Searchlight Electric is celebrating its 70th anniversary as an established supplier of decorative lighting to the very best specialist lighting retailers, multi-national chains and distributor partners across the world.

In 1945, Captain Sidney Hamburger started Searchlight immediately after being discharged from the army, as a one man wholesale electric business in a tiny office in the cellar of 1B Cooper Street, Salford. In 2015, Searchlight remains a privately owned business, now in the third generation of the Hamburger family, and operating from a purpose built head office in Manchester, with a state of the art distribution centre and one of the largest product showrooms in Europe.

Strong family values of respect, integrity, hard work and loyalty have been key to driving the business forward, ensuring Searchlight has remained at the forefront of the decorative lighting market for 70 years. Today, Searchlight are committed to providing quality, technologically advanced products and unsurpassed customer service, with a focus and strategy to grow the business with products that deliver volume and value for money.

“The 70 year anniversary is a tremendous milestone for Searchlight as we look back on our wonderful heritage and accomplishments” says Herzl Hamburger, Chairman. “A key element of Searchlight’s success, and one that I am immensely proud of, is our long and enduring relationship with customers, suppliers and our employees. Many of our employees have been with the company for over 30 years and deliver incredible service to our customers.”

“It’s great to look back and see how far Searchlight has come from our early days and the contribution we’ve made to the lighting industry. We’ve done amazing things together, but the best is still yet to come!”

In this year of celebration, Searchlight is now a key supplier to many of the household names in the UK and abroad. A big change from a one man band to the company now employing over 150 people in the UK.