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Why choose a lighting winch?

Easy maintenance – Easily access equipment and dramatically cut down on maintenance downtime.

Remote control options – Use your lighting winches from afar with an easy to use remote operation.

Health and Safety

Safer operations – Remove the risk of serious injury that is associated with working at height. Our systems allow for maintenance and cleaning to happen safely at ground level.


High Risk

Prevent damage – Manually handling heavy lighting structures can quickly go wrong, leading to expensive damage to the chandelier.

Compact design – Roof space above a chandelier can be limited, so our winches are designed with space in mind for easy operation.


Reliable systems – Robust and reliable systems to hoist your lighting structures from ceiling to floor and back up again.

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International Exporters

Penny Hydraulics supply lifting equipment to over 25 countries around the world. Interested in finding out more?

Leeds Town Hall – Chandelier Winch – Solution – Light Down

Flexible design options

We know lighting fittings come in all shapes, sizes and weights. That’s why we offer a winch system for lots of different applications, from chandelier winches to high mast systems.

But our flexibility doesn’t stop at the application, we also offer a range of roping options for chandelier winches, such as the choice of a single rope or multi-rope winch systems that have multiple connections to support longer and heavier items. We also offer custom lowering distances to ensure that the load can be lowered to the right height.

Made in the United Kingdom

All bespoke and off the shelf winches are made right here in the UK, in our purpose-built manufacturing facilities. This allows us to deliver on quality and ensure the safety of our lifting solutions.

Plus, we have a nationwide network of engineers with the capacity to service our customers across the country. That way, you can be confident that your systems remain safe and compliant with legal obligations.

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Why choose Penny Hydraulics?


Bespoke Design

Our winch systems are expertly designed by our Design Engineers, to perfectly fit the space available and to raise and lower the load safely.

Manufactured in the UK

Penny Hydraulics’ winch systems are built in our purpose-built facility in North Derbyshire. This allows us to have the most stringent quality controls and ensure the systems are as safe as possible.

Service and Maintenance

Our team of Service Engineers are based throughout the UK. They are available service and maintain the systems to ensure they remain safe and compliant with legal obligations.

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Lighting winch system FAQs

What are the types of winches?


Electric systems use the mains electricity to move the hoist. This means your chandelier winch is controlled with the push of a button.

Manual systems are used by manually rotating a hand crank or winch handle. The handle can either be permanently attached to the body of the hoist or removable for a tamper-proof option.

What is used to suspend the lighting?


We always use tested and certified wire rope for suspension on both our bespoke and off the shelf self-contained winches.

The diameter of the rope used is dependent on the weight of the lighting structure.

What are the power requirements for the systems?


Our electric lighting winch systems require a domestic single phase 230v 50Hz power supply. We usually provide this as a fused spur next to the winch control box.

What are the main component parts of a chandelier winch?


Our bespoke winch systems use several component parts to function, depending on their configuration:

Hoist Assembly – The hoist assembly consists of a drum for the wire rope to feed onto an electric motor/gearbox that rotates the drum.

Pulleys – Pulleys are used to direct the rope between the Hoist Assembly and the Contact Suspension Unit.

Contact Suspension Units – When the light is in its raised and operating position the Contact Suspension Unit connects the electrical circuits and engages a mechanical lock, relieving the winch, pulleys and wire rope from tension.

Cable Reels – The cable reel pays out the electrical flex to the light fitting as it is lowered to ground level and then automatically retracts the flex when raising the fitting back up to the high level.

Hoist Control Enclosure – The hoist motor uses 3 phase power to run so we use an inverter to convert the domestic 230v power supply feeding the system to 3 phase power that the hoist motor can utilise. The inverter is housed in the Hoist Controller Enclosure and all system control circuits feedback to this enclosure.

Does the winch have to be installed directly above the fitting?


No, not at all.

With our bespoke systems, the winch can be located remotely to the main lowering point. We then use a series of pulleys to direct the hoist rope from the hoist location back to the main lowering point.

How is electricity fed to the lights when they are being raised and lowered?


Depending on the solution we specify, there are two options:

Contact Suspension Unit (CSU) or off the shelf, self-contained lighting hoist – both these systems break the electrical feed to the lighting when lowered to ground level and automatically make the electrical contacts when in the fully raised position.

Spring operated cable reel – when the light fitting needs to be energised throughout the raising and lowering process, we use a spring-operated cable reel. This pays out the electrical flex to the light fitting as it is lowered to ground level and then automatically retracts the flex when raising the fitting back up to the high level.

What safety features do you fit as standard with your hoist systems?


Secondary support – All our systems utilise a secondary support anchor when the light fitting is at the upper raised position to ensure the weight of the fitting is only on the hoist during raising and lowering.

Worm drive gearboxes – We use self-sustaining worm drive gearboxes on all our electric bespoke systems. This prevents the gearbox from running back if the motor were to fail.

 Electromagnetic brakes – The motors we use contain an electromagnetic brake that is always engaged when there is no energy to the motor.

Torque limiters – All bespoke single rope hoist assemblies have a torque limiting device fitted as standard. This ensures that the hoist will deactivate should the rope snag or become entangled to prevent over-torquing and putting it under unnecessary strain.

Slack rope switches – All bespoke single rope hoists have ‘slack rope limit switches’ fitted as standard. These constantly monitor the tension of the hoist rope and deactivate the hoist should they slacken off to prevent the hoist from paying out rope. This ensures the hoist maintains even rope lays on the hoist drum.

Limit switches We always use mechanical limit switches to ensure the ultimate range of travel can be set to avoid a light fitting impacting the floor or ceiling.

Winch inverter – The winch controller has ‘soft start’ functionality, ensuring there is a gradual, smooth acceleration up to full speed to avoid potentially dangerous jolting.

What lead time can I expect when ordering one of your lighting systems?


Bespoke lighting winches take approximately 6 weeks from design approval.

Self-contained ‘off the shelf’ lifts can be ready to ship in less than a week.

What information do you require from me in order to specify a system?


Load – The weight of the chandelier or luminaire plus any accessories must be taken into account.

Lowering distance – What is the distance from the ceiling to ground level?

Shape and design – The shape and design of the luminaire determines whether single or multiple suspension wires are required.

Control and operation – Control can be carried out via a plug-in handheld Remote-Control Unit, wireless radio remote control or hard-wired buttons on a control panel.

Lead time – How quickly do you need your lighting lift? We have a range of ‘off the shelf’ self- contained electric lighting hoists that are easy to install and on short lead times.


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Leeds Town Hall – Chandelier Winch Systems Speed Up Efficiency and Improve Safety

“The aftercare services that Penny Hydraulics offer is excellent, they’re only a phone call away to give you peace of mind. I am very satisfied with the service Penny supplied with these winches; I have no hesitation recommending them to anyone else thinking of using them.”

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