Introducing Thorn Lighting’s brand new portfolio for building surrounds.

Light shapes identities. It has the power to transform the way we see buildings and their surroundings, supporting orientation and wayfinding, adding interest to the everyday, and creating impactful experiences.

Thorn Lighting’s new outdoor portfolio offers a comprehensive choice of luminaires to bring building exteriors and surrounds to life, complementing architecture, providing definition and identity whilst approaching the application with dark sky sensitivity in mind. The portfolio combines two distinctive design languages for a product range that provides the flexibility to create complete lighting schemes with visual consistency throughout.

Furthermore, its new surface-mounted, in-ground, recessed, linear, flood, bollard and pole luminaires go hand in hand with its existing urban and architectural range. So, if it’s style and function you’re looking for – look no further.

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The new Axyl range, with a striking and distinctive square-edged visual identity, consists of: Etch, Geo, Gild, Glow, Greet (with wall-mounted and bollard variations), Opera, Stride, and Trim. Each with their own unique qualities, they can expertly light the building surround, creating the right effect for the right area. Axyl Etch, for example, features an optic specifically developed to provide optimum light distribution for impactful accent lighting of window reveal applications. Meanwhile, wall-mounted Axyl Stride, with its slimline design to create the effect of a recessed wall fitting, possesses excellent asymmetric light distribution and complete glare control, ensuring a dark sky sensitive and safe lighting installation as a result.


Just like Axyl, the new Cesar range, with its sleek, stylish curved aesthetic, is made up of a variety of products. Amp (ceiling- and wall-mounted), Jazz, Opera (walk-over and drive-over), Stride, Stroll (bollard and pole) and Strut all solve a particular challenge when it comes to lighting building surrounds. Well-suited to car parks, pedestrian areas and gardens, Cesar Strut, for example, is a pole luminaire featuring omni-directional light distribution, which offers maximum interdistance between each luminaire position and a soft lit effect. Moving towards the building, projects can then benefit from the likes of Cesar Jazz. Thanks to high performance COB LEDs and multiple beam angles working in harmony together, Cesar Jazz allows you to be creative with light, generating impact and drawing interest to any building or space.

Eliot Horsman, Thorn’s Head of Application for Urban & Architectural said, “Turning 95 in 2023, Thorn has a long history in lighting generally, but is well respected as a provider of functional outdoor lighting for projects covering roads, streets, sports and urban environments. However, with the addition of Axyl and Cesar, plus an inherited range of products from the former acdc brand, Thorn is now well-equipped to provide a full suite of solutions for building surrounds. I look forward to seeing how our customers utilise this exciting new portfolio to illuminate all manner of urban and architectural projects, from contemporary new build schemes, to refurbished heritage and historic properties.”

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