Shady Lady Lighting - History


Shady Lady Lighting is New Zealand premiere Fabric Shade Manufacturer, and an Importer of a wide range of Lighting based in Lower Hutt (NZ). Our Manufacturing base specialises in making and supplying quality Fabric shades. We manufacture to any specifications and no order is too small or too big. We have supplied our shades and Lighting to a range of top locations including many Restaurants, Event Centres, Government Departments, Museums. Theatres, Hotels, Offices, Shopping Centres and countless Homes throughout New Zealand and beyond.


Shady Lady Lighting has a very long history in one form or another, and the original company that was to become Shady Lady Lighting was started over 40 years ago. The Shady Lady Lighting name began as a small manufacturer in 1979 supplying the local market with quality hand-made fabric shades. Up until December 2002 we were based in Woburn (a Lower Hutt suburb), in a building that was originally the Woburn Picture Theatre (the "Prince Edward"). We re-located our Manufacturing and Retail showroom to 446 Cuba Street, Alicetown (Lower Hutt) in January 2003. This was to take advantage of the larger space we required for our growing retail showroom which had outgrown the Woburn location and had long being selling a large range of Lighting products to compliment the shades we manufactured. It was during our time at Alicetown that we branded the retail showroom first "Shady Lady Lighthouse" and then "Wellington Lighthouse" when we were temporary part of the then "lighthouse" group. Following more growth, and a demand for larger and larger shades, in 2009 we moved our manufacturing and importing our current factory at Unit 1, 2 Horlor street, Naenae. This allowed our retail showroom in Alicetown to take over the space vacated by the warehouse and double in size. September 2014 saw us relocate the Lighting showroom from Alicetown and open our current large showroom at 3 Rutherford Street, Central Lower Hutt. At this time we re-branded the showroom back from "Wellington Lighthouse" to the original name favoured by our regular customer base - Shady Lady Lighting. This is open Mon-Fri 9.00 - 5.00, and Saturdays 9.30 - 4.00. This showroom has a large range of our products on display, including New Zealands largest range of re-production lighting. Today we continue supply New Zealand with the shades you see in Quality Lighting Showrooms, Shopping Centres, Hotels, Restaurants, Museums, Cafes and of course your Homes. We are also the agents for a number of major lighting brands including the historic LODE Lighting (re-production and historical lighting second to none), Lights and Lamps (Australasia's largest Table and floor Lamp supplier), and several European parts and components manufacturers.

The "Shady Lady"

The famous "Lady" logo has been around for a very long time and has seen many other logos and companies come and go in that time. There are several stories behind it, and who the Lady the logo was based on actually was (both fact and fiction...) In 2008 the "Lady" Logo was finally retired after 29 years of service, and was replaced with the newer logos including the one you see at the top of our web-pages today.

Woburn Picture Theatre (Prince Edward)

This was our home for over 20 years and it was a grand building to work in. It had a fabulous history and many stories to tell about the movies that were shown in the theatre over the years. We had our shade making area upstairs and the retail shop downstairs (you walked up the original wide theatre staircase to get between the two). The building saw us grow from a shade making company to a very well know lighting shop specializing in custom made shades, but also supplying a wide variety of other lighting.




Shady Lady Lighting • Lower Hutt, Wellington, NZ • Ph 04-939-2829 • Wholesale 04-567-9797 •