Codebreaker inspres firm’s latest product

Hebden Bridge lighting manufacturer Factorylux has recreated a glass lamp shade that was installed in Alan Turing’s office at Bletchley Park, the Second World War home of British codebreaking.

The glass lamp shade was specially made for the restoration of Bletchley Park and is an exact reproduction of an original shade installed at Bletchley in the 1930s.

The 1930s glass lamp shade has been reverse engineered in collaboration with James Wadsworth, the lighting designer responsible for bringing the lighting for the Bletchley Park restoration to life.

The glass lamp shade will be configurable with a range of fittings. It will also be available as a complete Bletchley Park Pendant Light with the same fittings used at Bletchley and also as a shade-only option to fit to an existing pendant.

The shade is manufactured entirely in the UK and will be sold under the Factorylux brand from mid-April 2016.

James Wadsworth said: “Working with the Project Design Team to recreate the original lighting fixtures for the restoration of Bletchley Park was both a challenge and a privilege.

“Factorylux were the natural choice to help bring this iconic glass lampshade to life.”

Sophie Gollop, Factorylux co-founder, said: “We collaborate with designers and new ideas wherever we can, when James approached us we jumped at the chance.”

In 2015 Factorylux doubled its manufacturing plant and now operates two-shifts over two floors in a 2,000 square metre next-day manufacturing facility in Hebden Bridge.

After nearly a decade producing and selling decorative lighting for customers including Marks and Spencer and film director Martin Scorsese, Factorylux recently entered the architectural lighting market, collaborating with Silicone Valley based LED manufacturer Xicato.

Factorylux have invested in new components, intensive training for its customer service and production teams and new testing equipment.