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P E O P L E 11 Comment

Editor, Gill Anderson discusses lighting, and more …

13 News

 News, appointments & diary dates for the month ahead

17 Interview – A Mitie fine job

Kerry Sheehan, the man behind the company’s lighting services

51 News 53 Five of the best

57 Case study –

Jennifer Hamilton, director of The Vawdrey House

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The cost of lighting hospitality environments 24/7

35 Opinion – Wired

Ridi Lighting’s Mike Attard in control of the controls

E N E R G Y E F F I C I E N T 37 News 41 Our survey says …. Part II

The second instalment of industry’s take on the LED debate

On the shoulders of giants Shipyard cranes in Pula’s picturesque harbour


85 10 minutes with ….

Kit list for lighting stage events and festivals

61 News 63 Beauty tips

Treatments for specialist retail outlets

A new boutique store in SW6

67 Case study – Game, set and match

SPECIALIST 71 News 74 A night at the museum

Gallery and museums

DALD at the V&A

SABIC’s Venugopal Koka discusses e ngineering thermoplastics for LEDs

80 Case study – Back in time 83 Opinion – Plastic fantastic

46 Case study – In the eye of the beholder

Florence gets ready for F-Light

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Welcome to my world

Cover image: Lighting Giants in Pula Harbour, Croatia, courtesy of Skira


Gill Anderson editor@tlmagazine.co.uk Design/production

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Antony Allen antony.allen@tlmagazine.co.uk Managing director

Stuart McCreery

As a self-confessed shopaholic, I was delighted when M&S followed the example set by John Lewis and started rolling out a premium accessories section across its store portfolio. When John Lewis launched it’s posh undies’ department, the iconic retailer really pushed the boat out with some stunning lighting from Austrian company, Kolarz. If memory serves, each fitting took something in the region of 8,000 frou-frou crystals, which were suspended from two rectangular frames – one inside the other - that fwere designed to float above the displays - and were, of course, lit with LED. The designer working on M&S’ premium roll out, Chris Dewar Dixon, obviously liked what he saw at John Lewis, as he too has jumped on the Kolarz crystal bandwagon. Marks & Sparks now features very different, but equally stunning, suspended glass fittings. If you can tear your eyes away from the luxury leather goods for a moment – have a look upwards next time you’re in store; you’ll be glad you did. Traditionally, August was seen as a slow month for lighting. According to my (mostly unreliable, it must be said) sources, the entire city of Birmingham, where almost all of the UK’s lighting manufacturers seem to have been based at one time, apparently packed their cases and headed for the coast, where they rolled up their collective trouser legs, donned their knotted hankies, and breathed the sea air for four weeks, before returning to fire up the factories once more on 1 September (don’t shoot the messenger here). If there was ever any truth in the story, it certainly isn’t the case now. According to recent Government figures, the industry is enjoying one of its busiest - and most profitable - periods for decades. Of course, the reasons are straightforward enough: the urgent need for energy savings, together with the ever-growing interest in all things technological, (and having colourchanging lighting linked to a home AV system before the neighbours even knew it existed, so you can show and tell over the hedge with the help of your smartphone), makes lighting currently one of the biggest growth industries. As I write, London is gearing up for its regular September celebration of all things design-oriented – and this year, I’m delighted to see that lighting is going to be taking an even bigger role in the proceedings. Not too long ago, the lighting element of most UK design shows was relegated to a small corner – almost an afterthought. But not any more! The design community has really woken up to the power of illumination and it’s now widely recognised as the single trendiest element of an interior scheme – something the lighting industry always knew, of course. Next month, TL will feature news from as many of the shows and events happening around the Capital as possible, so watch out for previews of Tent, 100% Design, Decorex, and of course, the new kid on the block, designjunction’s standalone little sister, lightjunction.

Gill Anderson | editor

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HIGHLIGHT Appointments GLP US has announced the appointment of Greville Kellett to the position of west coast sales manager. Originally from the UK, Kellett comes to GLP having had positions with soft goods manufacturer, Dazian, California-based Big Hammer Productions, and before his move to the US, White Light. Speaking on his appointment, Kellett commented: ‘I have seen GLP becoming a stronger and stronger presence in the market since I have been in the US, and I am very much looking forward to continuing that trend.’

Northern Lights has appointed Paul Wade to the role of managing director. He joins the company from a commercial interiors background, and has extensive industrial and management experience in the contract furnishing market. Commenting on his role, Wade said: ‘I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead the business to a whole new level, and looking forward to not only working with a great team, but also meeting our customers and partners’

NDYLIGHT has appointed Daniel Green as a senior lighting designer at its London studio. Most recently working as a principle lighting advisor and scheme designer for Havells Sylvania, Green has collaborated with high profile architects and designers during his career to date, working across the retail, leisure, residential, and commercial sectors.

Chelsom’s international expansion continues with the appointment of Roberto Granda as official representative for the UAE. Granda has an extensive background within both the hospitality and contract furnishings market spanning 18 years, the last eight at Richmond Enterprises, an FF&E company based in Dubai. He brings an impressive knowledge of the international hospitality marketplace to the role, commenting: ‘I am extremely pleased to be joining the Chelsom team and to be adding lighting to my contract knowledge. ‘During my career in the hospitality marketplace I have understood that providing first class client service is paramount to any business relationship. I want to add that first class service to Chelsom’s ever-growing reputation for superior design and quality out here in the UAE.’

Robe Lighting has strengthened its technical service department in the US with the addition of industry professional, Ambrose Gumbs, who has joined the company as technical service department manager. Gumbs was most recently with Martin Professional, where he started out 14 years ago as bench technician and soon specialised in lighting console and PCB repairs. ‘This is an awesome opportunity for me to be part of something great that is happening within this industry,’ he said. ‘I’m very happy to be here at Robe working with an amazing group of people.’

The supervisory board of Osram Licht AG has, in agreement with Dr Peter Laier, approved the termination of his appointment as a member of the managing board of the company. The company says Laier is leaving the Group due to ‘differing views within the managing board regarding the management and direction of the business’. The succession process has already been initiated. ‘On behalf of the supervisory board, I thank Dr Laier for his successful and dedicated work in our company,’ said Peter Bauer, chairman of the supervisory board. ‘We regret the separation, and wish him success for his professional future.’

Architainment has announced the appointment of Paul Vallis to the role of key account manager. With 20 years’ experience in the industry representing brands, including Thorn, Tridonic, GE and Philips, he has developed a strong network within the specification market.

Design festival delight Showcasing the best in furniture, lighting, and product design, September’s designjunction event during London Design Festival will feature a whole floor dedicated to lighting – aptly named lightjunction. The event, held at The Sorting Office in New Oxford Street aims to enable interior designers to see the latest lights and lighting trends, meet the people behind the designs, and increase brand awareness. The show, which will be curated by Peter Younie of Cameron Peters Fine Lighting, runs from 17-21 September.

It’s a date... Shanghai International Lighting Fair 3-5 September 2014 World Expo Exhibition & Conference Center, Shanghai, China

Tent London 18-21 September 2014 Old Truman brewery, London www.tentlondon.co.uk

Light India 18-21 September 2014 Pragati Maidan Bhairon Marg, New Delhi

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The Energy Event 16-17 September 2014 NEC, Birmingham


Decorex International 21-24 September, 2014 Kensington Palace, London


100% Design 17-20 September 2014 Earls Court 2, London



designjunction, incorporating lightjunction 17-21 September 2014 The Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street, London www.designjunction.co.uk

The Boston Lights Expo 18 September 2014 Marriott Copley Place, Boston, Mass

LpS 2014 30 Sept – 2 October 2014 Festspielhaus Bregenz Bregenz, Austria www.LpS2014.com

Illuminotronica 9-11 October 2014 PadovaFiere Exhibition Centre, Padua, Italy www.illuminotronica.it


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he man behind Mitie’s lighting services, Kerry Sheehan, is a self-confessed geek when it comes to lighting, so he fits right in here! Sheehan runs the company’s nationwide mobile service, which operates across the entire UK to deliver mobile technical FM services. In 2012, Mitie launched LIFE – Lighting In Future Environments – with the single aim to take on the management of property owners’ estates for a fixed term. LIFE covers all aspects of the lighting process, including design, installation, energy supply and technical upgrades. Can you tell us about Mitie’s lighting services, its background, and how it has reached its current position? Mitie has a strong heritage in the lighting industry. Our people’s collective experience, and the evolution of the business spans 50 years. Starting with a small lighting contract for 12 Boots The Chemist stores, which then became our first national comprehensive lighting maintenance contract, the business has taken a journey from a small lighting business to become the largest lighting maintenance contractor in the UK, acquired by Mitie in 2009.


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All market sectors are striving to reduce their energy costs and reduce maintenance costs through improving technology’ In general terms, who is your usual customer – the architect, the lighting designer, the contractor or end user? In general, we deal directly with the end user, where the majority operate in the traditional sectors of retail, commercial, health and education. Examples include companies such as Sainsbury’s, Primark, and Vodafone.

Has the shift towards low energy lighting caused a change to who that ‘usual’ customer is? There can be no doubt that the drive to lower energy solutions has opened up some market sectors that were disinterested in maintenance solutions alone. The financial savings that can be achieved are very attractive to local authorities, hospitals, and schools, as well as the more traditional sectors.

Is that the same as five or ten years ago, when lighting technology was – by comparison with now – pretty static? The market has changed since the evolution of LED and new technology; all market sectors are striving to reduce their energy costs and reduce maintenance costs through improving technology. Extended warranty packages are now offered to offset conventional maintenance costs.

Market forces are driving a huge trend towards LED uptake – possibly the biggest shift in a century. What effect has that had on the company, and how have you managed the transition to low energy light sources? Although LED is new, this type of change in lighting has happened before. Whenever a new lamp source is introduced, there is a period of settling in before the real advances occur. We saw this with fluorescent, compact fluorescent, dichroic and ceramic metal halide technology. We anticipate that the market trend over the next few years will be towards more refit projects to improve energy efficiency or image enhancement, and fewer conventional lighting maintenance contracts, as LED’s longer service life results in fewer failures.

What do you see as the next big developing technology to affect the company? In the next five years, we believe that LED technology will continue to improve, with increased lamp efficacy and service life. Organic LED will also be developed to a commercially viable level. However, we believe that improved and effective lighting controls and wireless control systems will have a major impact over the coming years, as other avenues for savings are explored by the already sophisticated UK consumer market.

What is the most important aspect of a bespoke lighting package for Mitie?

We believe that we can be seen to be independent by the customer, and offer the best solution with no allegiance to any manufacturer. The most important criterion is that the lighting is suitable and fit for purpose. Energy efficiency and reduced maintenance regimes are, of course, very important provided the integrity of the lighting installation is protected.

How do you set about working with a new client to achieve their vision? It’s about providing a bespoke solution for every client - and the first stage of that is to understand what their vision is. Once we agree parameters with the client, we tailor our service offering to accommodate their requirements.

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Although LED has improved vastly in recent years, there is still a place for conventional light sources’ and provided suitable light levels and robustness. The development stage presented some challenges, but the roll out across Sainsbury’s 220 stores was successful and has had a positive impact on their retail environment.

Which project you’ve undertaken has given you the most satisfaction? The Tesco refrigeration project we carried out in 2011 became the benchmark for refrigeration lighting across the supermarket industry. All of the main players in the market followed suit by converting their existing refrigerated estates to LED, and all specified LED for their new units.

