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British electrical wiring accessory and dimmer switch manufacturer Doyle and Tratt Products Ltd, better known by its brand name VARILIGHT, has been named winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, for the second time.

The Queen’s Award was awarded to VARILIGHT within the category of Continuous Innovation in recognition of its success in bringing innovation to the wiring accessory market and, specifically, for its technological development in designing dimmer switches for LED lighting.

VARILIGHT’s LED dimmer technology has brought significant growth to its business over the past two years, a trend that appears set to continue with the rapidly growing uptake in LED lighting from lighting designers, and increasingly householders.

As the UK’s leading manufacturer of dimmer switches, Varilight were the primary to react to the requirement for a dimmer switch to regulate LED lighting. The corporate undertook an entire redesign of the standard dimmer switch to create its V-Pro series, which is equipped with features to optimise the dimming performance of LED lighting. For instance, an adjustable minimum brightness setting enables the user to define the best dimming range for any given LED lighting load, eliminating flicker and exploiting the total dimming capability of individual LED lightbulbs. VARILIGHT’s new V-Com series builds on the company’s success by addressing the increasing need to control larger LED lighting loads.

This accolade is the newest in a string of awards for VARILIGHT who, as pioneers in lighting and dimming technologies, have been lighting up the electrical industry for over forty years. During this time, there has been a constant have to re-evaluate the dimmer switch as new lighting technology has emerged; especially the recent generations of energy-saving light sources which have come to dominate the market. Varilight has led the best way in lighting control with a series of technical innovations.

Doyle and Tratt’s Varilight brand is synonymous with quality, choice, value and innovation not only in technology but additionally in leading the market in on-trend decorative finishes across a comprehensive range of wiring accessories.

“We are delighted to have been recognised for this most prestigious of awards,” says company chairman, Tony Doyle. “The V-Pro LED dimmer has become our flagship product and raised the profile of the VARILIGHT brand, bringing with it increased interest in our entire range of decorative dimmers, switches and sockets. With a new European range and other export initiatives, we’re well-positioned to build on our success within the UK as we introduce our world class LED dimmer switches to international markets.”


Doyle and Tratt Products Ltd is a leading British manufacturer of dimmer switches and decorative switches and sockets, under the Varilight brand, supplying the International and UK retail markets, the trade and OEMs. The Horsham-based business has been manufacturing dimmer switches since its conception in 1972. Over the decades, VARILIGHT has met the challenges presented by new lighting technologies by continuing to evolve its range to deliver superior control of challenging loads akin to dimmable LEDs. VARILIGHT’s LED dimmer range now includes remote control dimmers with scene-setting capabilities. In recognition of innovation in lighting and lighting control, VARILIGHT was a previous winner of the Queen’s Award in 2006, the inaugural winner of the “Innovation in Lighting Design” award at 100% Design in 2007 and a “Decade of Design” finalist on the Lighting Design Awards in 2012. Doyle and Tratt Products was also awarded the “Movers and Shakers” award by Decision magazine in 2015.


The Queen’s Awards are made annually by Her Majesty The Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that features representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. They’re announced annually on 21 April, the Queen’s birthday and awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development.

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