With an almost exclusive focus over 20 years on developing anti-ligature and impact resistant luminaires for high risk environments, Light Years Ahead has established a leading market position in this field. In particular, LYA is a leading supplier to the custodial sector where its products are renowned for their durability under the most extreme attack. As well as protecting occupants from self-harm, given the cost of replacement and repair in such environments this is critical to reducing life time costs.
Going forward, LYA’s primary focus is on two areas. The first is further enhancing the company’s stronghold in the custodial sector as the sector retrofits and upgrades existing fluorescent luminaires to the latest LED technology. The second area is applying this expertise and reputation in high impact resistant luminaires to adjacent areas where the same qualities are valued in niche Healthcare, Civil and Industrial applications.
LYA is a 100% owned subsidiary of The DaRo Group Ltd, along with DaRo Fibre Products Ltd, DaRo Products Ltd and DaRo UV Systems Ltd. LYA fits perfectly with the The DaRo Group Strategy ‘To develop, either organically or through acquisition, product businesses which leverage the Groups’ core capabilities in design, manufacture, assembly and distribution.’
LYA directly benefits from the DaRo Group structure which is purposefully designed to deliver the best of both small and large companies.
As with DaRo Group, Light Years Ahead is proud to be a UK manufacturing business. By bringing all manufacturing and assembly in-house, LYA’s customers benefit from quality assurance (including ISO 9001:2015), reduced lead times and an improved competitive position.
LYA have partnered with LUX-TSI for independent LED lighting testing, certification and product compliance. LUX-TSI laboratories are UKAS (ILAC), IEC (CB) and BSI accredited and have over 150 years of experience in the testing of products.
Light Years Ahead luminaires are installed across the UK and abroad. Within the UK custodial sector, significant prison projects have included HMP Aylesbury, Belmarsh, Buckley Hall, Coldingley, Eastwood Park, Highpoint, Featherstone, Leicester, Lowdham Grange, Stocken and Woodhill.
Our luminaires are installed across police stations and magistrates courts in Bournemouth, Cambridgeshire, Chelmsford, Milton Keynes and Wigan.
For local authorities we have worked with Bury Metropolitan, Manchester County Council, Monmouthshire and Wrexham Borough Council.
Across the Healthcare sector, customers include Addenbrooks and Ashworth Hospitals, MerseyCare NHS Trust, Queen Alexander Hospital and many others.
The Ministry of Justice specifications and testing regimes for Safer and Standard Cell luminaires are regarded amongst the most stringent and respected in the world and have more than stood the test of time. Compliance with these standards makes Light Years Ahead’s Enduralux and Protectalux products attractive for installation across the world where local regulations and standards are likely to be exceeded, or at least matched.
LYA are actively seeking overseas based lighting companies and distributors to become exclusive export partners within a country or region. LYA are delighted to have already entered into one such exclusive relationship in Australia and New Zealand with Verslaux Pty Ltd, the leading independent Australian lighting company.
If you are interested in becoming a LYA export partner please contact us.
ED technology offer significant energy savings to traditional fluorescent lamps and LYA are able to offer LED retrofit and replacement solutions across the luminaire range, both on a standard and bespoke basis. This can be undertaken on an individual luminaire or on a wholesale project basis, as recently completed at Bournemouth Custody Suite.
LED retrofit can be particularly attractive given the longevity of LYA lens and metalwork guarantees (10 years) and where products are costly to replace in entirety, such as Cornice systems. If you are interested in LED retrofit or replacement of existing fluorescent luminaires please contact us for further information.
Unless otherwise stated, all electronic components are supplied by Tridonic, a leading global provider of smart and efficient lighting solutions. Along with Light Years Ahead’s in-house manufacturing, partnering with Tridonic for electronic components provides both an assurance of quality and LYA’s products benefitting from the latest developments in LED lighting technology.
Light Years Ahead offer the following basic component guarantees; lens and metalwork, 10 years, electronic components with a physical rated life of less than 50,000 hours, 3 years, those with a physical rated life of 50,000 hours or more, 5 years. For rechargeable emergency batteries with a physical rated life of 4 years of operation, or greater, 12 months.
If you require any IES/LDT files for any of our products, please contact us.
Light Years Ahead is a producer of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and is therefore obligated under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations. We are fully compliant with all responsibilities as a registered member of UK government approved WEEE Compliance Scheme, Clarity Environmental. Our WEEE producer registration number is WEE/DC0067TX.
We have formally documented policies relating to the WEEE Regulations and we review our processes on a formalised and regular basis to ensure we remain fully compliant.
The UK WEEE Regulations were first introduced in 2007 with the aim of reducing the amount of EEE ending up in landfill. As per the requirements of the Regulations we finance the recovery and recycling of WEEE when it reaches the end of its life and ensure our EEE products are marked accordingly with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol and a date mark. We also provide information on reuse and environmentally sound treatment of the products.
Clarity Environmental can provide more information about the WEEE Regulations here. or find out more at the gov.uk website.
ISO 9001 Certification
You can download a copy of our ISO 9001 Certification from the list of documents on the right.