What upcoming lighting technology excites you?

Our focus is on staying ahead of the curve and offering our clients the latest solutions before they become the norm’ That can include a number of factors, including image, energy conservation, reduced maintenance requirement, reduced carbon emissions, reduced mercury, and end-of-life recycling.

What was the most difficult or challenging project you’ve undertaken, and why was that the case? To date, probably one of the most challenging was pioneering LED chiller and refrigeration lighting with Sainsbury’s. They had used conventional fluorescent tubes, which didn’t perform well at cold temperatures; the brittle lamps and holders were frequently damaged by customers closing refrigerator doors. It was clear from the outset that LED would be an excellent light source in refrigeration, but we worked with the client and with Philips Lighting to develop a bespoke product that was both aesthetically pleasing

Being a self-confessed lighting geek, it doesn’t take much to raise my interest, but I think the opportunities in LED lighting represent some of the most exciting changes to the industry in a very long time.

Some LDs feel they’re under pressure from their clients to use LEDs for every application, regardless of whether it’s the most suitable option. Do you believe LEDs can be used in place of every other light source, or should we still be choosing the source depending on the job it has to do and the fitting housing it -regardless of its ‘green’ credentials? Although LED has improved vastly in recent years, there is still a place for conventional light sources. Our approach is to review every project and consider the following criteria: • Fit for purpose lighting • Energy efficiency • Image or appearance • Maintenance regime • Environmental impact • Whole life cost • Investment vs payback Only when all of these aspects of the design have been considered, can an informed decision be made.

Planned lighting maintenance contracts are becoming more popular, especially with the bigger

corporations. Is Mitie still involved in this area, and if so, can you tell us how it works? Most big corporations have some form of planned lighting maintenance, and this is particularly prevalent in the retail marketplace. However, in all sectors companies are recognising that planned lighting maintenance is the most cost effective way to maintain their lighting installations. As the market leader, with 50 years’ heritage in the industry, we were the first company to introduce planned lighting maintenance and comprehensive contracts to the UK. The introduction of LED will see our service evolve with market requirements over the coming years.

Is it something that small companies should be looking at, or is it really designed for the likes of Tesco etc.? All companies, regardless of size, will benefit from a tailored planned lighting maintenance programme. It allows them to budget properly, minimise the impact of breakdowns and disruption within the workplace, and improve the quality of their lighting.

What’s on the agenda for the second half of 2014 and beyond? Our customers expect us to be at the forefront of technology and not just a maintenance provider. They expect us to provide solutions for all of their lighting needs, to help them meet the challenges of ever-increasing energy costs. Our focus is on staying ahead of the curve and offering our clients the latest solutions before they become the norm.

Without the aid of a crystal ball, what do you see as the future for Mitie over the next five years? We expect energy-based contracts to continue to grow, as energy costs increase and technology continues to improve. Installing controls is likely to become more popular across all market sectors as a solution to increased energy prices. CON TACT Philips Lighting www.meethue.com

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HIGHLIGHT Winning combination

Surrey-based Ornamental Garden Lighting is boosting its operation after winning a national business competition and securing support from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Mike Shackleton, a film lighting cameraman and director and his partner Nicky Gregory, spotted a gap in the market for bespoke architectural and garden lighting that could create the same high quality effects as professional film equipment and started the business in 1994. In order to expand the business, Shackleton approached Lloyds Bank Commercial to secure a fivefigure funding package. Following a period of rapid growth after securing the funding, he entered

Ornamental Garden Lighting into a national business mentoring competition run by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and The Times. After seeing off competition from hundreds of firms across the country, the business was announced as one of five winners. Shackleton received a top prize of one-to-one business mentoring from Dragons’ Den star and founder of Yo! Sushi, Simon Woodroffe. He said: ‘This year has got off to a fantastic start. Following the funding from Lloyds, we have seen a dramatic improvement to our stock management, and this in turn has meant we are able to provide a much quicker, more efficient service for our customers. We’ve found that our business has been growing steadily through word of mouth recommendations, and the positive feedback from our clients has been a huge confidence boost for us. ‘The bank has played an instrumental role in helping us to achieve this. Without their support and genuine commitment to helping us grow, none of this would have been possible.

Business award for Zeta Zeta Specialist Lighting fought off strong competition to pick up The Integration Technology Export Award at the recent Cherwell Valley Business Awards. The company was also shortlisted for Business of the Year. Managing director, Phil Shadbolt said: ‘We are delighted to have been recognised at this prestigious business event. The whole of the team has worked really hard to accelerate growth, especially internationally. The export market remains a significant part of our business, and we’re on track to triple this part of the business during 2014.’ Earlier this year, Zeta received Government funding via AMSCI for a project valued at £5m. The three-year venture with Plessey Semi-Conductors involves investment in plant and machinery, test equipment and staff, in order to accelerate the business’ development in LED lighting. Last month, Zeta was awarded a Silver Scoot Headline Award; the campaign which recognises and rewards the successes and achievements of British businesses.

Vegas-bound Another US-based company,Christie Lites has moved to larger premises in Las Vegas to accommodate increased demand for its entertainment lighting and rigging services. This expanded location further strengthens Christie Lites’ multi-office network, supplying full service stage lighting

No growing pains Harvard Engineering has announced it has expanded its sales and marketing team to meet significant customer demand and growth in the US. UK-based Harvard opened an office in San Diego 18 months ago with a staff of one. The team now includes a marketing department and a growing sales team to manage opportunities in the US, Canada, and Latin America. The company has also set up a warehouse facility in New Jersey to reduce shipping lead times of stock items across the region. Antony Corrie, VP, Harvard Americas, commented: ‘We are extremely pleased with the success we have experienced over the last 12 months. It is important we maintain the momentum that is building around our successful entry into the US market. We have recruited industry professionals with this in mind and I am looking forward to seeing opportunities come to fruition.’ equipment rentals across North America. Ken Alexander, VP rentals said: ‘The Christie Lites Vegas operation services the full gamut of market sectors, with an emphasis on corporate, trade shows and concert touring. ‘We look forward to a substantial increase in our capacity to

support our growing client base from this important hub. The new larger space will also allow us to provide much better prep space to the master electricians and show crews, as well as allow the staff to turn equipment around from show to show more quickly and to the highest level of operational standards.’

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Lighten the load The cost of lighting hospitality environments 24/7


ake the average hotel or bar; lights are on all night - and often all day too. Historically, adding ambience to the venue was the prime – if not only consideration when selecting a lighting scheme, but the ever-more astronomical cost implications of lights that are left to burn 24-hours a day, is forcing many hospitality business owners to re-think their lighting strategy. Jason Ng, marketing communications specialist at MK Electric explained: ‘Ensuring an “always on” building is adequately lit twenty-four hours a day can be an expensive undertaking. Statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that across a broad selection of nondomestic applications, lighting represents, on average, 21 per cent of a building’s total energy consumption. That’s a lot of energy, and with UK power prices on the rise, it’s also potentially plenty of pound coins. ‘For hotels that are trying to light a range of different types of spaces cost-effectively, such as bars, restaurants and guestrooms, combining LED lighting with an LED dimmer can significantly reduce energy bills. However, not all hotels have yet embraced LED lighting, much less LED dimming! With energy prices at such high levels, now is the perfect time to take the plunge. One venue where the owners have done just that is the beautiful Forsthofalm hotel, set 1,050m above sea level in the Austrian Alps. With the latest LED lighting technology from Megaman installed throughout the hotel, savings of €38,973 in electricity and 120038kg in CO2 emissions are being recorded. The Forsthofalm began life as a small mountain restaurant in the 1970s, growing to include the hotel - built using locally sourced timber - and a large extension completed in late 2013.

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Energy savings is useless if the all-important ambience is destroyed in a bid to drive down costs’ With a strong ecological ethic, the owners were keen to light the hotel in a way that was sympathetic to the surrounding natural environment. As well as being highly energy efficient, the lighting needed to bring out the warmth of the wood’s natural grain, and provide an inviting, comfortable year-round welcome to Forsthofalm’s guests. Working with Leopold Rokos, the owner chose to use Megaman’s LED lamp technology in the original building as well as the new extension. Owner, Markus Wiedauer, explained: ‘The original hotel and the extension have both been built on passive construction principles. This means that every step of the way, we and our architects have looked at the ecological footprint of the construction materials used, and chosen those with the least environmental impact. ‘Our choice for the hotel’s lighting supports our passion for sustainable, energy efficient materials and technology.’ To create a soft, wash effect on the timber throughout the public and private spaces, LED PAR16 6W GU10s with a wide 35-degree beam angle were used, together with dimmable LED 11W E27s. The entire scheme was linked to a Beckhoff Lichtsysteme control solution for mood creation and to maximise the energy savings potential of the LED technology.


Energy savings is useless if the allimportant ambience is destroyed in a bid to drive down costs. Jason Ng believes venues can have both: ‘Décor aside, lighting is arguably the most important tool for creating – or indeed ruining – ambience. Soft lights in the bar; low lights in the honeymoon suite; bright lights in the stairwells; visually impactful, sure, but hotels must have the right technology to make it happen,’ he argues. ‘That’s why an essential investment for hotels is LED dimming. Hoteliers can achieve high impact aesthetic and lighting effects without spending a fortune on inefficient bulbs and missing out on the energy savings offered by LED lighting.’ Kate Lewis, a lighting specialist at Fritz Fryer says: ‘Functionality is as important as design. Designer lighting looks great, but it is essential that your lighting is functional. Dark coloured glass, wooden lampshades and quirky, bespoke fittings may look fantastic unlit, but if the bulb is obscured or they throw a coloured glare when lit, the whole mood is changed.  Customers should feel relaxed, and staff should be able to perform their tasks with ease.’

CASE STUDY The talented design team at Asco lights has delivered outstanding results for London’s Namaste Lounge. The brief was to make the renovated restaurant stand out from the crowd, so the design team opted for a vintage-meets-modern look. The lighting design process entailed meticulous planning and coordination as innovative concepts and lighting solutions were used in order to deliver the desired look. The clever use of several RGB products allowed the ambience to be subtly changed at the press of a button in order to reflect the function of each area: bar; restaurant; VIP area; casual dining; and dance floor CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT

‘Another way hoteliers can rise to the challenge of using lighting to create ambience in different ways across different parts of their building is by investing in a wireless lighting control system,’ suggests Ng. MK Electric’s Astral is just such a system. ‘This brings out the best in an environment and is the ideal lighting control solution if you are looking to enhance the ambience and atmosphere. It works with a smart interface that allows guests and staff to control lights via the simplicity and intuitiveness of the iPod, iPod touch and iPhone, with a new application which is free to download.’ Summarising, Ng said: ‘Hotels – in some ways, more than any other type of building – must provide services for their guests twenty-four hours a day. This puts incredible strain on lighting, both in terms

of managing energy efficiency to keep bills low and in creating and sustaining an appropriate ambience. ‘Investing in LED dimming and lighting controls from a trusted manufacturer is one of the best decisions hoteliers can make.’

