Buy British for Quality

Monday, 20 June 2016  |  Graham


Going around the trade fairs and seeing manufacturers and importers it is inevitable that much of what we all buy is imported, mostly from China or India. The production costs are a lot less, wages being a fraction of those here in the UK, they have increased over the years but still significantly less than here, but that is only part of the story. When specifying a product to be made abroad the importer is trying to cut costs, and this will not only be the labour content, but often the overseas manufacturer uses cheaper materials, thinner or lighter metals, and unless monitored carefully the finish can sometimes be variable.

Here at Great Lighting we prefer to source our lights from manufacturers based and producing lighting here in the United Kingdom or in Ireland or Germany where we know the quality is checked.  Inevitably we do have to source some of our lights from further afield given price restraints often dictated by you the customers, of course we are no different when we go shopping we all want a bargain! In the end we try to make sure those imported items are quality checked and that way we can keep you the customer and us happy.

outdoor wall mounted fisherman's lights from Great LightingOur UK range is manufactured in South Wales by an old established family metal spinning company  J D Burford whom we have known for many years. This range of lights includes the ever popular Fisherman's Pendant and Wall lights as well as a collection of retro kitchen ceiling shades. All the lights made here in the UK have all been marked with the UK flag so they are easy to spot.

SLV is a German manufacturer of good quality indoor and outdoor lights,SLV Intalite Pendant Ceiling Lights and we are please to show a range of pendant lights that would and some style to any home, there is a growing range of ceiling lights with shades that can be used with LED light bulbs that can save you a considerable sum over a year. This range has proved popular so we are working on expanding it soon, meanwhile take a look at what we can offer now. Intalite SLV Lights...

On the boards of Ireland and the United Kingdom sits the village of cullan 5 light chandelier with adjustable armsMullan, an unlikely place for an innovative light design company you may think? You'd be wrong, Mullan Lighting have one of the best ranges of quirky and stylish lights we have seen. Often using industrial design themes the appearance of the lights is quite a remarkable story, made from brass and in a variety of finishes, the range has simple mini pendants, indoor wall lights through to multi arm chandeliers, some in styles that will make you smile, all would be great talking point in any home, office or restaurant cafe. Why not take a look at Mullan Design Range of Lighting

In choosing lights from one of these European design companies you will not be disappointed with the quality and workmanship, best of all you will have something that you know was made with care for you, not just plucked of the high street or big retail chain.

Brexit Update: Having decided we are to leave the EU, we can see no reason why we will not continue to supply any of the above lights as all these manufacturers want our business and will work through any hurdles any EU Bureaucrats try to raise.