About Philip Payne

Philip Payne recognise that most trade Emergency Exit Signage products are generally designed with the functional in mind. With stylish European alternatives often out of reach both in cost and availability, building designs are often compromised in an attempt to meet legal prerequisites on time and on budget.

Philip Payne offer a backbone range of quality standard products but more importantly encourage direct dialogue with architects and designers to ensure via product variation or bespoke work aesthetic aspirations and requirements are fully met.

Whilst ensuring that aesthetic or mounting issues are resolved Philip Payne maintain committed to quality which is demonstrated by membership of LIA (Lighting Industry Association) and ICEL (Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting). Philip Payne Ltd is a registered ISO9000 company.


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What we Offer

Most Emergency Lighting Companies expect their clientele to be satisfied with commodity product quality, Philip Payne prides itself on our portfolio of blue chip projects and the products that we have designed and adapted to make them suitable for top commercial, arts and sports projects alike.


In a market overflowing with low priced, low quality Exit signs Philip Payne has a substantial offering of high quality ,designed signs that can be adapted to meet most architectural issues and are available in a myriad of finishes. Project managers work with building design teams to ensure design aspirations and statutory compliance are achieved side by side


The SPECTO range offers self test and addressable testing solutions to meet statutory requirements for Emergency lighting. SPECTO is available at various levels to satisfy a range of budgets. The blue riband offer is SPECTO-XT, which via wireless communication provides E-mail alerts and a web interface for notification of routine test results permitting remote management for the client.


In addition to the Exit Sign Range Philip Payne offer uniquely designed emergency luminaires for a variety of applications including final overdoor exit, emergency flood scenes and a comprehensive range of recessed and surface downlighters to compliment highly designed environments.


Away from emergency lighting Philip Payne have a comprehensive range of Radiation and other clinical signage. The range of traditional clinical signs now have LED options and has been augmented by the ARCA Medical sign. They can all be found under the products section of this website or alternatively visit


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Carbon Offsetting Programme

FW Thorpe is committed to minimising the environmental impact of both its manufacturing processes and its products. However, even with the most responsible approach, some carbon dioxide (CO2) will be released into the atmosphere as an indirect result of factory and selling activities and customers' use of luminaires. In 2009 FW Thorpe designed an ambitious carbon-offsetting scheme to help compensate for these emissions.

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