CON TACT MK Electric www.mkelectric.com Megaman www.megamanlighting.com Beckhoff www.beckhoff.co.uk Asco Lifestyle www.asco-lifestyle.co.uk Fritz Fryer www.fritzfryer.co.uk

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With the right control strategies it’s possible to reduce energy consumption, and therefore costs by anything up to around 70 per cent’

hile it is always easier to install a new lighting control and management system into a new build, it would be foolhardy to ignore the requirements of refurbished buildings. Even where it’s impossible to install additional wiring for the comms bus, wireless protocols offer the ability to retrofit into even the oldest and most difficult of areas. At the moment, wireless controls are in their infancy, with numerous competing protocols and technologies, and for this reason our preferred route, if possible, is to use existing industry standard wired systems. As the space matures, however, it is likely that a standard will emerge, around which all the component manufacturers can focus. The obvious benefits are energy and cost savings, and these are well understood. But a fully connected system can have some surprising benefits. The movement data from the sensors can, for example, be used to ensure that building assets, such as meeting rooms are used to their fullest by checking that when they are booked, they are actually being used. When integrating room booking and lighting control, the room can be configured automatically for each user when it is allocated. As another example, one can imagine a situation where, if a room was vacant, the phone could be automatically diverted to the users’ mobile. Only by integrating the lighting controls with the building network, and allowing the free exchange of data between all the systems in an open manner, can these ideas be realised.

Current lighting systems rely heavily on the input from sensors to allow accurate and effective control strategies. In general terms, the more sensors you can fit, the better the control scheme will work. This does have a bearing on cost of course, which is why integration with other building systems is so interesting. The ubiquity of smart mobile devices, which are also connected to the building network gives the opportunity to utilise the sensors within them to allow accurate models of movement within the building, allowing accurate and effective lighting control while reducing the amount of hardware required. New generation LED-based luminaires are dramatically more efficient than their fluorescent counterparts; the best performing products use something like a third less power than the best performing fluorescent equivalents. The use of lighting controls, daylight harvesting, absence detection and so on can achieve further savings. With the right control strategies it’s possible to reduce energy consumption, and therefore costs by anything up to around 70 per cent. LED products have a long, but finite life, but when the LEDs need replacing it will be more expensive than simply replacing a lamp. A lighting control system that dims the LEDs for a significant proportion of their life is reducing the damaging heat in the LEDs, and will extend the useable life of that product. Lighting controls also have cost implications beyond the direct energy saving cost. Integration of things like emergency testing and fault reporting can reduce the day-to-day maintenance costs of a

building, whilst ensuring compliance with emergency testing regulations. Furthermore, integrating the lighting control system, and the data it produces, with the BMS system can remove the need for separate movement detectors to be installed to control HVAC. The human cost is one that is often overlooked. A truly connected lighting control system is able to give control to the end user. It will allow them to tailor the lighting level to their own preference and adjust it using their smartphone, for example. In this way the employees work environment is improved which can lead to greater productivity. While a lighting control system can appear expensive when looked at in isolation, building owners who embrace the concept of connecting all building systems can enjoy savings on the overall installation costs, as well as long term energy and maintenance savings. There are now very few restrictions that lighting designers need to be aware of. Virtually all light sources and luminaire types can now be successfully integrated into lighting control systems. In fact lighting controls can often be instrumental in achieving the look and feel intended. By having flexible, individual control of all the luminaires, each area can be tailored exactly to the client’s requirements. When designing lighting controls, the most important factor is siting of the daylight and movement sensors, and also having a clear idea on the control philosophy of the building. CON TACT Ridi UK www.ridi.co.uk

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HIGHLIGHT Celebrating in style

Bruck Electronic’s Luxomatic FL2N-LED-230 floodlight has won the prestigious Plus X Award for ‘Best Product of the Year’ in 2014. The floodlight was also recognised in four out of the seven categories, including ‘High Quality’, ‘Ease of

Use’, ‘Functionality’,and ‘Ecology’, at the awards ceremony in Cologne. Now in its eleventh year, Plus X honours manufacturers of technology, sport and lifestyle products. The award distinguishes products that are innovative, viable for the future and possess the ‘X’ factor. Products have to show outstanding ergonomic and ecological features and the use of high quality material in products that are sustainable and provide long lasting value. The international panel of judges comprises independent trade journalists and industry experts from 25 industries.

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future’s bright The Promek, a Norwegian company that specialises in building aluminium boats, decided to replace it’s manufacturing facility’s lighting system in order to create a more comfortable environment for its employees, characterised by high-quality and efficient light to help enhance visibility during operations that require extreme precision. In a country where lighting in the winter months becomes essential, energy-efficient and longlasting lighting systems, such as LED technology can contribute to significant energy savings. After evaluating the project, Promek collaborated with Gunnar Flataukan of Elsikker (a Norwegian leader in the study of plant lighting), and selected Cree Edge Park LED fixtures to replace the existing HPS lighting, which were becoming too expensive to maintain. ‘For this important project, 139 Cree Edge Park LED fixtures were installed, delivering 4000K colour temperature and significantly improved colour rendering,’ said Morten Groseth, managing director of EnergyOptimal. ‘Since installing Cree fixtures, total energy consumption is now reduced to 21 kilowatts and the lighting system is equipped with dimming capabilities, for added energy savings of more than 50 per cent.’

When McBusted (the McFly/Busted hybrid band) wanted something a bit different for its 2014 tour, the band approached LEDsynergy to build five LED-encrusted guitars as a key visual on-stage element. Ultra compact SMD LEDs were positioned 10mm apart, and programmed to display myriad colours and produce moving patterns and full colour images. ‘The real challenge was to work out how to position each individual LED in a continuous series on the body of the complex-shaped guitars, so that we could then identify and address each separate chip-bulb,’ explained Jeremy Harwood of LEDsynergy. ‘And we then had to set about writing the bespoke computer programme that would control them and deliver the required effects. ‘LED technology is constantly evolving, and we operate right on the cutting edge when it comes to pioneering design and implementation. We’ve produced a variety of innovative display boards and creative systems to meet the demanding requirements for a host of customers, but the guitars are one of the more complex designs we’ve been involved in recently, and to our knowledge nothing like this has ever been done before.’

Partners in savings A partnership between High Technology Lighting and Harvard Engineering has led to the successful installation of an energy-saving and CO2-reducing solution at the recently opened first direct Arena in Leeds. More than 300 fixed and adjustable down- and track spotlights were installed in the arena to produce energy savings of around

80 per cent compared to a conventional lighting solution. The combined solution incorporates Harvard’s DALI driver, part of the energy saving CoolLED range, placed inside High Technology Lighting’s Quartet fitting. Thomas Holgeth, joint managing director of High Technology Lighting said: ‘As a company, we have a commitment to being energy

efficient and sustainable. ‘Sustainability is no longer simply about ensuring products are energy efficient when in use, but also about the components and processes used in manufacturing them. ‘ With our partners we have developed a sustainable strategy, as part of our corporate social responsibility.’

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PA R T T W O Last month, we asked whether the lighting industry believes we’re embracing LED technology, and making the best possible use of it for the benefit of all, or squandering it in the race to make a fast buck. The response was so great that we’ve decided to continue the theme this month – and yet again, the results are just as varied, and just as thought provoking

The problem arises when the public buy on price and not quality

More and more, we hear nagging doubts being voiced about the reliability of LED lighting and, quite frankly, I think our industry has a lot to answer for. ‘How did we let opportunism and poor quality compromise what should have been an all-round straightforward good news story? The blame is being laid at the door of low quality imports. Ah, yes, blame those pesky factories in far-flung corners of the globe, but let’s not forget who it was that created a downward auction and drove prices down to unsustainable levels. “Market forces!” I hear you cry, but did we really do a good enough job of explaining to the market what was on offer? ‘Just a few pence can be the difference between a quality controlled LED – built using quality controlled componentry - and one that is likely to fail early in its life.  In my view, the key culprit of poor performance seems to be the drivers, and we advise any specifier or installer to ask his supplier to demonstrate that they have tested and specify good quality drivers – and to demonstrate how they monitor quality control.  At Timeguard we employ locally-based people to represent our interests – and those of our customers –on a full time basis. ‘It really beggars belief that some sectors of or industry have let low-quality LEDs slip unto the supply chain, and potentially compromise us all. I for one and delighted to see in the media that many suppliers are now focusing on the quality, rather than price of their products.’ Andy Douglas of Timeguard www.timeguard.com

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How did we let opportunism and poor quality compromise what should have been an all-round straightforward good news story?  Moving forward, we anticipate a shift in the way LED suppliers approach the lighting market, towards the intelligent use of LEDs in a system context. LED innovation is likely to happen much more in harmony with driver, optical and thermal systems innovation, in order to make this technology more accessible and closer to the needs of customers. In addition, thanks to the continuous innovations and R&D investments, LED prices should continue to decline, supporting wider adoption. The greatest successes for LED lighting come from products that give customers what they expect from traditional light sources, while being more efficient and longer lasting, and with higher colour quality than fixtures previously used. Massimo Targetti, managing director at Cree Europe www.cree.com/lighting Whilst LED technology is not new, it’s fair to say that the LED revolution has finally started. It’s an exciting time to be in lighting. Organisations’ continued focus on beating rising energy bills, combined with a commitment to reducing carbon emissions, will undoubtedly play a key role in ensuring the wider adoption of this technology at a more rapid pace than to date. Switching to LED lighting has many advantages - LEDs are smaller, use less power, last longer and are more robust, and once buyers get past the perceived high headline cost, LEDS actually offer a much lower total cost of ownership than traditional

lighting. The downside for the buyer (and perhaps a key reason for the slow rate of adoption) is that it’s no longer an easy decision to pop down to Tesco and buy a bulb. What puts people off is the perception that you need to have a degree in optics, physics and electronics before you can make an informed choice on buying a bulb these days. As opposed to simply choosing between a 40W or 60W bulb, the LED buyer is now faced with considering which colour temperature, how many lumens, what wattage, what light distribution, what CRI, dimmer or non-dimmable driver, power factor correction, CE marked,

ROHS conformity and LV testing conformity - among others. Then there is the fact that there are a lot of sub-standard LED products flooding the market from Asia. Even for technical experts, it is sometimes not easy to tell the good from the bad.My advice is to go to a reputable UK designer, manufacturer and producer that has tested the product thoroughly, that you know will be able to supply a reliable product. You may have to pay a little extra but the light quality and lifetime will repay you.

