As an electrician, I had been installing outdoor lighting for prestigious landscape gardening companies for 8 years.
Warranties of the light fittings were always honoured, sometimes resulting in return rates of up to 8 visits within a year; due to spike and ground lights leaking water. It didn't even matter what end of the budget spectrum the fittings were from, the problem persisted.
In 2017, I decided enough was enough. Previously he had created custom fittings for different clients in 2011 (under Hudson Lighting) - still working to this day.
Prototypes were designed and initially, 3D printed and then later machined and tested within gardens - the difference, these fittings are all completely submersible.
Every light fitting is subjected to underwater testing to be sure it's watertight. After this test, I can be sure that the fitting will last within an outdoor environment for years to come.
The lights are manufactured completely in my own workshop in Surrey, England, everything from the turning of stainless steel and aluminum on a lathe to assembling the printed circuit board.
I run the latest HAAS lathe and are able to accommodate custom requests up to 100mm in diameter and most materials. If you are looking for a custom fitting, please get in touch.
As of Q3 2019, I get to use 'we' instead as new recruits Max and Connie are assisting with the manufacture of products. Max has started his level 4 engineering apprenticeship and Connie is a level 2 engineering trainee both at East Surrey College.
I keep a very active Instagram feed (@hudsonlighting) and try to update other social media as much as possible. You'll see manufacturing processes mostly within the Instagram stories section, so if you are interested in how things are made, keep up with the daily stories on that platform. Hopefully I'll find time to post more content on YouTube too.