Downlights is a New Zealand owned and operated fragranced soy candle company that manufactures luxury candles using artisanal techniques. Our candles are carefully hand poured and the entire manufacturing process supports the development of a variety of workplace skills for people with Downs syndrome and intellectual or learning disabilities.
Downlights was created in 2018 when Jennifer Del Bel from Illumina met Tony and Emma Sykes. Jennifer could see that she was in a position to help and she used Illlumina as a launchpad to give Downlights the knowledge and resources to quickly flourish. In partnering with MOXIE (Meaningful Opportunity X’ing Into Employment), Downlights continues to offer valuable work experience to a team of four young adults every week in a safe and fun environment.
Further cementing Downlight’s position as a change maker is the recent endorsement of the Akina Foundation as a registered social enterprise. The establishment of Downlights Charitable Trust donates NZ$1 from every candle sale to the New Zealand Down Syndrome and Association and Recreate NZ. Downlights has created a unique range for Downlights Fundraising, a division that supports schools, community groups and charities in New Zealand with their fundraising efforts.
We manufacture a superior soy candle that is 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, free of GMOs and wicks that are free of lead and/or zinc. Our fragrances are designed in conjunction with an award winning perfumist to create a captivating sensory experience. With high quality products made with love and enthusiastic employees, Downlights is a living, working example that altruism and capitalism can coexist..