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The LED revolution has yet to be won. It has only just begun! We should not declare victory too early. We’ve just begun to see LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) appear [in the US] as replacement lamps in DIY stores, or as luminaires installed in retail and hospitality applications. They are virtually non-existent in commercial office buildings as of today. And, frankly, many of these installed SSLs deliver poor light quality. Perhaps lighting specifiers are just beginning to learn how to design with these new systems, or are choosing low cost over quality. In fairness, the LED industry has only been providing the market with good quality light and luminaires over the past three or four years. In any event, even more interesting products are on the horizon for consumers of light. Lighting designers will be able to select a very specific quality of light optimised for a specific context or environment. For example, SSL sources are just now being introduced that define high quality light in ways that go beyond the traditional colour rendering index. Recent research confirms that humans perceive light as appearing more white or crisper with sources delivering illumination below the black-body curve. SSL sources are also being developed that use a high gamut area index (GAI) illumination to deliver white light that produces more saturated colours. These sources are designed to enhance the individual’s perception of colour. High-quality blue LEDs, combined with an increasingly broad range of advanced phosphor materials, are driving technology to deliver a richer palette of white light with which designers may create an enhanced experience for shoppers, restaurant diners or hotel guests. Julian Carey, senior director of strategic marketing, Intematix www.intematix.com

As a lighting specialist, I am all for the LED revolution! ‘LED’s are undoubtedly the future when it comes to lighting the home. Although the initial investment may be higher, LED’s are more cost effective in the long run than out-dated halogen alternatives, as they not only last longer, but they also use less energy. As a result, LEDs save money on household bills, and to add to this, the level of maintenance required is minimal too. Another plus point is that LEDs are also a safe option as they have minimal heat output. ‘LEDs are becoming increasingly advanced nowadays, and whereas some may previously have thought they produced a cold, blue light, this couldn’t be further from the truth. LEDs are available in different colour temperatures, so whether it’s cool white or warm white lighting that’s required, there’s a solution out there. ‘LED’s have also sometimes been criticised for not being as bright as halogen bulbs, however, opting for HD LED light fittings will actually provide a stronger, more focused light, with no light wastage. Alternatively, SLS (surface light source) fittings produce a light that’s similar to the beam emitted from a halogen bulb. ‘Myths suggesting that it’s not possible to dim LEDs have been completely put to rest too, as it is by all means possible nowadays to adjust lighting according to the exact mood that’s required with dimming remote controls. Not only can the beam emitted be changed, but so can the colour and colour temperature, so it really is possible to create just about any mood with certain fittings.’ Michael Linsky, MD, Sensio Lighting www.sensio.co.uk

The tipping point has been reached and LED lighting is now being accepted as mainstream

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Launched to hundreds of excited visitors at Light + Building 2014, MEGAMAN®’s INGENIUM® Smart Lighting control systems are set to revolutionise the way you control your lighting. The latest innovation in MEGAMAN®’s 20 years delivering low energy lighting – INGENIUM® Smart Lighting gives you full control, via your smart device or remote of the on/off, dimming and scene setting of your environment. Its ease of use, installation scalability makes INGENIUM® perfect for an endless list of applications. INGENIUM® BLU is a simple, accessible and economical LED retrofit solution for those looking for local control of a small, domestic lighting system over Bluetooth. INGENIUM® RF is perfect for larger, scalable installations – allowing you to control the latest MEGAMAN® LED lamp technology from anywhere in the world via a smart device. Register your interest now at: www.megamanlighting.com email: info@megamanlighing.com

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The Tuscan idyll that tourists sigh over has a makeover in timefor F-Light

talian-based Cree has collaborated with Italian lighting utility company, Silfi, and the Municipality of Florence to illuminate the historical, and beautiful Florentine Oltrarno district. According to Silfi, the lighting installation will deliver an estimated 55 per cent energy saving compared to the high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps previously installed - and of course it also showcases the area’s historical beauty. In conjunction with the Firenze Light Festival (F-LIGHT), 31 specially designed Cree 304 Series LED luminaires were installed to brighten the areas of Borgo San Jacopo, Via de’ Barbadori, and Via de’ Bardi. ‘Aiming to combine technology, beauty and energy savings, the second edition of F-LIGHT required the creation of 13 important projects, including the high quality and efficient illumination of many historically

important masterpieces and districts of the city, helping to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the World Heritage Recognition of Unesco,’ said Simone Tani, F-LIGHT project coordinator, City of Florence. ‘The previous lighting system needed structural upgrades and, from a technical point of view, the antiquated and inefficient diffused lighting didn’t adequately convey a fitting perception of the area,’ explained Claudio Bini, CEO, Silfi. ‘Installing Cree’s new Square LED fixtures met our needs by combining the lighting requirements of a modern city with the historical and aesthetic features of an artistic and cultural city like Florence.’ In addition to delivering quality lighting for residents and tourists, the project is helping to illuminate the historical beauty of Florence’s old town centre. Every building’s stunning aesthetic value defined by its individual style, adornments, trim and colours, is now illuminated by LED lighting. ‘Cree’s LED lighting accentuates all of these details and allows for a perfect detection of the features, giving more value to the historical and artistic heritage of the city,’ said Massimo Targetti, managing director, Cree Europe. ‘Square LED fixtures have a linear and clean design that gives a neutral aesthetic to the lighting installation. Through this concept, it is possible to achieve the perfect integration of the lighting system with the urban context, such as the building facades, without creating any visual interference for pedestrians. ‘Finally, a specialised Lilium, the symbol of Florence, has been designed for this project and is displayed on the three fronts of the devices.’ The wall-assembly version of the Square LED fixtures was designed to optimise the use of LED technology. The next-generation light bars, containing from 20 to 30 LEDs, are separated one from another and placed on a base that was designed to ensure efficient heat dissipation, thanks to the company’s exclusive air flow-through technology. The heat control system assures the long duration and high performance of the product. By placing a highperformance precision lens on every diode to direct the light output with extreme precision, light dispersion or grey areas are prevented. This helps enable a safe and comfortable pedestrian and driver route. CON TACT Cree Europe www.cree.com

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MARC LED LTD 07871 262 256 | www.marcled.com Quality aluminium LED profiles (extrusions) – housing and heat sink for flexible and rigid LED tapes/strips up to 14mm wide. Easy cuttable to desired length. Each model available in up to 10 different finishes from stock as standard: plain aluminium, anodized (silver, gold, inox, black), painted (white, black), imitation of wood (wood pine, wood palisander, wood wenge). Standard lengths: 1m and 2m. Customized length and color (RAL) available at MOQ. Two different light diffusers - milky and transparent - placing/removing from front on click. End caps available with dedicated finish. Additional accessories - universal mounting clips.

Andy Thornton Ltd is soon to launch its latest ‘Urban Vintage’ Collection of furniture, lighting and visual merchandising products. The range which targets the hospitality and retail design sectors includes a stunning selection of industrial-style pendants including this model in chrome with eye-catching red dome. Andy Thornton have been sourcing original vintage lighting from the 20th century for many years, so it was a logical step to introduce a range of retro-style pendants to the range. Influenced by Britain’s proud industrial heritage and copied from originals they have acquired over the years, they have created a collection of factory-style pendants, perfect for bars, restaurants and the retail environment. The complete collection can be viewed and purchased online, or request the new 56 page brochure out soon.

SIMPSON SPRINGS & PRESSINGS LTD 0118 978 6573 | www.simpsonsprings.co.uk Springs & Pressings for the Lighting Industry from stock and custom made Simpson Springs & Pressings Ltd have been manufacturing components for the lighting industry for 40 years. In that time our knowledge and expertise has helped our customers from assisting with design and prototyping though to manufacture. Our continued investment in machinery enables us to produce a huge variety of Springs, Pressings and Wireforms for almost any lighting application. We pride ourselves in our commitment to the quality of our service and products and welcome the opportunity to help you realise your lighting solutions.

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TIMAGE 01376 343087 | www.timage.eu LED Bulkhead Lights Timage have responded to the ever increasing demand for low energy lighting by launching a new LED bulkhead light range. The models vary from 8 Watts through to 18 Watts and offer a considerable energy saving when compared to their traditional bulb counterparts. Available finishes include un-lacquered brass, which will weather with time, and chrome plated brass. Being made entirely from pressure die cast brass, these bulkhead lights are ideal for use in coastal developments where corrosion would plague most fittings. The fittings are suitable for both interior and exterior use.

3 in 1 colour changing LED panel Our latest innovation, one-of-akind 3-in-1 colour changing LED Panel 600x600mm is a huge rage in Europe. Depending on your mood, you can change colour temperatures of your 600x600 LED panel from 6000K to 4500K to 3000K, just by click of a button. Ken, a wholesaler from Nottingham says: “Some of my customers were not sure what colour temperature should their LED panels be, but with this latest innovation by V-TAC they can change colours with just a click, so even if they are not happy with one colour, they can change easily to another!” Now you too can replace your traditional grid panel lights with state of the art, energy efficient 3 in 1 colour changing 600 x 600 LED panel which is not only classy, elegant and stylish but also reduces your carbon footprint and your cost.

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HIGHLIGHT Bomb blast Nick Gray of design practice, Renegade created an inventive lighting and visuals scheme for the acclaimed Atomic Bomb tour by a new band led by David Byrne to honour the work of Nigerian musician, William Onyeabor. Gray was approached by Luaka Bop, who had seen his lighting and visual design work for Kasabian, and asked him to come up with a complete visual concept for the live shows. Gray commented: ‘It was a real honour to be asked to be involved – many of the artists involved are among my favourites.’ For lighting, Gray specified a small ‘specials’ package, comprising Martin MAC 101s and MAC 700 Profiles, which were used in conjunction with the various venue house lighting systems.

Cabaret time

A pair of Robert Juliat Victor followspots with DMX dimming have been installed at Studio 54 in Manhattan, where the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret has been packing the house. ‘I was very familiar with Juliat fixtures from working in Europe,’ said Mike Baldassari, co-lighting designer with Peggy Eisenhauer. ‘The Victor followspot was in the exact neighbourhood of what we needed at 1800 watts. ‘We did a shoot out with some other followspots to test not only

for brightness, but also for noise level. The way the dome is constructed projects all sounds like a microphone. The two followspots were off to the sides, so how much noise they made was a critical issue for us. Sound is not always a consideration, but in this case it was paramount.’ The use of the DMX douser control provided with the Victor followspots allowed the intensity of the fixtures to be controlled from the lighting console. Baldassari said: ‘Because of the side spots being 45˚ off centre from each other, it was very difficult for the operators to judge their relative intensity against each other. By using the DMX dousers, we could set the level to exactly what we wanted, which would be 100 per cent repeatable, and the operators only had to worry about finessing their pickups and irises.’

On tour with Tull Entec is supplying lighting and sound for Ian Anderson’s current UK concert tour. Anderson, best known as lead singer, flautist and stork impersonator for 1970’s band, Jethro Tull is performing material from the album, Homo Erraticus. It is lighting designer, Mark Wheatley’s first full tour with Entec. ‘Working with Entec is a brilliant experience,’ he enthused. ‘They have a great attitude towards work and people, the kit is excellent and I am very happy to use Entec any time.’ He chose Robe LEDWash 600s for his main wash lights, Clay Paky Sharpies on the back truss, and Martin MAC 700 Spot moving lights for height differential. The wash lighting is augmented with Vari*Lite V*L 2000 Washes. to sound fantastically detailed and clear every night.


Candle in the power station? Battersea Power Station Development Company has hosted a concert by Sir Elton John to thank everyone who is helping to make the development of the iconic Power Station a reality. The event featured lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, with Robe moving lights on the rig and equipment supplied by Colour Sound Experiment. Fifteen LEDWash 300s

were utilised, with six LEDWash 600s and 12 LEDWash 1200s, eight Pointes and eight MMX Spots, all from Robe’s ROBIN series. Woodroffe is not only the singer’s lighting designer of choice; his company, Woodroffe Bassett Design is lighting consultant for the Battersea development project, the brief for which involves ensuring continuity across the lighting of

all architectural and environmental elements. The tented show took place inside the power station, which is currently a shell, so the magnificent industrial architecture which was especially lit for the occasion, could be enjoyed. Inside the tent there was a performance stage, and this is where the Robes were installed on three trusses. The LEDWash 300s and the MMX Spots

on the back truss, were utilised for wash and beam functionality, the LEDWash 600s were rigged on the ground-supported trussing PA wings, giving a handy side lighting position, and the LEDWash 1200s and Pointes were on the floor. These were programmed under Woodroffe’s direction to produce a spectacular show by lighting director, Andy Pygott.

