A little of our story

With over 30 years of professional experience and expertise from industry-leading companies, Toria and Mike decided to combine their technical and creative knowledge in 2014 to create the award winning company, Lighting by Plum. Since our inception, Lighting by Plum has worked on over 600 residential homes and gardens including listed buildings, new builds, buy to sell developments, flats and apartments, country estates and barn conversions.

The technical knowledge that Toria, Mike and their highly skilled team have of the fast-paced lighting industry, along with their highly creative approach to lighting, design and control, will ensure your project is not only kept on track but also compliant with the latest industry standards and regulations.

Meet the team

Toria Thorpe, BA (Hons)

Creative & Design Director, Founder

Mike Thorpe, BA (Hons)

Design & Technical Director

Ben Hooper, BA (Hons)

Senior Designer

Lauren Knight, BA (Hons)


Connor Castle, BSc (Hons)


Lighting by Plum's philosophy

Creating and installing decadent lighting that can be controlled with the latest technological advances is the perfect pairing. We aim to be brave enough not to light and design with the contrast of dark as well as light. We look to establish a connection between the user and their home to ensure the lighting enhances the space. This involves using lighting to lead the user through the home, establishing subtle wayfinding and lighting a room sympathetically and creatively according to its use and style.

We understand that your home is more than the bricks and mortar it’s created with. It’s about the feeling you get when you walk through the door and how the mood of a room can reflect your own feelings. That’s why Lighting by Plum uses light to create beautiful spaces that are flexible, comfortable, and striking. 

Project: Wentworth Mansion

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We are a home automation business and have had the pleasure of working alongside Lighting By Plum. They provide a high level of professionalism and quality, we regularly recommend them to other clients.

Powertrac Electrical Services

Mike did a brilliant job helping us to light our new kitchen and recommend light fittings which we loved. It makes a real difference to the feel and look of the kitchen - money well spent.

Jo Mayhead

I can not recommend Lighting by Plum enough. They were incredibly professional, provided a fantastic service and were literally the best part of our building project. We really look forward to working with them again on stage 2 of our build.

Clare Wright

Mike Thorpe of Lighting by Plum takes all the pain out of everything to do with your lighting and he has a great manner too.Nothing is too much trouble and he always responds quickly to emails and phone calls.I strongly recommend him.

Jane Leonard

A long overdue review however, I met Toria through a network meeting back in 2014, her technical knowledge and great ideas along with her likeable and bubbly personality encouraged me to hire her services for my own renovation project in 2015-17. As an Interior designer I had a very clear idea of the lighting scheme and effect `I wanted but needed Toria's technical knowledge to realise the desired effect. She also put forward some of her own ideas that I hadn't thought of that worked extremely well. I cannot recommend Toria and Mike enough, they are extremely professional, knowledgeable and you will always feel comfortable asking them anything relating to lighting!

Studio Alpa

We used Lighting by Plum during our house renovation, Mike and Tori had clever ideas as to how to really use lighting to enhance the space as well as zone each area if open plan. We love their lighting ideas, some really simple and I now spent time mesmerised at the different lights and atmosphere created!! In addition when our electrician got stuck, Mike would pop round and sort it out. He really went above and beyond.

Private Residence

I was trying to source some fibre optic lighting for a bathroom , so that it would show up as a star constellation. Lighting by Plum provided me wiht all the information i needed and a perfect option for my customer

Automated Project Solutions

Lighting is a key component in my garden designs. Working with Lighting by Plum ensures that the lighting in my garden design projects brings out the best of the garden's features and ensures that my clients can fully enjoy their gardens after sunset.

Christine Wilkie Garden Design

Toria is a very lovely, warm, down to earth and really helpful professional. You feel that you can ask her the most silly questions and you will get a great answer. Toria went above what was expected and she was just a pleasure to work with.

Michele Barker

Lighting by plum’s ideas transformed our building project into something truely special. They were fantastic to work with and are highly recommended.

Private Residence