Abacus Lighting
Delivering excellence in engineering and lighting design since 1958.

History and People

The world was a very different place when Abacus started trading in 1958. Manufacturing was the backbone of the British economy, a good salary for a senior engineer was £7 a week and if you drove a third-generation 37bhp Morris Minor, you were the envy of all your neighbours.

Wartime restrictions had plunged Britain’s streets into darkness for well over six years; and even when the limitations were lifted in 1954, the state of street lighting left much to be desired. Indeed, much of it was still gas-powered. The government recognised that things needed to change; and a programme of improvement began. The major players at Abacus (or NORMID as we were then called) saw their opportunity and took it - and the design and manufacture of lighting columns and street furniture launched our name in the UK.

The rest, as they say, is history. Read more about it by clicking the tabs to the left.

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