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Six of the best

TL’s pick of the best bits of kit for lighting stage events & festivals


ABOVE: W-DMX by Wireless

ummertime, and the festival season is in full swing; up and down the land outdoor events are taking place during the long warm summer evenings – always assuming it’s not blowing a gale or deluging the audience in a tropical-style downpour. Because we live in a land where summer weather is anything but reliable, the brave souls who put on outdoor summer events need equipment that won’t let them down, especially when the great British summer does. So what are the choices for the LD who, in a fit of summer madness, agreed to work his or her magic on an outside stage...

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This little beauty helped make the most of Malta’s 10-year anniversary of joining the European Union celebrations. Eight W-DMX universes spanned Malta’s Grand Harbour to four points up to 1,000m apart. The walls of historic Fort St Angelo were used for a stunning lighting display. Lighting designer, Ismael Portelli of Nexos specified Studio duo city color 2500, Clay Paky Sharpys, Christie S+16K Projectors, Panasonic PT EX16K projectors, all through W-DMX WhiteBox controlled by an Avolites Tiger Touch 2. The show was triggered via SMPTE time code transmitted wirelessly via RF directional antennas. Portelli explained: ‘Setup time was limited to three days so everything was pre-programmed using Capture Polar Visualiser.  ‘The set up of W-DMX was extremely simple and in less than five minutes we tested all lines and could start working on tuning the show programming without having to lose precious time in configurations.’

ABOVE: Robe ROBIN Space Ibiza launched the 2014 summer season with a 10-hour party featuring a spectacular lighting rig designed by Eduardo Valverde. The designer also undertook programming and operation of the high impact opening show. The 10-hour party called for fixtures that could withstand being worked non-stop for the duration including some that would register in daylight. The Pointes were located in

groups of six on moving trusses over the stage and were held back and used only after sunset. ‘The Pointes were absolutely vital to the show’, explained Valverde. ‘I created all my beam effects with them, both on stage and out over the audience. For this type of event it’s essential that the lighting interplays with the party-goers – it’s one of the fundamentals of dance event lighting.’ Pointe is bright and super fast,

with a sharp parallel beam that cuts through the air. It can project a static or rotating glass gobo to produce precision in-air and surface images with an even focal plane. Tight or at full 20-degree zoom, the output is crystal clear and brilliant. Add either rotating, six-way linear or eight-way circular prisms to create wide reaching effects across any set. Drop in the frost filter and use any of the 13 rich colours to create a smooth even wash.

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Martin Mac Aura LED Lighting designer Jack Davis’ choice of equipment for The Sounds’ European Tour included the award-winning Martin Mac Aura LED fixture, supplied by White Light. With its dual optical system, the Mac Aura formed the centrepiece of a compact, versatile rig for the Swedish band. ‘I was trying to utilise a small amount of lights to achieve big looks,’ Davis explained. ‘The Auras more than met that goal - honestly, I never want to use another LED mover again!’ Mac Aura provides both a colourchanging, zoomable beam and a separately controllable colourchanging background. ‘The size of the Auras and the punch they pack really made all of the difference,’ added Davis. ‘I have yet to find another LED fixture that creates such an impressive white. The pixelated look, once common to LEDs, is gone. With the Aura being two lights in one it gives the ability to create really cool effects that you can’t achieve with most LED movers. Our FOH sound man looked up during one sound check and thought there were little balls of hot lava on stage!’

ABOVE: CAST wysiwyg R33 CAST’s wysiwyg version R33 is the most advanced software the company has created to date, with 10 new features allowing lighting designers to create and visualise even more amazing designs. ‘This is the biggest release since wysiwyg was introduced twenty years ago,’ said Gil Densham, president of CAST Software. ‘R33 delivers new features, including LED video wall glow, shaded view optimisations and profiles, templates, and double the number of universes. R33 certainly raises the bar for industry professionals so they become more productive, more professional, more profitable.’ Many of the new features result from extensive beta testing by experienced wysiwyg users. One such lighting designer, who has previewed the R33 beta version is Miguel Ribeiro. ‘I’m gobsmacked with the whole beta wysiwyg R33 version and some aspects have really got me excited,’ he enthused. ‘These days I do more than lighting, and my work is centred around video. With the release of R33, I have finally got the JPEG compression that I’ve been asking for and the Screen Glow will be extremely useful on multimedia projects I am working on. It’s great to see that wysiwyg has finally become a grown up video tool.’

BELOW: Robe’s CitySkape Xtreme One of the most powerful outdoor LED fixtures on the market, Robe’s CitySkape Xtreme has 188 high power RGBW LEDs. The LEDs are densely populated in order to provide an extremely bright light output, and as the unit is completely silent - due to the convection cooling system - and IP65 rated, it can be used for a variety of exterior installations. It is an ideal fixture for illuminating anything from large building facades to indoor or outdoor stages, thanks to the high light output of the LED modules. The combination of RGBW LED colours delivers a stunning quality of white light.


5 GLP Impression X4 The GLP Impression X4 brings power, flexibility and practicality in a breakthrough design. The unusual front lens houses 19 RGBW LEDs, each rated at 15W, providing a homogenised beam with high output that can cut through cleanly on stages and studio floors. A 7:1 zoom ratio offers a fully variable beam, from seven to 50 degrees, while

remaining even at all times. Its lightweight, ergonomic baseless design, 16-bit movement and low power consumption add to its feature set. Weighing just 17.5lbs, the impression X4 delivers high output with even colour mixing across the beam at all angles, and offers a wide colour palette from soft pastels to deep saturates. Lighting designer, Jamie

Thompson specified 60 of the German manufacturer’s highly popular X4 moving heads to help create dramatic stage impact for this year’s world tour by Bastille, three years after successfully integrating impression 90s into a show. Technology has advanced a long way in three years, and Thompson admits: ‘I’m really loving the X4… I feel that GLP

has made another huge leap with this new range. Combining both power and effects, this range has really come into its own.’ Thompson continued: ‘The ability to use specific cells in the fixtures is a fantastic feature. But what really impresses is just how bright they are for their size — and how they stand up to the discharge sources.’

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ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS Shipyard cranes become the centerpiece of a stunning lighting design project in Croatia

I The industrial revolution in the early 19th Century has brought us some new monuments, which still stand and move every day in the gentle dance of steel

n addition to its plethora of historic monuments, ranging from classical antiquity to the remnants of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the beautiful city of Pula is known for its shipyard – Uljanik - one of the oldest working shipyards in the world. Built in 1856, Uljanik is once again the focal point of the city: its majestic cranes have been bathed in light, as part of Lighting Giants, a project by lighting designer, Dean Skira. The project was originally conceived 14 years ago, and last year, finally supported by the Tourist Board of Pula and the shipyard, and sponsored by several private companies. The Croatian Ministry of Tourism selected Lighting Giants from the 85 development projects from the Innovative Tourism 2013, programme. ‘The industrial revolution in the early 19th Century has brought us some new monuments, which still stand and move every day in the gentle dance of steel, helping to create some of the greatest commercial ships ever built,’ explained Skira. ‘This dance is going on for almost 200 years, and I wanted to create a colourful stage, on which they perform. ‘Becoming key players in this theatre, among tons of raw steel, light and colour, we created a different role for those cranes as they move in slow motion for decades without ever being tired.’ The large-scale www.tlmagazine.co.uk • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 • 57

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The eight cranes are still functional; the shipyard is active and continues to build ships feature adds a vertical axis to the horizon, creating dynamic sculpture in the night landscape. The blending of technology and history is sensitive to the city’s past, celebrating the generations of workmen that constituted the heart of Pula. ‘The idea is partly related to the time of my youth, spent in the rowing club situated opposite Uljanik. Every day I looked at the cranes that dominate the skyline of Pula bay. When the town authorities started considering relocating the shipyard, I came up with the idea of highlighting them instead. I think the project managed to emphasise this distinctive symbol of the city and celebrate its industrial heritage,’ explained Skira. The eight cranes are still functional; the shipyard is active and continues to build ships. Uljanik and Skira technicians worked together to illuminate them using 73 Philips RGB LED spotlights, weighing a massive 40kg each. Each consists of 64 LED chips that can be programmed for 16,000 variations of colour and intensity. The design can be adjusted for different occasions and celebrations. Blinds were used to prevent unnecessary dispersion and light pollution and to create additional diffusion effects. Lighting Giants was lit for the first time during Visualia, the festival of lights in collaboration with the Tourist Board of Pula. The night walk reached its luminous finale in front of thousands of visitors on Pula’s beautiful seafront, with cranes being lit dynamically to music. The cranes are lit for fifteen minutes every hour from 9pm until midnight, giving the city a living sculpture to be proud of. CON TACT Skira www.skira.hr

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HIGHLIGHT BRC report urges safety GlassGuard has appealed for food manufacturers to be vigilant with their building fabric and glass audit conformities and to recognise the need for safer lighting following the publication of a British Retail Consortium (BRC) report, which presents the top 10 non-conformity groups across food manufacturing sites. The report, Food Safety – A Global View, sets out key findings and analysis from the BRC’s 2012 audit of 16,000 food manufacturing sites across 113 countries on food safety issues that affect manufacturers, retailers and consumers. For the report, the BRC analysed 6,500 sampled audits and presented the top 10 non-conformity groups. Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) was identified as the highest on-conformity group. However, it is the appearance of ‘building fabric’ and ‘glass,

brittle and ceramics’ in the list of top offenders, which causes concern for GlassGuard. Stewart Damonsing warns that food manufacturers should not overlook their lighting when addressing building fabric and glass requirements, as stipulated by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognised schemes such as BRC Global Standards for Food (version 6, section 4.4), which states: ‘bulbs and strip lights – including those on electric fly-killer devices – should be adequately protected’. Damonsing said: ‘Some manufacturers may overlook their lighting, as it is normally fixed at height and out of reach.The most adequate protection is a fragment retention lamp as it will retain all the broken pieces of glass safely within its coating.’

A convenient milestone SPAR has announced that 250 of its stores across the UK have now been converted from fluorescent lighting to LED, using Nualight’s Blaze LED solution. The stores are part of a major roll out across SPAR’s UK portfolio by Cross Group (specialist in refrigeration, air-conditioning and energy efficient technologies) and Nualight. The two companies have formed a strategic partnership in the convenience retail sector, and this programme for SPAR is believed by Nualight to be Europe’s first significant LED retrofit in the convenience sector. Joe Conway, commercial director of Cross Group NI said: ‘Great SPAR stores create great customer experiences, and that is why the Blaze LED upgrade programme has been so successful. ‘Four regional distribution centres - Henderson Group, CJ Lang & Son, Appleby Westward Group, and Blakemore Design & Shopfitting - are all participating, with 250 stores completed to date. After replacing fluorescent with Blaze, stores are visibly enhanced with brighter, fresher and more natural lighting.’ 

High street concepts M&S has successfully launched a premium accessory department at three test sites across the UK, which feature contemporary lighting from Kolarz. Feedback has been phenomenal with trading way above expectations.

