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The Oldham caplamp brand name is derived from the family name of its founding father, Joseph Oldham, who established the company “Oldham & Sons Ltd.” In Denton, near Manchester UK in 1865.

The first Oldham safety lamp was produced in 1910, and with the expansion of the global mining industry through the 1930s requiring skilled and experienced engineers, the Oldham Miners Safety Lamp was carried by British engineers to mines around the world.

With many product developments over the decades, including advances in krypton and halogen bulbs combining with scientifically designed reflectors for optimum light focus and management, Oldham lamps developed a leading brand of lighting solutions for mining applications together with specific products for military, maintenance and other low-light operations where personal hands-free lighting has been needed in both hazardous and non-hazardous applications.

As a leading innovator, Oldham lamps were amongst the first to bring certified/approved lithium-ion caplamp batteries and LED lamptops to the mining industry, with MSHA, SIRA and ATEX approvals in 2007.

In 2011, Enersys (already the owner of “Oldham” since 2001) acquired full title ownership of the Halo range of miner’s caplamps, combining the two ranges under the Oldham Halo brand to offer the widest and most versatile range of personal, hands-free safety lamps.

Oldham Halo lamps carry approvals from ATEX for Europe, MSHA for United States, SABS/SANS for South Africa and ITACS for Australia - approval that is accepted and emulated in many other countries with strong regard for quality engineered safety products to be used in the potentially hazardous environments as experienced in the mining industry.

Innovation and safety are combined in the newest products available today, with the M1 approved AE9 caplamp standing alongside the intrinsically safe IS approved DLi cordless lamp.

Additionally, Oldham patented a design for ATEX approved locomotive batteries that are now being used in gassy/hazardous mines and other potentially explosive applications throughout Europe and other parts of the world. 

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