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Lighting Control Pioneer Awarded MBE

Lighting Control Pioneer Awarded MBE
09 January 2023

John Woodnutt, an entrepreneur and inventor of electronic lighting control technology, has been awarded an MBE for services to business and entrepreneurship.

John is the founder of the lighting management company Delmatic, and has spent more than six decades creating smart, energy-efficient building technologies.

In the late 1950s, John pioneered innovative electronic techniques which revolutionised the control of lighting and, in 1959, founded Delmatic Lighting Control to develop and commercialise these innovations.  The products and concepts developed in those early years paved the way for the rapid implementation of energy-efficient controls during the energy crises of the 1970s.


John Woodnutt’s Achievements


Under John’s leadership, Delmatic continues to innovate smart lighting solutions for businesses. Over the years, John has relentlessly applied electronic features and technologies, generated features such as daylight-linking and corridor-hold, plug-in LCMs (lighting control modules), presence detectors, and adaptive loadshedding.


Battersea Power Station’s Lighting


The first commercial application of lighting controls in the early 1960s provided individual programmable control of every light within a forty-storey London headquarters building. Since then, Delmatic has equipped some of London’s most iconic buildings and projects including the NatWest Tower (Tower 42), the Gherkin, the Shard, Battersea Power Station and the Elizabeth Line. 

Internationally, the company supplied the world’s largest smart lighting control system for the new terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

In 2023, at the age of 96, John Woodnutt is still actively involved in his company’s work. Speaking about being named in the 2023 New Year Honours List, John Woodnutt said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this MBE. I share this recognition with my many colleagues – both within Delmatic and the wider industry sector – with whom I have worked over more than sixty years and, without whom, we could have not achieved all that we have achieved.”

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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 09 January 2023


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