Designer, Chris Dewar Dixon chose to work with the Austrian lighting specialist on the project after admiring the crystal fittings created for John Lewis’ jewellery and lingerie departments. To ensure his cool, elegant and modern

Good enough to lick The luxury gelato store, Snowflake has opened on Wardour Street, Soho. Optelma Lighting worked with designer, Lifeforms to create a bespoke lighting solution for the interior using Atelier Sedap’s range of plaster profiles, cut to create made-to-measure lengths to ensure a seamless finish.   The ceiling above the showpiece counter (it’s the largest gelato counter in London) is lit with Atelier Sedap’s Micro Blade 63, a high-strength plaster LED profile. Running the full width of the ceiling, this integrated linear profile creates a clean, crisp feel, which generates a sense of space, while providing ambient light. This is complemented by Atelier Sedap’s Dag range of recessed plaster downlights, which highlight task spaces and serving areas, customer seating and the shop front. The Dag Ellipse, with its asymmetric shape, washes light onto the walls, illuminating the perimeter of the room, while the Dag Rond adds interest, providing a decorative element behind the glazed shop-front and the centre of the main area, maintaining symmetry within the store.  Lee Pollock, founder of Lifeforms, commented: ‘At Snowflake, Optelma’s lighting design complements the brand colours, including the crisp white counter and ice cream-coloured seating, creating a slick, contemporary space with clean finishes in line with the Snowflake brand.’

interior design reflected and enhanced the quality of the products on display, he commissioned a contemporary circular fitting, placed centrally in the premium accessory department. The fitting is made from rectangular-shaped glass

rods suspended from champagne-coloured covered metalwork. The rods have been routed with thin lines etched on the inside, to add subtle sophistication and prevent glare. Kristina Griffith of Kolarz UK commented: ‘ We

are absolutely delighted with this lighting feature, and are proud to have been chosen for this prestigious project. These are exciting times for us, this is our second big retail installation this year working with the top two UK high street retailers.’

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One size definitely doesn’t fit all, when it comes to specialist retail outlets


etail outlets come in many guises – from the shed-style supermarket with aisles so bright, customers’ need Ray Bans’, to an independent boutique cultivating a dungeon-like ambience. But many specialist retailers depend more on the best quality of light available in order to ply their trade. Take, for instance, the plethora of nail salons popping up all along the high street. Talented individuals wielding sharp, pointy instruments creating hand and foot beauty in a few short minutes would soon become painful – if not lethal – torturers if the lighting wasn’t up to scratch. But it’s not just about being able to see what they’re doing; skin tones can be bleached, as can general colours – so that perfect red polish may actually be a nasty shade of coral once the customer is outside. High street opticians’ are a case in point: often housed in older, narrow buildings, the shop front tends to be where customers browse the frame designs on offer, looking and trying

on. The problem for most is, once they’ve taken off their glasses to try on a new pair, their view is often very indistinct – so good quality lighting is essential. Pinnington, a vintage independent optometry practice in Cheshire, has a reputation for quality and service. Owner, Stephen Pinnington understood that to maintain the reputation, the existing halogen and CFL lighting in the practice would need to be replaced. Low energy sources, like CFL and LED can vary in colour quality and rendering, making accurate patient examinations and evaluations difficult. Where retail is concerned, that also causes problems when it comes to product selection of products. Pinnington’s required a solution with a warmer colour temperature to enhance comfort, relax patients and to represent the latest upmarket brands. The optician contacted PhotonStar LED, which specified twin round fittings from the Cordus range of

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adjustable gimbals, which have provided improved quality of light and an efficacy of up to 93ll/cW, as well as colour rendering of CRI >90, and better general light levels. With the new lighting installed, Pinnington believes there is a difference in customer satisfaction. ‘The PhotonStar fittings use a lot less energy which is ideal, but they also offer a better quality of light and represent product colours really well.’ Everyone knows that every form of light can, and will damage goods on display, so specialist retailers must take particular care when planning their product displays. Team Cuir, the Parisian exclusive leather goods distributor, has chosen GE Lighting’s LED luminaires to show its range of leather goods and fashion accessories to best advantage. The luxury ranges are manufactured with the best leather on the market, chosen for the

finesse of its grain and the absence of defects. Avoiding exposure to heat and light so the pieces do not become tired and cracked is therefore of optimum importance. For a recent showroom renovation, Team Cuir was looking for a solution that could create an enhanced lighting scenario with accent on the colours, textures and quality of the clothing, but would also take care of the delicate materials used — particularly leather. The company decided to go with LED technology, based on the favourable characteristics it offers: free of infrared and ultraviolet radiation, emitting very low heat, enabling users to avoid the discoloration or drying of materials exposed to their light, such as leather in this case. GE solutions’ products were selected for light efficacy and low power consumption, but above all for their flexibility. GE Lighting met Team Cuir’s needs: existing metal halide and halogen sources had to be replaced by LED, improving the atmosphere of the showroom, spotlighting the products without damaging them, and the electricity bill had to drop. The 24 track spot Infusion LED fixtures installed offer ample modularity in terms of lighting spaces. Each solution is composed of four elements: a downlight, a holder, an interchangeable LED module and an optic. The adaptive system is quick to assemble: the LED module and the optic can be replaced by a simple twist, enabling the user to vary and multiply the lighting effects, colour temperature and beam angle to create an innovative staging for the most stimulating shopping

experience. Rail mounting enables the light to be focused precisely on the desired point. 

 Gérard Thiriet, Team Cuir director, explained: ‘GE Lighting’s solutions offer ease of use and, above all, a very high degree of modularity thanks to a single spotlight. This design has allowed us to optimise our lighting and to make light a real differentiating tool. Our articles are visually enhanced, and we’ve already seen an increase in the number of visitors to our showroom.’ Replacing 50W halogen lamps by 6W dimmable LED GU10 lamps has produced additional energy savings that can reach up to 80 per cent savings on energy consumption and maintenance costs too. ‘Recommending customised solutions to each of our customers is one of the strengths of our group,’ explained Nicolas Boyer, retail key account manager for GE Lighting France. ‘We proposed the combination of these two solutions so that Team Cuir could benefit from all the advantages offered by LEDs: not only because they offer a high quality light, but because they also enable the user to optimise power consumption and minimise costs.’

CON TACT PhotonStar LED www.photonstarlighting.co.uk GE Solutions www.gelighting.com

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A new boutique store in Wimbledon utilises lighting from the start of the design process


aul Nulty Lighting Design (PNLD) has completed the interior lighting for the luxury fashion retailer, MATCHESFASION.COM’s new store. The interior retail concept for the flagship South West London store, created by MRA Architecture & Interior Design, showcases

the brand’s edit of the best new and established international labels across womenswear and menswear, while serving as a physical touch point for the wider online offer from the retailer. PNLD was brought in early in the design phase by MRA, who wanted the lighting to accentuate its interior

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The concept behind our design is permeability. Retail lighting needs to complement, not overwhelm three, and five to one, ensuring that the merchandise is always the focus. The team used the MNG spot by Flos/Atrium for the track and spot lighting: PNLD chose to use metal halide Philips Evolution lamps, rather than LED, to optimise the amount of sparkle and visual interest in store as tests demonstrated that LED appeared to flatten the space. ProSpex Soft downlights by Lucent were used for the recessed spotlights; LEDstrip by iGuzzini for the integrated LED lighting to walls, the staircase, changing rooms and display cases; and Stick-Lite by EncapSulite for the suspended lights over the staircase. Paul Nulty, head of practice, said: ‘The concept behind our design is permeability. Retail lighting needs to complement, not overwhelm. The focus must always been on the products. ‘A collaborative and integrated design approach with MRA was key to the success of the project. Throughout the store the architecture and lighting integrate sinuously; this was achieved because we were involved in the project from the earliest point.’ Effective and energy efficient lighting was an important element of the design brief; PNLD achieved approximately 20 watts per sq m. suspended across a seven-metrewide skylight above the staircase. Following MRA’s concept, the design team created this using a ribbon of fabric that undulates horizontally across the space. Simple dimmable fluorescent luminaires are suspended from the soffit between the waves of fabric, illuminating a bright, sweeping area that opens onto the first floor. The staircase incorporates a low-level cove detail housing LED lighting. This provides a subtle wash up the wall, helping to pull light through to brighten the vista. The brief was to create a ‘one design’ approach, integrating lighting with architecture and interior design, and delivering a concept that was cutting edge, but without taking the focus away from the products. In response, the team developed a permeable lighting concept. Integrated perimeter lighting across the store highlights the figuring of the perimeter panels; it is also used amongst the products,

to illuminate rather than overwhelm. The luminaires selected complement the store’s natural light. Illuminance levels around the store vary, with higher levels of direct lighting to theperimeter and mid-floor merchandise. This provides a contrast ratio of between

CON TACT Matches Fashion www.matchesfashion.com MRA Architecture & Interior Design www.mra.co.uk Paul Nulty Lighting Design www.paulnulty.co.uk Flos www.flos.com Atrium www.atrium.ltd.uk Lucent www.lucent-lighting.com iGuzzini www.iguzzini.co.uk Encapsulite www.encapsulite.co.uk

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HIGHLIGHT Verification matters

In today’s competitive market, how can you be certain that the claimed specification of a product is true and realistic? Now the LIA Laboratories has made it simple, with its new LIA Laboratories Verified Scheme. The Scheme independently measures and verifies the safety and performance of lighting products, lamps and luminaire fixtures against the manufacturer’s performance claims.

It firstly verifies basic safety then initial “performance verification” of manufacturer’s specifications and packaging claims, and then “life” verification to 2,000 hours, which can contribute towards requirements from the Energy Related Products Directive (ERP). Products meeting their claims and scheme requirements are entitled to carry the LIA Laboratories Verified Certification Mark. The scheme operates in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust, which permits the use of its product approval branding on all compliant products.

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Three times a winner KSLD’s work at the Iona Abbey Museum has been commended at the Scottish Design Awards 2014 – the third to recognise it. Design director, Kevan Shaw said: ‘It is highly gratifying for the quality of the lighting design in a relatively small project to be so widely recognised across three different awards with three different groups of judges. It demonstrates the value of engaging professional lighting designers at an early stage - no matter what scale of project you are undertaking.‘We would like to extend our thanks to Historic Scotland and the Iona Abbey Community for giving us the trust and opportunity to better display these historically significant stones.’ The museum, owned and operated by Historic Scotland, houses a unique collection of ancient high stone crosses, grave slabs and grave markers. KSLD was brought onto the project at its conception with a very clear brief; to design a lighting scheme that would bring out the texture and carving work of the stones, many of which had been badly eroded after centuries of exposure. By working closely with the HS interpretation unit and exhibition designers, KSLD developed a lighting solution that allowed specific and accurate lighting for each object. Shaw explained: ‘ The lighting is not simply illumination of the objects. Here, by very careful and considered lighting, we are creating a degree of visual restoration of the objects. We are also using light as a principle interpretive medium leading stories rather than simply illustrating them.’

Philips, German soccer champion, FC Bayern Munich, and its home stadium, Allianz Arena, has announced a partnership that will make the stadium the first in Germany and the largest in Europe to feature dynamic animated light shows. As part of a three-year agreement, Philips will also become a sponsor of the Allianz Arena and the official lighting partner for FC Bayern Munich. The façade of the 71,137-capacity stadium has a membrane outer shell, which stands 35m high and covers roughly 29,000sq m. It will become a gigantic canvas displaying colourful patterns and animations for arriving fans and visitors using 380,000 LEDs within 8,000 Philips ColorGraze fixtures. ‘We will expand the palette from three to 16 million colours,’ explained Roger Karner, managing director of Philips Lighting in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. ‘There will be plenty of light scenarios possible, with which the Allianz Arena will be able to create unique moods.’ This latest innovation is part of a fully connected lighting network. Every single point of light can be precisely controlled in real time. Colour gradients and animated interplays of colour can even be created from within the 1,056 illuminated segments that make up the façade.‘The new lighting from Philips will allow visitors and TV viewers to feel the full emotion and dynamism of the match from their very first glance,’ said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of FC Bayern München AG.

