Why electrical testing is so important in lighting design

Electrical testing is an important part of the lighting design process. It helps to ensure that your light fitting is safe, and it can also identify any issues with electrical circuits before you install a lighting fixture. If this sounds complicated, don’t worry: we’re here to make sure you understand everything there is to know…

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Holloway lighting – What is it?

The Holloway lighting column is a favourite of ours at William Sugg and Co Ltd. When the Royal Holloway University was built in 1879. William Sugg and Co Ltd were asked to create and install the columns in and around the University. This Holloway lighting column is the original design of these columns. The column…

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Our reproduction Victorian lighting

Reproduction Victorian lighting pairs the past with the present to help retain the traditional look of a period property. This lighting is manufactured using the exact Victorian lighting designs to ‘reproduce’ the same lights that were used during the Victorian era. The main difference with these reproduced lights is that they use modern technology that…

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Job vacancy

Job vacancy: Skilled/semi-skilled metal worker Due to a significant order book, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, skilled (or semi-skilled) metal worker to join our friendly team of experts. Competitive salary (dependent on experience) with flexible hours. Immediate start available.  Horsham, West Sussex. The business Established in 1837, we are very proud to be the UK’s oldest lighting…

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Copper lighting and how to use it

Copper lighting is a timeless addition to any home. Becoming increasingly popular for interior designers in recent years, copper is a great element to add a touch of history to your space. With copper being one of the oldest metals used by humans today, it is not only used for lighting but for all sorts…

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Modern gas lamps for today’s use

From open flame burners to high performance gas mantles, there are a variety of modern gas lamps and lighting designs that make them a great addition to homes, towns and cities in the 21st century. We discuss the history behind gas lights and some of the reasons how modern gas lamps have adapted for safer…

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Our selection of gas lights

Gas lights were the first type of ‘controllable’ lights that were introduced across the world in the late 19th century after previously being restricted to candle and firelight. In more recent years, most of our lights are electric, but many gas lights are still in use today. We discuss what exactly gas lights are, why…

The best globe gas lights

What does a coppersmith do?

What is a coppersmith? When it comes to the question “what is a coppersmith?” it is first important to address the history behind the human use of this important material. Copper is a soft metal and one of the very first metals that humans began to use to make things with.  Although an ancient craft,…

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Heritage columns for public streets

History of heritage columns for public streets Did you know?  The first public street lighting column was introduced in 1807 by Frederick Albert Winsor in Pall Mall, London. All lighting columns in the streets were gas lit until electricity was introduced in the late 19th century. The gas light in the street lighting columns only…

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Domestic lamp post styles

How to choose appropriate domestic lamp post styles If you are looking to illuminate the outdoor space surrounding your home, lamp posts are a great way to add a polished look to your landscape. Not only are lamp posts both decorative and functional, but they also are extremely versatile and can come in numerous shapes…

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Gas street lights – what did they look like?

The ins and outs of the first gas street lights The first gas street lights used to brighten up towns and cities across the world were lit by one single upright flame. This larger flame produced far more light than the previous oil lamps and was almost maintenance free. As the demand for more light…

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LED Characteristics

Understanding the characteristics of LED. LED lights are the most energy-efficient and rapidly developed lighting technology available today. Understanding LED characteristics can help you in deciding if they are right for your home, project or outdoor space. LED stands for light emitting diode and can be used for a variety of purposes. This includes traffic…

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Are LED lights good for the environment?

How LED’s can be an environmentally sympathetic choice… While there are many forms of lighting available today, LED’s (or light emitting diodes) are considered by many to be the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly option when it comes to lighting. As heritage experts, we are very fond of gas lighting and the role it…

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Understanding LED lights

When it comes to understanding LED lights, it can seem overwhelming to choose and work out whether they will work for your design project. We’ve put together this handy understanding LED lights guide to make it easier for you to make the decision. LED stands for light emitting diode and they can be incorporated in…

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How do LED lights work?

How exactly do LED lights work? Find out the ins and outs of LED lighting and how it can be used… Instead of emitting light from a vacuum, like an incandescent bulb, LED lights use solid-state lighting technology (SSL). This technology emits light from the movement of electrons in a solid matter which, in this…

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Choosing bespoke street lighting

How to choose the best bespoke street lighting There are many elements to choosing the best bespoke street lighting, which can vary depending on the needs of the project. Before you choose your bespoke street lighting you should first think about where it will be placed. For example, what type of road or path are…

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Making the Tower Bridge Lamps

The William Sugg and Co Ltd. team of heritage lighting experts have been producing traditional lamps since our foundation in 1837. Since then, some of our proudest interior and exterior lighting projects have been producing lamps that have been placed around our capital city. If you take a walk around London, you would have probably…

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Application of LED

What is LED? The application of LED lights is seen almost every day for many different functions in society. LED stands for a light-emitting diode and is a semiconductor light source that emits light when a current flows through it. Light emitting means to give off light whereas a diode has a more scientific description….

