About Us

Charter Lighting is a growing company of specialists who are passionate about creating the best lighting solutions for the art and heritage world.

With our experience in the art and lighting sectors, we have developed a deep understanding of the needs of owners, curators and property managers. We appreciate the care, dedication and often sacrifice that can be involved in keeping these precious collections together and preserving them properly for future generations to enjoy.
Our research programme is dedicated both to the sustainability of our products and to the conservation of artworks, while at all times ensuring the best possible light quality. With our own manufacturing facilities in the UK, we deliver tailor-made solutions underpinned by comprehensive consultancy and support services. We pride ourselves on providing an integrated approach to all your lighting needs, delivering solutions with careful attention to detail and prompt efficiency.

The Principal founders of Charter Lighting are Emma Dawson-Tarr, Ian Peter MacDonald and Andrew Tarr. Iain McIntosh joined as Managing Director in May 2018 to lead the business and further develop our range of products and services to meet the diverse and very high lighting standards of this discerning sector. We are supported by a team of dedicated technicians and skilled craftsmen.

Iain started working with LEDs in 2002 when he first began to focus on the particular lighting needs of the Heritage sector. Working very closely with the Historic House Association and National Trust. He developed a specialist range of Conservation Lamps for their properties. This lead to the formation of Heritage Lighting in 2010 which was set up specifically to support demanding lighting standards in our Castles, Palaces, Stately Homes and Buildings of National Importance. ELG were appointed as the National Stockist and Distributor for Heritage Lighting and Iain subsequently joined ELG as Head of Strategic Developments to further develop in this Sector. His appointment as Managing Director of Charter Lighting brings to the company his comprehensive understanding of and relationships with many of our important heritage sector members.    

Emma’s work in the field of bespoke lighting began in 1983 as a founder of Absolute Action Ltd., one of the earliest pioneers of fibre optic lighting. Early commissions included lighting selected paintings in the Long Gallery at Windsor Castle, along with similar work at Kensington Palace and the National Portrait Gallery in London, and extending to as far afield as the Hope Diamond in Washington DC and private Art Collections across Europe, the Middle East, Japan – indeed, world-wide.

Having spent twenty years working with most of the world’s great museums and many of our finest stately homes, Ian Peter was a founder of Greenled Light, one of the earliest innovators in the marketing of LED lighting to save energy for major institutions. Ten years later Ian Peter’s understanding of this technology, combined with his knowledge of and professional insight into art, enables him to advise the owners and managers of stately homes how to select the right solutions, not only to fulfil their current needs, but also to light their legacy for generations to come.

Andrew has his finger on the pulse of today’s fast-moving field of LED lighting technology and control systems, and also has many years of industry experience. This underpins the company’s rapid-response customising facility when unique challenges require unique solutions, and ensures confidence in the functional suitability, performance and longevity of the company’s bespoke lighting systems.