Growing it green Illumitex has announced the launch of a groundbreaking new horticulture research grow light. The company believes Quantum is the most advanced plant research tool available, allowing researchers to precisely dial in a specific balance of wavelengths to

develop an exact spectrum. ‘No other horticulture lighting fixture allows a researcher to account for the lighting variables as precisely as Quantum,’ explained Illumitex’ senior plant Sscientist, Paul Gray. The dynamic spectrum plant research tool features optic

technology and 4-channel Abeo LEDs to deliver colour uniformity and intensity to the plant canopy. A number of universities around the US have been testing Quantum in their plant research labs, and are said to be very impressed with the results.

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A night at the museum Gallery and museum lighting


Main: Chiostro del Bramante interior Above: specialist fitting from LED Hut

any of the world’s museums and galleries are housed in wonderful old city buildings, most dating from an era before electricity, let alone purpose-designed lighting schemes, were dreamed of. For the many millions of visitors who go on the trail of ancient wonders, seeing antiquities at their best advantage is expected. However, as Rob Gerlach of Selador explained, recently-observed damage to a priceless artwork lit by LED, highlights the fact that all forms of light will damage delicate materials. ‘This is a complex issue, especially because LEDs have gotten a lot of negative publicity in the last couple of years, when a few prominent works of art have shown signs of fading under them,’ he explained. ‘The bad press started when the yellow pigments in a famous painting started to turn brown under LED lighting, after the curators were told that all LED lighting was safe for sensitive objects.’ So was the information they’d been given, wrong? ‘The industry’s reaction and the subsequent hype were overblown,’ asserted Gerlach. ‘First of all, let’s be clear that light energy of any quality or colour – from any

source – has the potential to damage sensitive objects. Shorter wavelength light tends to cause degradation more quickly, because it carries more inherent energy, but it’s not only ultraviolet light that can be harmful. The type of light that causes the most damage depends on the individual work being illuminated, and its idiosyncratic composition of paints, dyes, fibres, etc.’ So what’s the answer – lock up the art in a darkened room, or back to the candle? ‘In very general terms, for most objects, the safest light is light that gets reflected rather than absorbed,’ explained Gerlach. ‘A

multicolour-mixing LED luminaire, used to tailor the light to the piece it’s illuminating might be a good solution, because it can adjust the lighting specifically for the work. ‘I recently worked on a project evaluating lighting options for an exceptionally delicate object of immeasurable value - a flag of significant historical importance. We studied its dyes and spectral sensitivities to determine the best light source, and we found that the most ideal quality of light was different for different areas within the flag. This meant that the blue sections were most likely to be damaged by

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For most objects, the safest light is light that gets reflected rather than absorbed

Top right: LED Hut fittings in situ Bottom right: Concord’s Beacon Muse in action

wavelengths other than blue, including UV, but also longer wavelengths like green or yellow. This was not true for red sections of the flag, because those sections had different sensitivities. ‘LEDs are often sold on the benefit of negligible UV or IR light in the output. In other words, the only light coming from an LED source is light that is doing useful work. LEDs are quite unique in this way. By contrast, a tungsten lamp always produces large amounts of IR light, which – if not filtered – is energy that strikes an object without providing any increase in visibility. This can accelerate fading. There is blue, violet, and some UV

energy present in tungsten light, even when the lamp is dimmed. This short-wavelength energy is spread broadly across the blue-violet range of the spectrum. In comparison, most LED sources have blue light that is concentrated in a narrow peak near the shorter end of the spectrum. Those LEDs with blue light that comes only from these higher-energy wavelengths might produce fading more quickly than an incandescent source of a comparable colour temperature on objects with special sensitivities to these wavelengths. ‘This is where recent publicity has been focusing, without properly considering the overall subject of light-related damage. Is it better to use a source with some UV and some IR but broadly spread blue light? Is it better to use a source with no UV or IR but with a narrower blue component? There is no universal answer, but it is unfair to suggest that LED output is inherently more or less damaging than tungsten. It is different.’ Luckily, the Cleopatra, Rome and the spell of Egypt exhibition, curated by architect Mario Maffezzoni, is working perfectly with the new lighting. The Chiostro del Bramante, in the historic centre of Rome, is one of the most important examples of Italian Renaissance architecture. The current exhibition includes 180 masterpieces from the greatest museums in the world. Painted completely black, each room is brought alive almost exclusively by a series of Concord Beacon LED projectors. Works of varying type, size and material make up the exhibition, and each had to be individually accent lit to befit the features and details. There was also a requirement to

replace halogen sources with a low energy alternative – and the lighting scheme needed to be flexible enough to be easily modified according to exhibitions and displays.To cope with the requirements, Concord’s Beacon Muse was chosen. ‘Together with the President of the Chiostro del Bramante, Patrizia De Marco, we chose Beacon Muse LED for the high quality of materials, its versatility, pointing and focus adjustment, for the minimal design and high energy savings guaranteed by the LED technology, which respects the conservation of works of art,’ explained Maffezzoni. One of the most well known names in specialist museum and gallery lighting is Philips. The company recently completed a project to illuminate the renovated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, again using LED lighting. With more than 7,500 pieces, it is the largest gallery space ever lit by LED. Philips worked with the museum curators on a design with a strong focus on the visitor experience, while ensuring conservation of the art on display, which includes works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. The LED solution creates effects and visual contrasts that closely mimic the colour rendition of natural daylight.

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LED lighting in particular outlines the visual contrast and relief in the paintings

Top & right: Concord Muse illuminates Egyptian & Roman sculpture. Above: Philips work at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum

Rogier van der Heide, chief design officer and VP at Philips said: ‘The lighting solution is the result of a unique collaborative effort with the Rijksmuseum and the architects, using Philips’ knowledge to achieve a quality of light that truly brings out the detail of each masterpiece.’ 
 Lighting influences the way we see art; at the Rijksmuseum, the illumination of each piece has been individually tuned and focused, to bring out its features and to ensure the best possible experience for visitors. Tim Zeedijk, head of exhibitions at the museum, outlined the reasons behind the choice: ‘At the heart of all the decisions we take are two aspects; the visitor’s experience of the museum, and the preservation of our art. We chose LED lighting firstly for the high quality of the light emitted, and secondly, the colour rendering, which is very close to that of daylight. This allows the art to be viewed in the best light possible to bring out all the colours and details that the artist intended us to see. ‘LED lighting in particular outlines the visual contrast and relief in the paintings. We see this in the way we light our sculptures, but also the paintings with thick impasto. For example, when viewing Rembrandt’s work, LED light reveals more of the detail. A significant advantage of the new generation of LED lighting is that there is hardly any radiation of heat, and no harmful UV beams being emitted on the art; this means the art is better protected.’ The Lenbachhaus municipal art museum in Munich has also undergone a lighting upgrade featuring LEDs. A solution that displays the colours of objects as true to the original as possible, while protecting works from damage was called for. LED technology from

Osram in conjunction with intelligent light control has generated almost 100 different shades to display works, such as those by Kandinsky and Beuys, in the very best light. ‘We’ve integrated the complete range of our lighting expertise to create a globally unique lighting solution,’ attested Peter Laier, head of technology at Osram. The fundamental concept that the art should be seen bathed in various light atmospheres came from lighting artist, Dietmar Tanterl. Osram engineers and scientists got together to implement the concept and to develop a solution that until now has not been used in any museum in the world. The basis is a combination of five different LEDs, the light of which is mixed together. The fully dimmable system can now be flexibly set between warm white (3,000 Kelvin), similar to sunrise red, and daylight-similar, cool white (6,000 Kelvin).The mix was programmed to achieve a very high colour rendering index of greater than 95. This demanded exceedingly tight cooperation between LED and optics development, light measurement technology, programming and project planning. The technology is used, depending on the room within four types of luminaire: cove fittings, light ceiling luminaires, spotlights and shed luminaires in the skylights of the upper floors. Cutting energy use was at the root of a grant-funded LED retrofit programme at Callendar House museum in Falkirk that has the additional benefit of improving the lighting levels for the numerous works of art on display. LED Hut’s high performance Lumilife range provided the ideal solution, allowing the operations team to replicate the existing quality look

and feel of the lighting with superefficient LEDs. Jon Cruickshank, facilities and operations assistant at Callendar House, explained: ‘After researching numerous suppliers, we were very impressed with the LED Hut Trade site, and its Lumilife range offered the exact LEDs we needed to match our existing fittings – including traditional chandeliers and wall lights. We were able to specify the same light output and colour combinations that we had before, whilst saving around 90 per cent on energy usage.’ The project saw Callendar House fit 250 GU10 and MR16 LEDs as halogen replacements in its exhibition areas, conference rooms and for security lighting at night, as well as a mixture of 290 E14, E27, B15 and B22 LEDs for wall lights and chandeliers throughout. As a result the property’s energy output has reduced significantly from 19,850W to just 2,112W. Laura Dugdale, LED Hut Trade marketing manager, said: ‘The Callendar House project proves that LEDs are not just a high-performance, energy-efficient solution for modern projects. Thanks to the range of fittings available, they are suitable for a whole host of applications, including heritage retrofits like this one.’

CON TACT ETC Selador www.etcconnect.com Philips www.philips.com/lighting Osram www.osram.com Concord www.concord-lighting.com LEDHut www.ledhut.co.uk

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HAVELLS SYLVANIA +44 (0)870 606 2030 | www.sylvania-lamps.com Sylvania Refled Superia AR111: here light quality meets efficient lighting needs Sylvania has introduced the new RefLED Superia AR111, a versatile LED lamp designed to provide an energy-efficient, long-lasting alternative to traditional halogen AR111 lamps. Offering improved anti-glare light properties compared to halogen lamps, the RefLED Superia AR111 is a perfect solution for retail, display and hospitality applications. The lamp is also well suited for museums and produce sections of supermarkets, as it does not emit UV or IR rays and will not affect light-sensitive products, such as food or textiles. By recessing the LED chip within the lamp, combined with Sylvania’s innovative reflector technology, the lamp performs with improved low-glare characteristics compared to its halogen counterpart. The precision of light in regards to display lighting is a very important factor to consider when making a lamp choice. The RefLED Superia AR111 delivers the optimum optical control for these types of applications, offering great beam characteristics and the high intensity needed for effective spotlighting of objects. The lamp is also extremely efficient with the potential to save over 85% on energy usage. Combine this with 50,000 hours of life and the lamp will dramatically extend maintenance schedules. The traditional halogen AR111 by comparison suffers from a short life span due its low rated life of 3,000-4,000 hours and, with an average operation time of around 12 hours each day, the halogen lamp effectively needs replacing every six months. The RefLED Superia AR111 will last on average eight times longer, enabling users to upgrade their lighting to LED and remove the worry about constant lamp failures. The initial investment in switching to this type of lamp can generate a return on investment in as little as nine months.

