2007

Our story begins

Living in Avignon in the South of France, Jeff is inspired by dramatic night-time scenes created by exterior lighting cast onto classical French architecture. He creates specialist online shop Adorable Eclairage and begins supplying high-end exterior lighting to private residences and châteaux across France and Switzerland.

2011

A first collection from British artisan Gwyn Carless

Jeff seeks British handcrafted luminaires and a full collection of indoor lights to add to his offering. As he shifts focus to collaborating with British artisans, he connects with master craftsman Gwyn Carless and launches the GCD collection.

2011
2013

The Light Yard is founded

Jeff and his family return to settle in the north west of England. The Light Yard is founded as an online store focused on delivering exceptional service, trust, integrity and the one-to-one customer relationship experience.

2015

The Alchemist Collection

Working with a handful of select producers, The Light Yard grows its reputation for supplying handcrafted high-quality outdoor lighting. Jeff and Gwyn experiment with traditional Edison filament light bulbs, leading to an all new collection of luminaires. The Alchemist Collection is launched in March 2015 at the Hotel Design Summit London.

2015
2017

Our interactive showroom opens

The Light Yard showroom officially opens in Leigh, Greater Manchester, its integrated Luxone automation system providing an immersive experience of sound and light. An interior and exterior lighting design service is also launched.

2018

Production moves to Chesterfield

Due to increased demand, production of the GCD collection relocates to a new 1400 sq-ft red-brick industrial unit in Chesterfield, as Gwyn and the team build in new efficiencies which will streamline the manufacture and shipping process for quicker delivery to clients.

2018
2020

A new identity: Gwyn Carless at The Light Yard

Positioning the business for ongoing growth, Jeff and Gwyn re-envision the brand identity in order to underscore the company’s artisanal offering and unique business model. Now Gwyn Carless at The Light Yard, all lighting is produced exclusively through Gwyn’s Chesterfield studio.