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.

David Barnwell
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 International Award

V-Max Wins International Award

V-Max has won the prestigious ‘Outdoor Product of the Year’ award at the ‘Light Middle East Awards 2014’ held in Dubai...
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.
Waste Transfer Station Irvine

Waste Transfer Station Irvine

The Waste Transfer Station at Irvine has been subject to a substantial upgrade and expansion over the past year to accommodate a higher number of employees and to enable the facility to handle more material...
Scottish Water Headquarters

Scottish Water Headquarters

The large car park needed to be well lit to ensure the safety of staff working after dark whist at the same time ensuring that upward spill light was kept to a minimum...
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 Provide Exterior Lighting to brand new Bet365 headquarters

Holophane Provide Exterior Lighting to brand new Bet365 headquarters

World leading online bookmaker Bet365 based in Stoke on Trent have recently moved into a brand new state of the art purpose built office building providing their staff with a safe and comfortable environment to work in.

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.
M62 Motorway upgrades to V-MAX™

M62 Motorway upgrades to V-MAX™

Highways England Area 12 is responsible for c.12,000 luminaires across the region’s entire major roadway network. The M62 is one of the major motorways that is in Area 12 and spans 102 miles. Aone+ worked with Holophane and McCanns Ltd to provide a LED replacement solution for their aging lighting assets.
Holophane COVID-19 Statement Update 27.05.2020

Holophane COVID-19 Statement Update 27.05.2020

Firstly, a sincere thank you to all once again for your effort, co-operation and understanding as we strive to make the right decisions for our business, our people and our customers and ultimately ensure the long-term health of Holophane. Our highest day to day priority continues to be the wellbeing of our staff, their families and our stakeholders.
Postponed: Light + Building

Postponed: Light + Building

Postponed: Light + Building will take place from 13 to 18 March 2022
Holophane COVID-19 Statement Update 22.04.2020

Holophane COVID-19 Statement Update 22.04.2020

As we enter the extended and open-ended lockdown period following the announcement by Dominic Raab, the UK Government Foreign Secretary on Thursday 16 April, we would like to take the opportunity to update you, our customers, suppliers and partners, on our current operating status.
Holophane COVID-19 Statement Update 31.03.2020

Holophane COVID-19 Statement Update 31.03.2020

In this exceptional time, Holophane Europe are, like companies all around the world, closely monitoring the impact of COVID 19 on our business, our people, our customers and our suppliers. Our highest priority continues to be the health and wellbeing of our staff, their families, and our stakeholders while we continue to effectively operate our business.
Holophane COVID-19 Statement   20.03.2020

Holophane COVID-19 Statement 20.03.2020

At Holophane we are all pulling together and busy handling a rapidly developing situation with demands changing and increasing on an almost daily basis. A genuine once in a life-time challenge for us, all our customers and our suppliers.


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.