Our story began in 2008 when wife and husband Lee and Iain Lovett embarked on their first collaborative renovation project, the complete restoration of a Victorian coastal villa in Fowey, Cornwall. It was the beginning of a journey that propelled them on to a succession of major restoration projects which spanned England from the South West, to London and as far North as Lytham St Anne’s.
With Iain’s experience of architecture and construction and Lee’s passion for interior design they managed projects end-to-end from conception to the handover of fully furnished and dressed properties.
It was during such a project in the heart of London that The Soho Lighting Company was conceived. To facilitate the repair or replication period ironmongery, lighting or electrical items such as switches and sockets, a network of talented fabricators and manufacturers had been assembled.
It was following the reproduction of a set of painted vintage pendants for this London project that interest grew specifically in the fabrication of replica period lighting and electrical fittings. Whilst we started out in lighting, our desire to never compromise aesthetic for function has driven us into new areas of development. We are avidly committed to low energy lighting, but plastic LED bulbs often ruin the look and allure of beautiful lighting pieces, so in 2017 we undertook to develop our own range of LED bulbs which look and feel like traditional light bulbs, but are 90% more efficient to run. We also invested in research and development to ensure our light bulbs deliver longevity as many on the market at the time were proving to be short-lived. By using the right component parts, we delivered a product we are proud of, efficient, beautiful bulbs which perform.
‘Everything we do and every product we create is about is about doing it right. We want our products to be the vintage pieces of the future, beautiful items that others want to replicate. We spend months designing our products, testing the colour light output of our energy efficient bulbs, matching plate finishes to switches or fabric cables to light shade paint finishes in order to create perfection and balance. Our products are manufactured and hand finished with care and integrity, we only produce ultra-efficient LED light bulbs, but such products are made from glass, not plastic. Our production methods are sensitive to the environment too and we attempt to minimise all plastic where possible from our packaging. We try to do everything the traditional way, or as we see it, the right way’
Lee Lovett, Director Soho Lighting Company.
The Soho Lighting Company was born from modest beginnings and has grown to achieve international recognition for the design and quality of its electrical and lighting products. Recent projects include the provision of decorative lighting for a Jasper Conran led design for a Marrakesh hotel and cookery school; energy saving lighting initiatives in the Middle East and the provision of switches and sockets for 800 bedrooms in the Hilton’s largest hotel in London.