Leader in LED Luminaire Manufacturing
Switch Lighting ... sustainable LED solutions
Jon Maunsell and Gerard Woods first started working on LED products together in 2009. Jon comes from an electronics background and Gerard is a Mechanical Engineer. The two skill sets compliment each other well in the designing and manufacturing of LED products. Jon first investigated LED back in the late 1990s, not long after the Nichia Engineer Shuji Nakamura invented the first high brightness white LED in 1993.
In 2003 Jon designed and built his first LED light. Since then it has been a steady progression of learning and developing lighting products. So with over 10 years in developing LED lighting products, half of them involving Gerard's Engineering skills, Switch Lighting is proud to be the leader in LED luminaire manufacturing in New Zealand. We create lights that are designed for the New Zealand environment, be that on the coast or on top of a mountain in the National Parks of New Zealand.
Some of our successes are:
First lighting company to manufacture LED lights in NZ
First lighting company to achieve IC-F classification
First lighting company to achieve Energy Star accreditation
First lighting company to manufacture a fully sealed tilt luminaire
Winner – Innovation Award
Nelson Tasman Chamber Business Awards 2013
Winner – Product Award
IES ANZ Lighting Design Awards 2014
Supplier of the Year 2019 - NZ Trade Group
(2nd most preferred supplier)
We believe in providing a quality product that we can guarantee
Our Valuable Team Members
Gerard is responsible for the overall strategy and vision for Switch Lighting. Gerard is also actively involved in the Lighting Council of NZ where he sits on the Executive Committee. He represents LCNZ on AS/NZ standards committee EL041 which is responsible for updating and maintaining safety standards for general lighting. When he's not working, you will find Gerard enjoying one of his outdoor pursuits: kite-surfing, paddle-boarding, snowboarding or adventure riding on his KTM990 bike.
Jon is the technical brains behind Switch Lighting: running our Research and Development department. Jon has been designing and creating LED lighting products since 2003. Over this time he has built up a very comprehensive knowledge about how to create the best LED products. When not developing the latest innovations, Jon can be found spending time with his daughter and partner or out on the trails on his mountain bike.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Bryce has been with Switch Lighting since May 2015 after working for several years on our Advisory Board. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Sales team after having been with Fisher & Paykel whiteware for 15+ years in a senior international role. Bryce enjoys surfing off his front lawn in his downtime.
Central North Island
Suzie is based in Papamoa and looks after the Central North Island which encompasses South Auckland down to Napier. Suzie is very active in this region promoting the Switch brand and educating our customers and their customers on our products and LED technology in general. Suzie can assist with selecting the right products for your new build or renovation.
Contact Suzie directly on 027 950 4007
Auckland & Upper North Is
David is based on the North Shore of Auckland. He is responsible for the Central Auckland and Northland region. David has very good technical knowledge of LED products. When not working with his customer base, David enjoys getting out on his jet ski for some fishing in the Manukau Harbour.
Contact David directly on 021 0231 1675
Johnny is based in the Wellington region. He is responsible for the Central NZ area running from Taranaki right down to Nelson/Marlborough. In his spare time Johnny is an avid sports fan and an absolute fishing nut who will get out on the water as often as possible to get his fix.
Contact Johnny directly on 027 226 6007
Canterbury & South
Becs is based in Christchurch and her territory covers from North Canterbury, across to the west coast and all the way down to the bottom of the South Island. Becs brings amazing passion for sustainable products and customer service to our team.
Contact Becs directly on 027 226 6116
Wholesale & Trade
Reece joined Switch in November 2020 after seven years based in London. His territory covers North Canterbury, the West Coast and to the bottom of the South Island. Although new to the LED/Electrical Industry he comes from a commercial interiors background and loves working for a New Zealand owned company with strong values.
Contact Reece directly on 027 259 1249
Contact Richard directly on 03 928 0071 or pop in to see him in our Nelson showroom.
Pip is based in our Nelson office and can assist you with any invoicing queries. Pip has experienced a variety of industries in her administration career, from large scale manufacturing to retail. Outside of the office she enjoys family time at Nelson Lakes National Park with her husband and three adult children.
Production & Customer Services Manager
Jeanette is the friendly voice on our end of the phone when you ring up with queries about an order. Originally from Yorkshire, she now lives in Richmond.
Customer Service Administrator
Ella worked in an Electrical wholesaler for 3 years prior to moving to Switch Lighting. She lives in Brightwater with her partner and two cats.
Rod is our main man working with Jon in Research and Development. With many years in Electronics and the last 10 years specialising in LED technology, Rod brings a great deal of expertise to our R&D team. Rod is also available for any technical queries.
Jason is engaged in Research and Development, specialising in photometrics, conformance and prototype testing. Jason is broadly qualified from professional chef to IT and electrical. He is available to field any technical inquiries. In his spare time Jason likes to travel and enjoys skiing whenever he can.
Chris manages quality processes and continuous improvement. He gained his expertise within the German car industry prior to relocating to New Zealand in 2017. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his family going hiking, kayaking or playing tennis.
Contact Lindsay directly on 03 928 0526
Outside of work, Ellie is a mum of 3 kids and 2 dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, dog walking, running and having a laugh with her friends.
Our beloved Truffle sadly passed away on Friday August 6th 2021. She will be missed very much.