CU Phosco Lighting

United Kingdom
  • Booth: F28

UK Manufacturers of Luminaires, Columns & Masts Since 1923.

CU Phosco Lighting | UK Manufacturers | Luminaires, Columns & Masts | Est.1923

Celebrating our 95th Anniversary, CU Phosco Lighting is the longest established and premier exterior lighting group in the UK. . We design and manufacture exterior lighting luminaires, floodlights, lighting columns and masts. Our lighting columns and masts range from 3 metres to 60 metres in height and can be seen on roads, motorways, at airports and ports, in shopping centres, housing estates and sports stadiums throughout the world.

Supporting your project from initial concept and Lighting Design through to Manufacture, Supply, Installation and Maintenance.

Nominated at this Years LUX Awards for Transport & Infrastructure Project, Manufacturer of the Year and Sales Team of the Year

Visit us at stand F28 to see how we can help with your exterior lighting project.

 Press Releases

  • (Oct 23, 2018)

    Project Overview

    Client: Merseylink - a Consortium of Kier Construction, FCC and Samsung

    Consultant: Aecom

    Main Contractor: Merseylink Consortium


    P850 – 865 no.

    P851 – 15 no.

    P860 – 4 no.

    FL800R – 60 no.


    State-of-the-art CU Phosco luminaires and floodlights light the way for the 70,000 vehicles crossing the magnificent Mersey Gateway every day.
    The 2.2 km ‘bridge to potential’, with 8.5 km total infrastructure, spans the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal between Runcorn and Widnes. Built to relieve constant traffic congestion on the old Runcorn bridge, the Mersey Gateway opened on October 2017.
    We were involved for the final 18 months of the 3-year construction project, when the order was placed with the project’s electrical contractor, WT Jenkins Ltd, based in Merseyside. The Merseylink consortium (MC), made up of Kier Construction, FCC and Samsung, was the main contractor. Our deliveries were called off in stages as each section of the bridge was built. We supplied over 900 luminaries, the bulk of which were 865 P850s LED luminaires and 60 FL800R LED flood lighting systems, with WB855 gearboxes.

    The P850 was chosen earlier in the project, when Imtech wanted to put P850 forward as part of their bid. The P850’s longevity and lower maintenance put it ahead of the cosmopolis originally considered by the MC. Contractors changed (to URS), the bridge design changed, but the P850 remained the luminaire of choice.

    Following technological advancements at CU Phosco Lighting, we proposed adding the new FL800R to the design. Using the FL800R in the toll booth areas gave the best uniformity across the lanes and extra light at the vehicle number plate recognition camera areas. The FL800Rs were provided with WB855 gearboxes to give a smooth looking aesthetics on side entry columns.
    While there were several changes to construction plans and deadlines, our flexible approach let us respond fast. Our quick turnaround made sure other contractors met their targets, especially when changes were made just before the opening date.
    For example, we colour matched our lanterns to a special silver paint finish selected by the MC as an afterthought for the aluminium poles. Our collaboration with column suppliers Sapa Poles (now Hydro) ensured the columns and lanterns were fit for purpose, and on time.
    A valuable working relationship between CU Phosco Lighting area sales manager Stephen Hart and WT Jenkins Ltd contracts manager Mark Sherrington meant design changes and technical information could be shared and action taken quickly.


    ‘As usual it has been a pleasure to work alongside CU Lighting in providing the luminaires for the Mersey gateway bridge.

    ‘From the offset we kept in close contact through all the early proceedings and site meetings, keeping them informed of the likely changes and alterations and likewise CU provided us with all the necessary technical information promptly as required.

    ‘Once underway myself as contracts manager kept in close contact with CU Phosco’s local Area Sales Manager, Stephen Hart, and we had regular meetings and updates for the schedule of products to arrive on time.  The supply was never a problem and when we required a quick turnaround near the end of the scheme, CU were able to get us the luminaires in time for the opening dates.

    ‘All in all the, service and supply from CU Phosco Lighting has been first class and we look forward to working together on more projects in the future.’

    Mark Sherrington
    Contracts Manager,  WT Jenkins Ltd

  • (Oct 23, 2018)

    Project Overview

    Client: Connect Plus Services M25

    Contractor: Jacksons/MWay Comms/MSF

    Consultant: Mott McDonald Southampton

    Location: Dartford Crossing M25

    Products: 192 No. CU Phosco TT lighting columns and P851 LED luminaires


    In 2015, Connect Plus Services identified the need to upgrade the original street lighting of the Dartford Crossing, originally installed in the early 1990’s and the bridge was opened in 1991. Connect Plus commissioned Mott McDonald Southampton with a brief amongst many other upgrades, to re-light the crossing using existing positions of the 192 lighting units.

    In conjunction with the LED upgrade the replacement of the original CU Phosco Lighting columns mounted on the bridge parapet, 6km of new cabling and new cable management system were replaced, which in the long term made the scheme cost efficient compared to replacing the different assets at different times.

    Mott McDonald had to re-use the original column spacings and acknowledged that the Phosco P851 Led was the most suitable luminaire available with its low glare reflector system (achieving G6) ideal for the bridge users and local environment. The LED’s were replacing 150w (180 circuit watts) HID products with the output of the designed P851 being 95w (with CLO enabled) offered a huge energy savings coupled with the additional control of a Central Management system CELTek supplied by Charles Endirect Ltd. 

    CU Phosco Lighting also assisted in the re-design of the lighting columns utilising Flanged based special Tapered Tubular columns for longevity of life and to fit existing plinth bases on the out edge of the bridge parapets. As part of the lighting design, the height of the lighting columns were also reduced to 10m.

    The installation was successfully completed in late 2016.

    Results and Benefits

    Replacing both Lighting columns and luminaires within this upgrade provides Connect Plus Services with minimalistic maintenance schedule and cost on the lighting for several years to come. The columns were designed to a minimum of 40 years and the luminaires a life expectancy, of approximately 24 years. The columns were coated in a very hard-wearing Poly Siloxane Finish (PSX) paint finish and expected to not be re-painted for at least 25 years. This was essential as re-painting columns on the bridge is a very costly and a high safety issue, due to the location of the columns mounted on the outside edge of the bridge structure.

    The luminaires are designed to require minimal maintenance over the life expectancy of the product. Again, this provides the client with limited maintenance costs and safety issues again. The advance to LED technology versus the original luminaires would provide substantial energy savings for the client, which was a key driver on the scheme.

    Customer Testimonial

    “CU Phosco’s combined LED luminaire and lighting column solution provided Connect Plus Services, with a ‘one supplier’ solution, which enabled a smooth ordering and delivery experience.

    “CU Phosco’s many years of lighting design and experience helped to deliver a solution, combined with other innovations utilised on this scheme, with an installation that is safer to maintain, easier to maintain and more energy efficient. “

    The estimated energy reduction 49% per annum.


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