Zumtobel pays up in faulty luminaires dispute

Zumtobel Lighting has been forced to pay £120,000 compensation and legal costs after a batch of defective luminaires was installed in car showrooms across the UK, it has been revealed.

Light on Line limited, the supplier of the lighting equipment to the showrooms, sued the company along with another company, Project Management Lighting limited, for £240,000 after they undertook remedial work on the equipment.

Zumtobel admitted that the lighting they supplied was defective but denied that this caused the loss and damage alleged by Light on Line. Part of the claim by Light on Line was for services provided by them to Zumtobel to rectify the problem.

The parties agreed to settle for £120,000 and also agreed that the case – which was settled last July – would remain confidential , but the settlement came to light when a dispute over a costs claim for £350,000 led to a significant legal ruling on success fees for lawyers.

Both Light on Line and Zumtobel declined to comment.