Heritage street lighting

What is heritage street lighting?  Street lighting is important in many different ways. Its main purpose is to light up the streets for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists at night time and to make spaces easier to see and improve safety after dark. However, it also has other benefits including helping to prevent crime and disorder….

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Flambeau or Flambeaux? What is the difference?

The word ‘flambeau’ comes from the French word ‘flambe’ and means a flaming torch. The word ‘flambeaux’ is simply a plural version of the word ‘flambeau’ and is used to describe torches that are used at night time for processions, illuminations and any other outdoor events.  When used in a sentence, flambeaux is used to…

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Traditional outdoor wall lights for your space

Traditional outdoor wall lights can really transform any space so it’s always important to choose the correct materials and colour to suit your space. If you’re looking for a new but traditional way to light up your outdoor space, the team at William Sugg & Co can help you create the garden you have always…

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Old street lights – Vintage lighting made new

At William Sugg, we have been experts in heritage lighting since 1837, meaning many of the old street lights seen around our towns and cities today were made by our forefathers. The ever-increasing need for the conservation and restoration of towns, cities and parks means there is a rise in demand for restoring old, outdated…

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Bespoke flambeau features in award winning Chelsea Flower Show garden.

As the summer progresses, we’re taking some time to reflect on past projects and at this time of year, a beautiful garden couldn’t be more appropriate one to remember! So we’re taking it back to when we assisted 2016 Chelsea Flower Show winner Andy Sturgeon.  Bespoke flambeaux and garden design William Sugg & Co. Ltd…

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Period Lighting: How to get the look

Want to get ‘the look’ in your home but do not know where to begin when looking at period lighting? At William Sugg, the team are experts in using historical designs with modern lighting technologies to reflect the certain era and style you are looking for. Whether you have an old-fashioned home and are looking…

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Choosing the best vintage outdoor lighting

Looking for the best outdoor vintage lighting to create that classic look in your outdoor space? Our team of lighting experts at William Sugg & Co. Ltd. can help you to choose the correct lights to help you create that vintage look. Here are some of our tips to consider when choosing your vintage outdoor…

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Hong Kong’s Duddell Street Steps. An historic restoration.

As experts in heritage lighting since 1837 many of the most iconic lanterns and light fittings were made by our forefathers.  Here, we look at a wonderful gas lighting restoration project in Hong Kong that the team were asked to assist with. A history of the Hong Kong gas lamps. Hong Kong was, until relatively…

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William Sugg and GHM Heritage UK partnership announced.

William Sugg & Co. Ltd. are delighted to announce a new partnership with GHM Heritage, historical European lighting specialists. GHM Heritage are a sub-brand of the popular European brand GHM Eclatec. They7 have designed and manufactured a wide range of products from classic cast iron columns seen on the Champs-Élysées and Amsterdam’s canals, to the famous Ross…

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The meaning and history of Flambeaux Lighting

Flambeaux lights are a striking feature in whatever setting they appear.  Although they’ve been around for a while, the effect is as dramatic now as it was originally.  We take a look at the history of the flambeau light and associated lighting design, as well as the meaning of the name itself. History of the…

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Victorian lighting – top picks for inside & out

As experts in heritage lighting, Victorian lighting styles are ingrained in our very being; we’ve been producing interior and exterior Victorian lighting since 1837.  Here we take a look at the difference between Victorian and Edwardian lighting styles and some of our top picks. How to approach period lighting. Before deciding on a lighting scheme…

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Why was gas perceived as a dangerous form of lighting?

After the installation of street lighting in Victorian Britain, gas lighting started to become perceived as dangerous due to exaggerated cartoonist depictions shared in public media.  In a century where literacy was limited, cartoonist artwork was more digestible to those without formal education and this therefore fuelled negative opinions for many. Whilst there may have…

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The history of Electric lighting

Our historical consultant, Christopher Sugg, takes a look at the history of electric lighting and how its use and development has influenced the lighting industry, and our way of life. What was used before electric lighting, and when did it become common? Before electric lighting, gas lighting was used to light houses, buildings and streets…

History of electric lighting

When did gas street lighting end?

In our previous blog ‘When was gas lighting invented‘, we talk about the invention of gas lighting and its huge influence on life as we now know it.  The 19th and 20th centuries were times of tremendous change in many spheres, and the gas street lighting industry was no exception.  So when did gas lighting…

When did gas street lighting end

Who invented gas lighting?

Street lighting is something we all take for granted. Walking down a street that is lit by streetlights may seem a very normal thing in today’s world, but there was a time that this was not the case.  As experts in all things gas lighting, our founders were at the forefront of the industry’s rise…

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Lighting for Movies – How We Lit Up Disney’s Mary Poppins

If there’s one thing that can make or break a scene in a movie (other than the acting), it’s bad lighting. The way a scene is lit helps to create the mood, atmosphere and sense of meaning for the audience. That’s why everyone here at William Sugg & Co. Ltd was proud to be a…

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Why heritage lighting still has its place

Lighting shapes our lives.  It influences the way we work, the way we experience our home lives and the way we socialise with friends. We interact with this technology every day on a personal level – you only have to think of the various lighting sources that you use for the same space over the…

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How lighting design can transform any space

Great lighting design can really transform any space. When you walk into some restaurants, office courtyards or hotel gardens, you experience a positive physical and psychological reaction. You might not identify why you feel that way, but almost always this feeling comes down to the efforts put into the lighting design. What is lighting design?…

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Award winning heritage dark sky lighting solutions

Did you know, when it comes to dark skies, our products are award winning?  We were presented with an award by the International Dark Skies Association for our role in upgrading the street lighting in the village of Hinton St George. ‘The right amount of light, where it is needed, when it is needed.’ The…

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Heritage Arc Lanterns for beautiful Bergen.

The team at William Sugg & Co Ltd have a longstanding history working with many different types of clients across the globe to produce individual and bespoke lighting solutions.  A recent project that we adored working on was situated in the charming Bergen harbour in Norway, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Bergen has given a…

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London Lighting: A lighting tour of the capital

London is rich with culture and history – a city with some of the most recognisable landmarks in the world. At William Sugg & Co, we are very proud to be a part of this history. We have left our mark on this city. You’ve probably have seen us around without even realising. Allow us…

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