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Chandelier Winch Systems

We design winch systems to make almost anything that operates at a high level more accessible for cleaning, maintenance or to enhance functionality.

Some of the most common lifting & lowering applications include:

  • Chandeliers of all shapes and sizes to avoid the need for expensive scaffolding to change bulbs or clean the glass
  • Theatre and stage light bars
  • Menu boards so that they can be lowered to be re-written
  • Art galleries for hanging artwork
  • Retail shopping areas for hanging advertising material
  • Churches and other places of worship where the heights of lighting may be extreme

How we do this depends on the weight, drop and location of the item to be lifted.

We have been designing and building bespoke lighting hoist and winch equipment for many years and are familiar with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations and all our products are CE marked. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations apply to any winching or lifting system that involves a change in level. This puts certain duties on the installer and operator and we are able to help offer peace on mind when it comes to safety. 

Nothing should be suspended by a single rope over the heads of person below. We have unique Contact Suspension Units for chandeliers or other lights that lock the chandelier to the ceiling when raised and make and break the electrical connection automatically. These can be used with manual or electric lighting winches and greatly simplify the installation when they can be used. Alternatively twin, triple multi rope systems can be employed.

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Raising and Lowering Systems (R & L Systems) are the leading authority in the installation and maintenance of winch and hoist systems for chandeliers and other lighting installations in the UK.


  • Nothing is visible once it is raised and in place
  • Our lighting winching systems incorporate the use of contact suspension units which combine robust construction with simple and reliable operation. 
  • When the light is in its raised and operated position the contact suspension unit automatically makes electrical circuits and engages a “mechanical lock”.
  • Unlocking the unit to lower the light for maintenance automatically breaks electrical circuits therefore no live cables are lowered with the fitting.
  • One man sited at the winch position can easily and quickly lower the light for cleaning and maintenance without the need for ladders or scaffolding.
  • Our systems help employers fulfill their duty of care to employees 
  • Our systems comply with best practice guidelines by eliminating the need to work from height and ensuring that the suspended load has two means of support.
  • All lighting maintenance systems are tested and certificated to LOLER guidelines 
  • Planned maintenance packages ensure continuation of these compulsory annual checks.


  • Control can be either wall mounted push buttons, a flying lead style plug in remote or a full radio remote system.
  • The winch system is operated by a remote self- sustaining hand winch or motorised winch which is connected to the Contact Suspension Unit by a steel wire rope and pulleys.
  • Although our winching systems are most commonly used for lighting fittings such as chandeliers or high mast lighting, they can also be used for other items such as fans, speakers and sensor units.

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