RJ in the 1920's

1919 | The beginning | Robert JULIAT, the man, founds a company designing and manufacturing lighting and projection equipment for cinemas.

1920-1960 | Cinema Lighting | Robert Juliat produces carbon arc projectors for cinema, manufacturing every component involved. A tradition of live entertainment in front of the cinema screen before each film highlights a need for a different style of lighting. Robert JULIAT responds by creating and supplying purpose-built lighting fixtures and has been the forerunner of single lens lanterns design since 1923, when its first plano-convex lantern was released.


1960's | Theatrical Lighting | Robert Juliat carbon arc projectors continue to be supplied to cinemas throughout the '60s. Jean-Charles JULIAT, who joined the team, broadens the company horizons, working on 'son et lumiere' productions and steers the company towards the development of stage lighting.

1972 | Robert Juliat SA | Jean-Charles JULIAT becomes company manager and the status of the firm are changed to "Robert Juliat SA".


1975 | First HMI Followspot | Robert Juliat introduces the first HMI followspot with integrated PSU, the 575W Pixie, and thereby introduces a concept adopted since by other manufacturers.

1986 | Construction of the factury in Fresnoy-en-Thelle

1990 | First DMX-Controlled units | In an industry first, DMX dimmer control is introduced across Robert Juliat's range of HMI profiles and followspots.


1999 | First Followspot Award: Cyrano | Robert Juliat is the first manufacturer to receive an LDI award for followspot design when the newly released Cyrano 2500W HMI followspot is named LDI Lighting Product of the Year. The award is bestowed for its outstanding quality and features which include the ergonomics of the large heat resistant, wrap-around handle and the rotating fingertip dimmer control.

2002 | Extension of the Plant | Increasing popularity and market demand leads to an extension of the premises at Fresnoy-en-Thelle. The current factory occupies over 7,000m² (75,000 sq ft).


2003 | Robert Juliat USA | François JULIAT forges links with America with international expansion in mind. Robert Juliat opens its American branch under the management of Fred LINDAUER and Robert Juliat USA is born.

2005 | Award for Espionage!| The Espion 2 DMX tester receives the Best Lighting Product of the Year Award at the EDDY Awards in New York, acknowledging it as the perfect tool for technicians working with DMX 512.


2006 | 2nd Followspot Award: Super Korrigan |The newly introduced Super Korrigan 1200W followspot wins the LDI Lighting Product of the Year award, sparking a rush for theatres to obtain the new model.

2006 | The 'Golden Spigot'! | A shoot out at the Pinewood TV studios in London sees the Robert Juliat profile range receive a coveted 'Golden Spigot' award from the British Society of Television Lighting Designers for having all the features a TV lighting designer could want!


2007 | Lancelot Gallops In |Robert Juliat redefines the concept of the followspot when it creates the 4000W HTI Lancelot – the first long-throw dynamic effects projector.

2008 | New Leadership for RJ |François JULIAT continues the family tradition by becoming the new Company Manager.


2009 | and beyond | The adventure at Robert Juliat goes on with new products in the pipeline and an on-going policy for the pursuit of excellence. Robert Juliat aims to continue to provide products the industry needs and wants, as it has done for the past 90 years, and looks forward to pushing the boundaries of innovation further as it approaches its centenary.

2010 | Robert Juliat goes green | Robert Juliat presents Aledin, the first profile to use an LED light source in a combination of power and amazing projection ability. An economical and ecological solution that is recognised by the 2010 Award for Innovation at PLASA, Aledin proves an immediate hit amongst TV studios, theatres, museums and production companies. This success is soon shared in 2011 by the Aledin 330 LED washlight.


2012 | Brighter & Smaller | Robert Juliat introduces two innovative ranges of profiles offering a compact and versatile fixture as well as a brighter LED solution.
Code names: TIBO and ZEP