About Us


Welcome to Francis Searchlights Limited.

Francis Searchlights Limited have designed and manufactured innovative, high quality and competitive lighting products since 1901.

The Company has achieved a Worldwide reputation of the highest standard.

From the purpose built 18,000 sq ft factory premises in Bolton, United Kingdom, the innovative products are developed and manufactured, and include; marine searchlights, vehicle lighting, security and architectural units. Francis Searchlights Limited is part of the Fort Vale Group of companies, a dynamic and market-driven enterprise with strategic locations throughout the world. The Group is headed by the Chairman, Mr. Ted Fort OBE, himself an accredited Designer and business professional with innovation, flair and drive.

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Clients vary across a wide spectrum, from commercial marine, naval, army, security and prisons, through to architectural lighting concepts and projects.

The company holds ISO9001 approval, with additional approvals for Ministry of Defence and shipbuilders around the world. Francis products also are Type Approved to MED, Lloyds Register and Russian Marine Federation.


A variety of light sources are available as standard, starting with tungsten halogen, with options of the additional efficiency of metal halide and go through to the high power xenon arc range.

The company is able to react quickly and proficiently with all new design requirements, enabling the product to be designed, manufactured and delivered on time and at the right price.


To guarantee local market expertise and high customer service levels, the company has a strategically located world-wide distribution network in place. For information, email sales@francis.co.uk and request details for your country.

Mission Statement

Francis Searchlights is customer focused and is dedicated to provide the best lighting products available. Investing in the latest design techniques and manufacturing methods, the company is committed in maintaining its Global Market leading position.

Francis Searchlights Site Content Guide

This Web Site gives information on our complete range of Searchlights, Defence Lighting, Marine Lighting, Security Lighting, Spotlights and Architectural or Building Searchlights. The Site features both Halogen Searchlights and the more powerful Xenon Searchlights. A wide variety of defence and security lighting products are featured with galleries displaying both Searchlights and Marine lighting applications.

  • Manual or Remote Control Marine Lighting
  • Halogen Searchlights
  • Marine Searchlights
  • Security Lighting
  • Xenon Search Lights
  • Defence Lighting
  • Tungsten Halogen Searchlights
  • Security Search Lights
  • Marine Searchlights
  • Architectural Searchlights
  • Building Search lights
  • Security Lighting
  • Spotlights