Visiting address

House of Light, Durham Gate

County Durham Spennymoor

DL16 6HL

Postal address

House of Light, Durham Gate

Spennymoor , County Durham DL16 6HL

United Kingdom


Tel +44 191 365 2222

Company information

We Know Lighting, Inside Out

With nearly 100 years of experience in manufacturing and supplying dependable, efficient, and high-quality solutions, Thorn Lighting can make light work for you. Our extensive portfolio of products and technologies ensures that we can meet the needs of all applications, including education, health and care, urban life and architectural, sport, office, retail, road, and tunnel. Our unrivaled expertise and easy-to-use products can also be found in the ThornEco range which offers economical luminaires for the wholesale market. Thorn Lighting’s knowledgeable people provide best-in-class support for customers, whether that’s electrical contractors, installers, specifiers, end users, municipalities, lighting designers, or planners. So if you’re looking for a partner who champions sustainable, connected, and responsible lighting, choose Thorn – because we know lighting, inside out.

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Light That Elevates Efficiency

Carlton Cole Magee is credited with the invention of the car park in 1935. Times have changed significantly since then. Thankfully, so too has the technology and infrastructure to support them.

At Thorn, a proud member of the Zumtobel Group, we can confidently say that we know car parks.

Light parking lot at night with a Denner store in the background

Through our products, controls, and solutions, we are able to support parking projects around the world. Our luminaires enhance wayfinding, create safer spaces, provide comfort and promote efficiency. Our expertise extends to all parking areas, including outdoor car parks, building surrounds and pathways, indoor covered and multi-storey car parks, pay points and access spaces, security offices, and more. We also offer emergency lighting – and our range is designed, manufactured, and tested to meet the latest European Standards.

Our lighting solutions also help you meet your sustainability goals. While Thorn is on its own journey to reach climate neutrality by 2025, our products and technologies can help you play your part in protecting the planet, too. Indoor and outdoor controls such as NightTune and Variable Light Distribution (VLD) help to reduce the impact of artificial light at night, so protecting dark skies as well as nocturnal environments, and bringing down energy consumption and costs.

Where We Make Light Work

Thorn’s main manufacturing hub is in Spennymoor in the UK. At 40,000 square meters and with up to 500 highly skilled employees on-site, between 6,000 and 8,000 luminaires can be produced each day. There are 37 multi-functional assembly lines, and the plant can operate on a 24/7 basis when needed, but also operates sustainably. As a result, the manufacturing facility at Spennymoor is one of the first companies in the UK to be certified to ISO 14001 – the standard for environmental management.


Did you know that we've committed to relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and are working hard as a business to make improvements as we aim to reach carbon neutrality by 2025?

Read our article, ‘Electric Car Charging – The Road to Affordable and Clean Energy’ to find out more!

Company information

Headquarters location House of Light, Durham Gate
County Durham Spennymoor
DL16 6HL
United Kingdom
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Founded in
Founded by

Sir Jules Thorn

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Recent projects

The following recent projects demonstrate how lighting which balances performance, efficiency, and comfort can transform the associated outdoor and indoor environments.

White Rose Office Car Park, UK

Kverneland Auto Garage, Norway

Denner in Amriswil, Switzerland

Gatwick Airport, UK


  • Controls; Lighting
  • LED lighting for car parks
  • LED Lighting System
  • Lighting
  • Lighting as a Service (LaaS)
  • Lighting System
  • Parking Garage lighting solutions

Product information

Requirements for car parks are far different today than they were in the 1930s when they first came into use. That includes lighting requirements.

Nowadays, because car parks operate 24/7, energy consumption and costs are a big priority alongside safety and wayfinding.

Click the brochure covers below to download Thorn Lighting’s car park lighting guide or explore the interactive brochure where you may look at all spaces indoor and out, outlining best practices, sustainability and key considerations.

Thorn Lighting Front Cover

Thorn Interactive Brochure

Lighting for transit areas and car parks is essential for public safety. Aside from safety and visibility concerns, energy efficiency is important for minimizing running costs. 

Indoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting

Controls and Emergency Lighting

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