Our history


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It all started in 1963 with an idea for a great product.

An extra strong light fitting engineered to withstand the most severe environmental conditions, perfect for transport, social housing and custodial settings.

Over time, with our team of expert engineers and product developers, we raised the bar in design and innovation. We’ve continually pushed forward with the latest techniques and materials to set the industry standard in robust, weather and vandal resistant products.

Over fifty years later, Designplan Lighting currently has more than 140 employees, and sales in more than twenty countries worldwide. Project applications range from rail and metro stations, social housing complexes, custodial environments, secure healthcare facilities and urban areas where robust lighting is demanded. Designplan products are consistently recommended by our loyal customer base of designers and installers on large infrastructure projects throughout the world.

Pioneers in LED lighting, our comprehensive portfolio includes an extensive range of energy-efficient solutions for clients requiring environmentally friendly or low maintenance fittings. To allow technology upgrades and extend product life, retrofitting LED elements into existing fittings can be a few minutes work.

Since 2011 we’re proud to be part of the Fagerhult group, one of the fastest growing lighting groups in Europe. Our robust light fittings complement their existing ranges, providing world class products for the toughest environments.

In August 2014 we moved to a new purpose-built factory, allowing us to leverage further investment and position us for continued future growth. We now operate in a high quality manufacturing facility with a low carbon footprint. This is achieved by a highly efficient building fabric, state of the art building services and on-site renewable energy generation, resulting in a BREEAM ’Excellent’ accreditation for the facility.