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Philip Payne Limited was established in 1968 and since this time has provided specialist and bespoke lighting products from a number of locations in the Solihull area as it has steadily grown.

In more recent years the company has focused on the quality end of the market forging strong relationships with many leading architectural building services and engineering practices resulting in the supply of products to many of the UK’s most iconic building projects often designing products specifically for individual projects.

Our History


Philip Payne was established in Solihull by Philip Payne, his wife Isobel and son Michael.
First entry in the order book: 13th June 1968 £62-14 shillings for Robert Jenkins & Co.


Planning permission granted for a manufacturing facility in Thornhill Road, Solihull


Philip George Payne died aged 59


Philip Payne was incorporated Co 1361523. Margaret Payne joined the company.


The original crystal and decorative luminaires were phased out with the company focusing on hospital warning signs and back and edgelit signage luminaires .


Production of edgelit exit signs for suspended ceilings increased and they were specified on numerous prestigious projects:

British Museum

Tower of London

Pizza Express

Royal Opera House

The original FC luminaire was specified on the new development at Canary Wharf, London


Acquired by F W Thorpe Plc


Achieved ISO9002


Philip Payne became a member of the Lighting Industry Federation


Moved to larger premises

Philip Payne Head Quarters


Philip Payne became a member of the Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting (ICEL)


Achieved ISO9001


Philip Payne moved to its current location -Thornhill House


Philip Payne achieved Kitemark status for a core range of products.


Philip Payne achieved another Kitemark status for the automatic test system – Spectoweb.


Premises expanded as demand grew for space


Learning centre opened in the Factory

2018 - Learning Centre Opens


Philip Payne added to its Kitemark certificate with the new wireless automatic test system – Specto-XT


Philip Payne’s Mini Cylinder Luminaire Range accepted into the ICEL Emergency Luminaire Endorsed Product Scheme.

Our Accreditations

After initially securing ISO9002 registered firm status in June 2000, Philip Payne went on to achieve transfer to ISO9001 in December 2003.

In the intervening period, membership was also accepted to The Lighting Industry Association and Industry Committee for Emergency Lighting. Both organisations boast a membership of the leading British and European Lighting Companies shaping innovations in areas of technology, safety and the environment.

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ISO 9001 Licence

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Emergency Lighting Kitemark

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Automatic Test Systems Kitemark

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ICEL Endorsement



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CE Mark

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London Underground

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UAE Civil Defence

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Qatar Civil Defence

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Our Warranty

The Philip Payne product warranty offered to customers covers a period of 5 years, with no get-out clauses concerning the number of burning hours or maintenance requirements, and no convoluted registration process.

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Philip Payne offers a professional CPD presentation entitled” LG12 Emergency Lighting Seminar”. The presentation is non-sales based and is intended to disseminate knowledge and best lighting practices.

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Our Way

Philip Payne Limited was established in 1968 and since that time has provided specialist and bespoke lighting products from the Solihull area of the UK.

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