well-lit was established in early 2013 by Chris Stimson and Bujar Shkodra. We wanted to disrupt the status quo – big companies selling poor quality LED lighting and giving consumers a rotten deal. Our new company would be transparent, responsible, fair to customers and suppliers – and rewarding, interesting and fun for us!
Transparent – Bye, bye faceless companies and patchy product info. With well-lit you’re never in any doubt who you are buying from, where the products come from, and who to call if there’s a problem.
Responsible – It means a lot to us that our supply chains are sustainable and the factories we work with are not exploiting their work force. We absolutely insist on fair wages and a safe and professional environment, and we make regular checks – in person.
Rewarding – We love getting feedback from delighted customers. It puts a smile on all our faces and helps create the energetic and motivated environment we work in.
Interesting and fun – We love the industry that we work in, and with a huge variety of customers, projects and challenges every day, working at well-lit never gets dull.
The big day
well-lit is launched by Chris Stimson and Bujar Shkodra – from Chris’s kitchen table.
We knew we were taking on a lot. But we had no idea how big this thing would get, or how fast.March 2013
First public appearance
We were invited to attend Oakwood farmer market in Roundhay park in Leeds.April 2013
Award winners already
well-lit wins Small Business Sunday #SBS recognition from Dragons Den Star Theo Paphitis less than three months in.
Looks like Theo can spot a good start-up when he sees one.June 2013
Leaving the kitchen table behind
Chris’s family get to eat breakfast in their kitchen again. Having also outgrown their spare bedroom (a.k.a. the stock room), we take up the offer to use his parents’ large spare bedroom and their double garage.December 2013
Extra staff needed
With orders flying in, Chris’s parents are drafted in to help And we take over their other two garages for stock rooms. And make coffee in their kitchen. They look happy don’t they?February 2014
The word is out...
...you don’t have to put up with ugly, dull, colour-killing bulbs to save the planet.
well-lit is featured in:
and Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom
The delivery trucks get bigger, and biggerNovember 2014
well-lit becomes the top-rated LED specialist on independent review site Trustpilot. And 7th in the entire ‘Lighting’ category (which is huge).May 2015
Our environmental work gets noticed
We’re nominated for Ethical Product of the Decade in the Observer Ethical Awards.July 2015
Feet on the ground
Like all good company directors, we celebrate at a top local eatery. Bujar dresses up for the occasion.July 2015
well-lit is featured in the Energy Saving Trust annual review, and on their website.August 2015
We’re running out of space. Again.September 2015
A world first
well-lit becomes the first company in the world to launch flexible filament LED lamps.July 2016
A new home
We sign a lease on a brand-new warehouse, just in time to receive 9,000 flexible filament LED lamps.January 2016
Not so small anymore
7,500 of them get shipped out to customers the very same day.January 2017
Getting noticed by the big boys
Official moving-in day at the new well-lit offices and warehouse in Huddersfield. (Don’t worry Mum and Dad, we tidied up and washed our mugs.) We start supplying LED filament lamps to two of the most famous brands in the UK (but are sworn to secrecy).March 2017
A Royal connection?
We start supplying LED lamps to one of the most famous addresses in the world, (that secrecy thing again). Our flexible filament LED lights win Bronze in the 2017 European Product Design Awards.April 2017
well-lit lighting features in a double spread in the Home section of the Sunday Times – in a beautiful barn conversion project.May 2017
New website launch
We launch our new website (this one) with a fantastic selection of LED filament bulbs, great prices, 365-day returns, and free delivery*.
* Orders over £20July 2017