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Our history

acdc is a UK based lighting company which designs and manufactures specialist long-life LED and Cold Cathode lighting solutions. Our professional team offers technical and design advice to architects, engineers and lighting designers worldwide.

Since the company’s inception we have been committed to innovation and design. Historically, the company’s original strength lay with long-life cold cathode lighting, but in more recent times a significant interest and investment in LED technology has led the company into an exciting and rapidly developing market.

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2014

The company was delighted to announce the opening of acdc | Corp, the newly created North American division of acdc earlier this year; headed by Veit Mueller acdc | Corp will focus on the specific needs of American and Canadian specifiers.

Light + Building also played a key role in 2014, with acdc’s innovative and challenging stand playing host to a number of influential visitors, partners and distributors.  The Company has grown substantially since the last exhibition in Frankfurt and has enjoyed significant international expansion.  Light + Building was a real opportunity for acdc to further cement their position as a leading global LED manufacturer and to present the new range of market leading LED products to the world

International growth continued with the relocation and expansion of acdc’s Dubai team, who moved into custom designed offices, offering a central base for not only the team but distributors and specifiers visiting the region.

2013

Another exciting year for acdc as the company picked up the prize for Exterior Luminaires for their dynamic, intelligent floodlight Fusion at the Lighting Design Awards; and expanded the business increasing the production facility to meet growing demand and moving into custom built offices to enable room for further growth.  All of which prompted a visit from HRH Duke of Kent, who was extremely impressed with the state of the art facility.   

2012

acdc received the prestigious Royal accolade of the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade, which was the just the start of an exceptional year which also included: a management buyout and creation of a new board of Directors; a rebranding initiative to reposition the company within the lighting industry; and assert their presence as genuine global leaders in LED lighting solutions; and the opening of the London Studio and Dubai office.

Over the course of the year, acdc’s design and technical teams researched the LED marketplace to identify new product opportunities and found a gap in the retail sector.  Subsequently acdc developed 3 new LED product ranges specifically designed for retail applications, which were officially launched in November.

2009

The Company moved into a new 30,000 sq ft purpose built office and manufacturing facility, with the aim of continuing their rapid expansion. acdc currently has over 60 distributors shipping to over 50 different countries,  from  Ireland  to  Iceland; Australia to America, and our export business represents  a substantial percentage of the company’s business.

2004

The Company’s dynamic group of directors purchased the company as part of a successful management buyout, a move which further focused acdc on developing into a major player in the LED field.

2001

acdc  were  approached  by  Lumileds Lighting (a joint venture between Philips and Agilent technologies)  with  an incredibly  bright  LED light source which was truly ground breaking. This development was significantly brighter than previous LED outputs, potentially opening the door to the architectural lighting market. Significant also was the roadmap for the future, with the potential to eclipse many traditional light sources, both in terms of power consumption and light output.  Lumileds were looking for a number of relatively small yet innovative lighting manufacturers who were able to take the product to market within a quick timeframe and unleash the products potential to the world. acdc’s understanding of architectural lighting and developing high specification project solutions made the company an ideal partner for development, and the rest is history.

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