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Urban regeneration projects using specialist lighting

The team at William Sugg & Co. Ltd. are proud to be part of several urban regeneration projects across the UK using our specialism in lighting & street furniture alongside our lighting design expertise. Urban regeneration projects Urban regeneration projects are programs that aim to revitalize urban spaces through land development used to help address…

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Heritage lighting examples around the UK

William Sugg and Co Ltd dates back to 1837.  As a company we have nearly 200 years of heritage lighting experience. We are known to be the oldest lighting company in the UK and are proud to be seen as a world leader and expert in heritage lighting. Not only this, but we are also…

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Top garden focal point ideas using light

Including a garden focal point can really make your outdoor space come alive. A garden focal point is an area designed to immediately draw attention to a specific space, it could be anything from a pond or a statue, to a seating area, or a plant. Lighting can also be used as a focal point…

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Using sculpture and statue lighting fixtures

When creating a landscape, the way you use lighting can make or break the finished look and desired atmosphere. Using lighting in the right way to illuminate focal points such as sculptures or statues can really contribute to the finished appearance. Not only this, but it is important to light up these features; after all…

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A guide to city lighting

What is city lighting? City lighting can be defined as any type of lighting that helps to illuminate our cities. From simple streetlights and illuminated bollards to more creative lights to draw attention to an architectural feature, city lights are an essential part of society and city life. When deciding on how to light up…

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Outdoor lighting ideas for the front of your house

Lighting the front of your house is just as important as lighting the rooms indoors. Outdoor lighting should have the aim of directing your visitors to your front door, highlighting particular outdoor and architectural features as well as providing security at nighttime. Having the correct lighting to illuminate your space can help to give visitors…

Urban Garden Lighting

Our architectural lighting design services

Lighting a space is one of the most important factors to consider when going through the architectural design process. Skill, knowledge and expertise is needed in order to create the correct light for any architectural space, large or small. At William Sugg & Co. Ltd. we offer specialist lighting knowledge for architects to help to…

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Public park lighting – the best options

Our guide to public park lighting From columns to illuminated bollards, public park lighting can come in any form and plays a vital role in allowing people to enjoy public parks, big or small. With public parks being an essential part of society where people come to gather, socialise or exercise, it is extremely important…

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A traditional lighting company – making old lighting new

Our team at William Sugg & Co. Ltd. are experts in the manufacture, reproduction and refurbishment of traditional lights to suit all projects and all locations across the globe. Founded in 1837 by Mr William Sugg himself, we are proud to be the oldest and only surviving traditional gas lighting company in the UK. Our…

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Town lighting and how to plan it

What is town lighting? “Town lighting” is the phrase that is used when a variety of lights and lighting techniques are combined to illuminate our towns and cities. Lighting is a fundamental part of our lives and is something all of us use on a daily basis but that often goes unnoticed! In town centres…

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Illuminated bollards for public spaces

What are illuminated bollards and what are they used for? Bollards are short and sturdy vertical posts that are typically between 1 and 2 metres tall and are usually placed between 10 and 12 metres apart. They are traditionally used to mark the way for members of the public or to provide structure to a…

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The best gas light Globes

Creating that traditional and authentic feel in any space can sometimes be a challenge, however you’re bound to create your desired old-fashioned look with our stunning gas light globes. Pairing the past together with the present, our selection of globe gas lamps are made with only the highest quality materials. Here, we will take you…

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Traditional Lighting for inside and out – our top picks

Choosing the right lighting for your home is one of the most important aspects to creating your desired atmosphere – a very personal decision for every home owner. When it comes to traditional lighting, you need to ensure you are putting it in the right place to add that extra character and charm to your…

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A new range of street furniture bollards

We are so pleased to have added to our collection of street furniture bollards. We now have four different types of street bollards for you to choose from, to help keep that traditional feel in our towns and cities.  Street furniture bollards originated back in the Victorian era and were originally used to protect pavements…

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Torchiere Lighting

A torchiere is a tall, narrow floor lamp which is topped with an inverted shade directing the light upwards towards the ceiling. The name ‘torchiere’ is derived from the French word for ‘torch’ and directly translates to ‘candelabrum’. Torchiere lamps can come in several different designs from more modern and contemporary to the classic heritage…

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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 ‘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. The word ‘flambeau’ comes from the French word ‘flambe’ and means a flaming torch. 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…

Old street lighting designs

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 with a bespoke flambeau feature for his design. Bespoke flambeau…

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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 vintage outdoor 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. Meaning of flambeau…

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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 victorian 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? Before electric lighting, gas lighting was used to light houses, buildings and streets (find out more about this in…

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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…

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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. It all began with gas lighting, but when was gas lighting first invented and why? As experts…

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Lighting for Movies – Lighting for Disney’s Mary Poppins

Everyone here at William Sugg & Co. Ltd was proud to be a part of creating the lighting for the Mary Poppins Movie in 2018. We created some of the best movie magic of all – Disney movie magic. Lighting up Mary Poppins for Hollywood was a highlight in our history as we love to…

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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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