Miners Lamp-Home since 1873

Miners Lamps

Protector Lamp have been making miners lamps for coal mining at their factory in Eccles since 1873. We have designed and supplied safety lamps for the Olympic Torch Relay and Holy Fire transit for the last 30 years. The GR6S Garforth coal mining lamp is the approved method of checking for firedamp in all UK coal mines. Mining lamps also known as the Eccles or Davy Lamp, are based on the Sir Humphrey Davy  principle. They have been in constant use in coal mines since 1815 replacing candles and other open flames which were the cause of so many explosions.

Olympic Torch Relay

Protector Lamps have carried the Olympic Flame for Olympic and other torch relays over the last 30 years.

Mining Cap Lamps

Distributors of ATEX miners cap lamps and head torches.

ATEX M1 Miners Cap Lamps

Intrinsically safe miner’s cap lamps and head torches from, ATEX M1.


ATEX M1 Miners Cap Lamps

Intrinsically safe miner’s cap lamps and head torches from, ATEX M1.

 Mining cap lamps are ideal for confined space safety,search and rescue,firefighters,caving,climbing and mountain bikes. All our lamps come with a helmet web and charger and will fit any helmet with a standard cap lamp bracket.

Miners Cap Lamps

Type 6 Deputies Relighter Lamp-Coal Miners Lamp

Protector Lamp designed and manufactured The Type 6  miners lamp used for gas testing in coal mines. The lamp will safely burn methane/firedamp without causing an explosion. It is also used to test for carbon monoxide referred to as Black Damp by coal miners.

It is a development of our earliest safety lamps, first made in 1873. They incorporate the Protector self extinguishing system. This was developed and patented by Joseph Prestwich, the driving force of the company in the late Victorian period. It was tested and approved for use in mines in the 1940’s.

Following Nationalisation in 1947 it became the approved lamp for all UK Coal mines operated by the Ministry of Power under the Labour Government. As the State did not want to create a monopoly supplier they also introduced lamps from Wolf and Thomas & Williams.



Protector Lamp

Protector Lamp is best known as a producer of miners lamps.The flame safety lamp is essentially a highly sophisticated form of oil or spirit lamp of extremely robust construction.


The Protector Lamp & Lighting Company was formed in May 1873 to acquire the business and patent rights of William Edward Teale, oil and lamp manufacturer, of 11 Mark Lane, Manchester. The Company’s Memorandum of Association mentions two patents which had been obtained by Mr Teale: one dated 15th November 1869 for ‘Improvements in Mining Lamps’ and the other dated 4th December 1872 for ‘Improvements in Guards for Gas Lights, and in an improved method of Lighting while under the protection of Guards’.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Modern flame safety lamp used in mines, manufactured by Koehler

safety lamp is any of several types of lamp that provides illumination in coal mines and is designed to operate in air that may contain coal dust or gases both of which are potentially flammable or explosive. Until the development of effective electric lamps in the early 1900s miners used flame lamps to provide illumination. Open flame lamps could ignite flammable gases which collected in mines, causing explosions and so safety lamps were developed to enclose the flame and prevent it from igniting the surrounding atmosphere. Flame safety lamps have been replaced in mining with sealed explosion-proof electric lights.

Davy Lamp


Olympic Torch Relays, The Holy Fire, Special Olympics


We have become the experts on flame transit over the last 30 years.

The Olympic Flame is carried in our specially modified miner’s lamps on planes and when it is not being carried in the Olympic Torch. For each Games a fire is lit at Olympus near Athens and is then flown to the host country.


The Holy Fire is transported by plane to many Orthodox Communities around the the world during the Easter period each year in the same type of modified lamp.

The Holy Fire (Greek Ἃγιον Φῶς, “Holy Light”, Russian; Святой огонь,  Romanian; foc sfânt ) is described by Orthodox Christians as a miracle that occurs every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter.



If you are involved in a Torch Relay or Flame Transfer please look at the videos below which will show you everything you need to successfully transport and transfer a flame;

Olympic and Holy Flame transport and transfer in a miners lamp

Torch Relay Lamp Gallery

Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay

Protector Lamp Blog

Miners Lamp Blog from Eccles,England


Protector Lamp

Protector Lamp have been at Lansdowne Road Eccles since 1890. We still occupy part of our original Lamp Works.

We are open for parts, lamp servicing and miners lamp fuel 9am to 4pm Wednesday and Thursday.

You can contact us at;

Protector Holdings Ltd

Protector Lamp Business Park

Lansdowne Road



M30 9HD



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