnetic compatibility, is tested in our approved laboratories and every luminaire manufactured is tested for function and safety before being dispatched from our factory.

Holophane has successfully achieved the Environmental certification ISO 14001. Using ISO 14001 provides assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being continually measured and improved. Benefits include:

Reduced cost of waste management
Savings in consumption of energy and materials
Lower distribution costs
Improved corporate image among regulators, customers and the public

View our ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and policy documents:

Crafted in Britain

For over 120 years, from our facility in the UK, Holophane has produced lighting solutions for some of the most globally recognised landmarks and locations.  

With our continual investment in our business we look to sustain local employment, ensure British economic investment and contribute to British manufacturing output.

As part of this investment, our business philosophy is that our products are:
  • Researched in Britain
    with our British customers, ensuring that the products we produce are what our customers want.
  • Designed in Britain
    by our in-house design team, who understand our British & European markets.
  • Tooled in Britain
    using local and national suppliers supporting the British economy.
  • Tested in Britain
    by our in-house laboratory and photometry teams, ensuring that our products meet British & European standards.
  • Manufactured in Britain
    by our 100 strong factory in Milton Keynes, delivering the best in quality to our customers.
  • Supported in Britain
    by our in-house project office, who ensure that we provide the best in service to our customers.
This philosophy can be seen in our existing lighting solutions covering Britain and Northern Ireland.