About us

Carclo Optics was originally known as Combined Optical Industries and founded by Arthur Kingston in 1936 – inventor of the plastic lens.

The LED specialist team was formed in 2003 and re-branded Carclo Optics in 2012 to better portray the Company's capabilities.

Custom optics, modules and systems are created by our industry leading design experts. There is a wide range of bespoke standard optics, reflectors and holders available that are also designed by the in-house design team.

Carclo Optics offer an unrivalled customer experience from concept to completion and beyond.

Carclo Optics has offices, manufacturing and stock holding facilities in the UK, USA, China, India and Czech Republic. The UK and USA have their own in-house design capabilities.

This enables us to offer a personal, localised service on a truly global scale.


Our highly experienced in-house mechanical and optical design team have access to a full suite of mechanical and optical design tools – providing custom solutions for any application.

From concept through to manufacture, we work closely with customers to ensure a cost effective, high quality end solution is delivered to strict timescales. All projects are fully managed by a specific team of people ensuring that the requirements are fully understood and met. We develop close working partnerships with our customers providing regular updates, meetings and discussions on the progression of the project plan.

As well as an impressive design suite of software, we also have in-house QA and optical test & measurement equipment.

Our fully owned global manufacturing plants enable local production and duplicate tooling for multiple local market locations. We have manufacturing capabilities in UK, USA, China, India and Czech Republic. Both UK and USA sites have in-house design and development capabilities.