Who came up with Rolls-Royce starlight headliner? A photophobia customer


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The starlight headliner was originally meant to be a one-time Rolls-Royce feature but now available upon request to all customers. See why it was made and who ordered it first!

Naijauto will always respect the Rolls-Royce luxury brand for its plethora of breathtaking bespoke features that make their cars stand out in a crowd of automobiles.

One of such amazing Rolls-Royce premium feature is the Starlight Headliner which according to the automaker; is an exact miniature map of the night sky. Its like having the night sky full of stars inside your car.


You can have a night sky full of stars right inside your Rolls-Royce car with the Starlight Headliner feature

Rolls Royce Starlight Headliner - where it all starts

This Starlight Headliner was originally designed for just one customer but has now become an optional bespoke feature available to all.

A statement by Rolls-Royce claims that;

“A Rolls-Royce client was suffering from Photophobia, an extreme sensitivity to light, and was only able to enjoy reading his daily newspaper under the starlight on his rural ranch”

The England-based automaker went further to reveal that this particular customer was the first to request for the starlight be recreated in his personal Rolls-Royce Phantom. Later in the year 2006, the luxury car was delivered to this customer with an installed total of 800 shooting stars.

After this achievement, Rolls-Royce went ahead to request for permission of commissioning the patron to continually use the starlight design in fulfilling its client's wishes for the Starlight Headliner feature.


The Starlight Headliner was originally ordered by a photophobia Rolls-Royce customer before it went viral

How Rolls-Royce Starlight Headliner is made

Since the official launch of this Starlight Headliner feature in the year 2007 which it debuted with 800 lights in the Rolls-Royce Phantom; it has now been extended to 1,340 lights that cover the entire vehicle roof length. The starlight headliner’s brightness is made adjustable through the vehicle’s infotainment system to properly suit the driver’s mood.

Rolls-Royce revealed that it takes its craftspeople an average of 9 hours to craft out the Starlight Headliner but takes more than 17 hours to craft a personalized pattern’s template.

The crafting process was described as follow;

  • The desired leather material is first perforated with holes ranging from 800 to 1,600 with each of the holes carefully counted
  • The created holes are set with fibre optic lights
  • The craftspeople then check the height of the fibres to ensure that it is correct especially on the concealed part. They also ensure that the fibres are perfectly set on the visible side of the leather surface and ready to glow


Rolls-Royce says it can take over 20-hours of tedious work to configure a personalized Starlight Headliner

The company also revealed that it takes about 20 hours to configure the Starlight Headliner with 1,340 fibre optic lights in the Rolls-Royce Wraith (limited edition) Luminary Collections. And the actual constellation of stars for each Starlight Headliner is made unique to the customer.

>>> Check how they finish the entire Rolls-Royce here: Luxury Rolls-Royce cars & how they are made

 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith fibre optic Starlight Headliner

When asked if this tedious job could be done with a robot, Rolls-Royce interestingly replied “NO”. The automaker claimed that it usually hires some detail-obsessed, dexterous individuals directly from the textile industry to come configure this spellbinding Bespoke feature that is just magical to experience.

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Oluwaseun Solomon is a prolific and diligent automobile writer at Naijauto.com. He's also an experienced digital marketer and a creative multimedia developer that specializes in video editing. He currently contributes informative and easy to read articles on topics covering transportation, traffic updates, auto industry updates, and different car reviews.
When Solomon is not writing, you will either find him composing music, editing videos or simply enjoying YouTube "TEDx Talk" videos with a chilled drink :)

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