About Us – Lampion and Co Ltd History

Lampion was started up on the 1st March 1977 by Leon Callahan as a Sole Trader, having had many years’ experience already selling to the Auto Aftermarket in the Southeast of the Country based in Maidstone Kent, buying products from various importers including vehicle Lamps (bulbs), filters and commercial vehicle mirrors selling to Garages Haulage Companies Taxi Firms etc.

Within a couple of very successful years helped on by the Ford Motor Company going on an all-out strike for many months. The main lamp bulb supplier to Lampion started to supply local Motor Factors which made competing in the market difficult. It was decided to start importing Lamp Bulbs. [E] marking had just been introduced so finding the right qualified supplier was difficult as was the MOQ’s (Minimum Order Quantities) demanded, this was a big problem for a Sole Trader with limited outlets, to overcome this Manufacturing Agents throughout the UK were recruited, at the same time the brand name Astra was introduced and our lamp bulbs were sold under the Astra Lamp brand.

Astra Automotive

Luxlamp Ltd – Company move to Telford

As the firm progressed our premises in Maidstone were outgrown, a contact was made with Telford Development Corporation and the Company moved to Telford Shropshire. The filter and mirror products were dropped concentrating solely on vehicle lamps (bulbs) being importers we changed to selling to Motor Factors. Later a sister Company named Luxlite Ltd, was formed to supply own branded lamp bulbs to major National Companies, this was in conjunction with partners from other European Companies.

Luxlite Ltd ran for several years until the major Companies being supplied went in other directions and Luxlite was closed down. Lampion was incorporated to a Limited Company and changed from using independent Agents to full time Sales Representatives covering the UK. Wiper Blades were introduced alongside other auto electrical products.

Automotive Bulbs – Lampion in Shrewsbury

With technology moving on and LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting the modern day car and commercial vehicles lamp bulb sales have slowed so Lampion have introduced other products to compensate such as Nitrile Gloves for the workshops and engineers, a range of LED lighting products for the leisure industry, a range of LED work lights and several other associated products that are all listed on both our web-site and catalogues. Currently other products to market are being sought and reviewed.

We have moved premises from Telford to our present accommodation at Atcham Shrewsbury. We are very proud that we are now in our 44th year of trading which is not bad going for a Sole Trading Company who set out with £300 in the Bank plus a £1000 stocking loan paid back with a few months of trading. Thanks to our loyal and supportive Customers we look forward to many more years of trading.