About Us

WILA is more than just a lighting company— we are a thriving creative community.

While our passion lies in designing beautiful, technical lighting, that have garnered prestigious awards and introduced world-first products, at the core, WILA is more than just a lighting company—we are a thriving creative community.

Creative in the sense that we collaborate with interior designers, architects, and technology companies globally to ensure we are matching the latest innovation with beauty and elegance to complement current and predicted fashion trends.

Our creativity also manifests in our commitment to minimising environmental impact without compromising on quality or service. We think differently.  We are constantly striving to be better for our people, our clients, their projects and the community.

Creativity is not only about design; we partner with our clients to help solve their problems as much as bring their projects to life.

Dating back to 1857, WILA stands as the oldest lighting company in the world, with a rich and decorated heritage. I am proud to say I’ve played a small part in the legacy of this institution.

The accomplishments achieved during my time here are a testament to the remarkable team at WILA. I extend my heartfelt thanks to each member who has played a crucial role in our success. Together, we continue to shape WILA’s future with creativity, innovation, and a commitment to service.

Matt Vogel, CEO

WILA since 1857

1857

Founding of WILA

Wilhelm von Hagen establishes the company in Iserlohn, specializing in metalworking and the manufacture of bed fittings. The family initially produces brass rosettes.

1863

Change in Company Name

After Wilhelm von Hagen's death, his widow changes the company name to Wwe, Wilh. Hagen.

1932

Diversification into Residential Lighting

WILA ventures into electrification and establishes a new department for lighting fixtures. The company introduces its first luminaires at the Leipzig trade fair and becomes the fourth largest producer in the German lighting industry by 1938.

1950

Project Lighting Initiatives

WILA begins specifying custom luminaires for customer projects.

1960

Focus on Design-Oriented Luminaires

In collaboration with architects and interior designers, WILA designs modern luminaires for the private sector.

1984

Shift to Technical Lighting

The company shifts its focus to the production of technical luminaires and compact downlights. WILA Lichttechnik is established in 2005 under the ownership of Mike Collett, Peter Le Manquairs, and Andreas Henrich. WILA Lighting Limited is founded in England in 2004, expanding the company's international presence to more than 40 countries.

1987

Introduction of Turbo Louvre Downlight

WILA introduces the Turbo Louvre downlight, specifically designed for workstations and offices with VDUs, featuring glare-controlled louvres.

2013

Specialisation in Individual Lighting Solutions

WILA becomes a leading specialist for individual lighting solutions, engaging in intensive dialogues with all parties involved in building design and lighting professionals.

2014

RedDot Design Award

WILA launches the Alphabet and Transparency product families, both of which receive multiple design awards, including the RedDot Design Award.

2015

Recognition as an Investor in People

WILA Lighting Limited in the UK is awarded the 'Investors in People Bronze' certification for excellent performance in employee development. The company now employs more than 150 individuals across its locations, continuing its legacy of innovation and excellence in the lighting industry.

2015

Nordeon Lighting Group

Became part of Nordeon Lighting Group, latterly Experience Brands.

2019

100% Paperless

WILA becomes a paperless company

2021

Carbon Neutral +

Achieved Carbon Neutral + for the first time

2022

WILA USA

Launched WILA in USA

2022

Squared Light Distribution

World-first, round downlight with a squared light distribution (Patented).

2023

Textures

Developed Textures – world first in textures as standard rather than colours

2023

LightFair New York

Debuted first AR product demos at LightFair in New York

2023

New Website

World first lighting 3D configurator with AR capability

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We boast a legacy dating back to 1857, but what's important today?

Our Values

At WILA, our values are the heartbeat of our business, resonating alongside the dedication and passion of our people.

Clear

Transparent with our capabilities and how we’re going to perform

Considerate

Putting the welfare of our colleagues, customers and the environment first

Committed

Resolute in the pursuit of our goals

Collaborative

Working with our team, customers and industry for the betterment of all

Character

Using quality, elegance, style, precision and discipline in everything we do

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Our People

WILA values flexibility, knowledge, and it has a real family feel. We work together as a team to deliver solutions and great customer service by listening and sharing information with each other. Communication and collaboration are key values within the company, and this is reflected in each department from our designers to our customer service and aftersales advisors. We strive to be the best at what we do by working together and listening to our customer’s needs. WILA has stood the test of time for over 165 years and will be here for many years to come!
People sit at the very heart of our business. Every member of the team is truly dedicated and passionate about how they contribute to the company’s goals, while always ensuring that our customer is the main focus. There is a wonderful community feel at WILA, where everyone offers help and support wherever it is needed. We create great products and provide a fantastic service, but it is our people that sit at the very heart of that. We are what makes WILA.
WILA is a company that strives to provide quality products and a quality service. We are adaptable and flexible and above all else we care. We care about how we are doing, We care about giving our customers a great service and we care about making a quality product.
Where innovation meets aesthetics, WILA Products are designed and developed with new ideas, creativity, and the latest technology. We also offer a personal touch with our customised solutions to meet the needs of our customer. We don’t just design Product we transform our ideas, vision and passion into an experience.
Projects don’t just happen. People make projects happen and we’re here to help work though the challenges that come up along the way.
WILA is a friendly company, putting its customers at the heart of everything they do. Always striving to give customers the best experience and service possible.

We Are WILA

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WILA boasts a vast, cutting-edge product portfolio with an offering that can be tailored to meet the unique needs of every project

UK Headquarters

WILA UK HQ Boston House Grove Business Park Downsview Road Wantage Oxfordshire OX12 9FF

USA Headquarters

WILA USA 427 Hyatt Street Gaffney, SC 2934

Opening Hours

monday-Friday

9-5

saturday-Sunday

Closed