AMITEX LED 01434 600500 | www.amitexled.com Amitex LED new outdoor PAR Lamps Amitex LED’s new 10W PAR 30 lamp is the ideal replacement for a 75W PAR 30 halogen lamp, delivering 850-900 lumens with 65W less energy, a saving of over 80%. Although usually an indoor product, the IP54 rating (IP20 on the screw fitting) makes it suitable for outdoor use as long as the fitting is covered by a rubber shroud. It is also suitable for zone 1 areas. Its 16W COB PAR 38 stablemate can be used to replace a 100W halogen PAR 38. Delivering 1200-1300 lumens it also reduces energy usage by over 80%. It has an IP65 rating and again a rubber shroud should cover the screw fitting when used outdoors. With E27 fittings and a 60˚ beam angle, both lamps are ErP and Part L compliant, producing between 75-90 lumens per watt. They come with Amitex LED’s standard 5-year warranty, are finished in brushed aluminium and are available in either cool or warm white. For more information ring 01434 600500 or e-mail sales@amitexled.com. Amitex LED has been supplying an extensive range of green, energy efficient LED products to the Lighting Industry since 2003. It prides itself on offering affordable high quality products and excellent customer service. All Amitex LED products come with either a 3-year or 5-year warranty.

DOWNLIGHTS DIRECT 01706 521188 | www.downlightsdirect.co.uk Lightwave RF is an affordable home automation lighting system that dims LED lights effortlessly. The range includes wired and wireless (battery powered) switches that can be used as a retrofit solution to replace existing light or dimmer switches. By adding the optional Lightwave Link you can control your lights via a smart phone. The range is expanding with heating controls due out later in 2014. Downlights Direct is a fully authorised stockist of Lightwave RF products which can be purchased on our website at: www.downlightsdirect.co.uk/lightwave-rf.html

EYE LIGHTING EUROPE LTD +44 (0)1895 814418 | www.eyelighting.co.uk LEDioc HB200 is a 210W high bay LED luminaire designed as an alternative to 400W HID high bays. The lightweight unit only weighs in at 6.5kgs thanks to its magnesium alloy body, and its unique design guards against overheating by ensuring the unit is well ventilated. With a rated module life of 60000hrs and efficiency of 100lm/W, LEDioc HB200 offers significant savings on energy and maintenance costs.

IST LTD +44 (0)1922 457712 | www.istl.com The latest addition to IST Ltd’s world-wide patented centralised LED driver portfolio is the iDrive® Thor 36, a 36-channel, high power (2kW) LED driver for constant voltage applications. Ideally suited to TV and film applications, the Thor 36 boasts high frequency, high resolution outputs, which can be dynamically programmed between 250Hz and 15kHz. The Thor 36 is compatible with a wide range of embedded dimming protocols, including DMX, RDM, DALI, DSI, Art-Net 3, KiNet and Ethernet, with the functionality to dim in 8-bit or 16-bit mode, providing unprecedented accuracy for dimming and colour control.

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The V&A opens its doors on another stunning exhibition, where lighting takes centre stage

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avid Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) recently completed the lighting design for William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. William Kent (1685-1748) was the leading architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. A polymath, he turned his hand from painting to designing sculpture, architecture, interior decoration, furniture, metalwork, book illustration, theatrical design, costume and landscape gardens. This is the UK’s first ever full-scale exhibition to reflect the comprehensive range of Kent’s talents and his role in defining a new national style. The exhibition brings together nearly 200 examples of William Kent’s work, including architectural drawings, spectacular gilt furniture, designs for landscape gardens, as well as paintings, illustrated books and Kent’s model for the Royal Palace that was never built. The exhibition designer, Hara Clark’s brief to DALD was for the lighting to create a sensitive, yet theatrical approach to the exhibition, as well as adhering to the strict conservation constraints. Hara Clark’s design concept creates a ‘journey through the pages of Kent’s sketchbook’ from his early studies in Italy through to his interiors and landscapes that would define an era. The visitors embark on the journey of Kent’s design development as they progress through the exhibition. By using printed fabric gauze layers, which are punctured with vistas, Hara Clark has set up a circuitous and folded pathway, bringing visitors past a series of object groupings. This way the visitor approaches the displays from a variety of angles, and subsequent groupings allow layering and vistas to be composed. The gauzes are printed with Kent’s designs at full scale, using both his hand sketches and finished etchings; these large backdrops give a sense of scale and context to the displays of his furniture from country houses such as

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which examines Kent’s work as ‘father of the English landscape garden’, the space set up as a place of rest and view, they are invited to turn to the reverse view of the vista - the portrait of William Kent himself. To help accentuate the external theme, soft leaf gobo patterns are projected across the floor to give the impression of light streaming through the trees. DALD chose a relatively simple lighting pallet, which consists of Light Projects Toucan fixtures fitted with a combination of spreader and diffuser lenses and IRC lamps to illuminate objects, prints, paintings and text panels, ETC Zoom profiles & Selecon Fresnel’s fitted with metal halide lamps and glass filters to illuminate the gauze panels and floor. Through the simple use of subtle hues of colour and intensity, the lighting helps to give the exhibition a real sense of depth and perspective.

Soft leaf gobo patterns are projected across the floor to give the impression of light streaming through the trees

Houghton Hall. DALD chose to cross light the gauzes with soft focused break up gobos in varying hues of subtle colour, which help to create texture as well as accentuate interesting vistas through the gauzes. The primary vista running through all the layers is set up at the introduction, with a long view towards the silver

chandelier designed for King George II, which is backlit by a cool white (4,000 Kelvin) source. This series of apertures frames particular views and, combined with the semitransparent layers, allows glimpses of what is to come as the visitor progresses. When the visitor finally arrives in the Elysium area,

CON TACT DALD www.dald.co.uk Light Projects www.lightprojects.co.uk ETC www.etcconnect.com

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efficient technologies if they are not offered a product that matches - or even improves on - what they are used to? Engineering thermoplastics is helping lighting manufacturers challenge misconceptions about LEDs, and design long-lasting luminaires with improved aesthetics that help meet the needs of consumers.


Venugopal Koka, director of electrical and lighting marketing for SABIC’s plastics business, discusses engineering thermoplastics: lighting the way for LEDs


nvironmental regulation in the European Union has led to the phasing out of conventional incandescent and fluorescent lighting as part of a move towards more energy efficient lamps. In terms of lifespan efficiency, LEDs last much longer than traditional lighting systems – up to 50,000 hours compared to 1,000 hours for incandescent and 8,000 hours for CFL systems. However, perception about inadequate light quality and diffusion, and cost barriers to consumer adoption, continue to challenge some lighting manufacturers. Indeed, how can the lighting industry champion LED technologies if the manufacturing costs are too high to make them affordable? How can consumers be expected to adopt energy

Improving light quality and reducing manufacturing cost With high transparency and excellent diffusion, engineering thermoplastics, such as polycarbonates, may be used to develop LED lamps, which match the light dispersion that consumers are used to. This is particularly important for the retrofit and residential markets. SABIC recently worked with an OEM to help develop a light bulb that has evenly dispersed omnidirectional light, mimicking the distribution of incandescent bulbs. This was achieved using a thermoplastic resin that offered good diffusion properties, helping to eliminate hotspots and dark areas at the top of the globe. The material could be injection-blow moulded, enabling the manufacturer to design a globe that optimises dispersion of light. Improving light quality is just one aspect of encouraging the adoption of LED technology. Manufacturers also need to be able to develop cost-efficient luminaires. One of the ways for material suppliers to help enable this cost reduction is to provide solutions, which do not require secondary processing following moulding, such as adhesive or coating processes, as well as by sharing knowledge on part consolidation, integration, and part optimisation. It is important to understand that striving for cost reduction

does not mean offering cheaper in terms of quality, but rather that thermoplastic materials offer the high performance consumers expect, while potentially helping with cost reduction. SABIC also recently worked with a customer that wanted to develop a high performance outdoor LED optical. By identifying a thermoplastic resins with inherent high impact strength, UV protection and flame retardant properties, we helped develop an application, which balances strength and weather resistance, without the need for additional processing. The result is potential cost savings that can be passed on to the consumer.

Enabling long-lasting, colour-stable design LEDs’ heat-aging performance is incredibly important, as it not only directly correlates to efficiency and lifespan of the LED itself, but also affects design of the full application. Many of today’s engineering thermoplastics have advanced heat-aging performance, which can help manufacturers achieve improved lighting efficiency, while maintaining excellent optics, light transmission and colour stability over time. The challenges posed by the move towards more energy efficient LED lighting are real, but they are not impossible to overcome. As a material solutions provider for the lighting industry, SABIC collaborates with customers to share knowledge of materials and processing in order to help improve the design and affordability of LED luminaires. Engineering thermoplastics are truly illuminating the way for the adoption of LEDs. CON TACT SABIC www.sabic.com

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Jennifer Hamilton What is your favourite light source, and why?

I always think Paddington station has been lit very well too, and it seems to be improving with every layer of soot on the ironwork!

It would have to be daylight. Even when really bright, it is never too harsh. And when low or fading, it is still even. When it comes to artificial light, I prefer things soft and dim - but you can’t beat daylight for revealing the beauty (or indeed flaws) of a space. 

After the huge changes LED has brought to the industry, what do you think will be the next big advance? I am hoping wireless power can’t be too far away!

Should more be done to control light pollution, or is it not really a big issue?

Personal thoughts about lighting technology and its effect on the industry, from Jennifer Hamilton, director, The Vawdrey House

While it is easy to say that it’s not permanent in the way that air or water pollution is, and all we have to do is switch off the lights and the problem will go away, the issue is, we do not switch the lights off - and it looks unlikely that we will any time in the future. As well as affecting our view of the stars and the night sky, in urban areas it is almost impossible to find darkness any more, and this has been found to affect the activity of certain animals, such as bats. There is also a question over whether so much ambient light is necessary, and if this is really the best solution when we are trying to reduce energy consumption. 

Who is your favourite designer of anything that’s not lighting? I always love anything Patricia Urquiola does, for example the Comback chair for Kartell, the Fat Fat range for B&B Italia, and her rugs for Moroso. The new Tatou lighting for Flos is fab too. I keep discovering things that I have loved for years are also by her - and I didn’t even realise! 

Which lighting project would you like to have worked on? On a citywide scale, I love the ethereal glow of St Paul’s at night. And on a smaller scale, you can’t beat the cosy light of an individual lamp at your table for atmosphere. BobBobRicard does this well, where the lighting is so low, the incredibly over-the-top jewel box interior somehow seems calming, and so too does Canteen and the Electric Diner, although both in much more relaxed situations. 

Do you see a time when all lighting is sustainable? If so, how can we achieve it? If the energy used to create lighting and its associated products is sustainable, then yes. People have been steadily moving towards higher tech solutions - concealed lighting, colour changing LEDs and control systems. I think this will continue as technology develops, but it is important to maintain a simple domestic feel, and there could be a backlash against the high tech. An ordinary lamp, with a lead and a plug, is now almost nostalgic, and much as the love shown for incandescent light sources, I think this attachment may reflect the way we sometimes want to light our homes. 

Why do you think lighting is bucking the general trend and showing such strong growth? Lighting is central to everything we do, and I think people’s awareness of the importance of lighting is increasing all the time.  New regulations and technology have also pushed money towards lighting in the last few years.

Chandelier or candle? Candles on a chandelier!

Is there one declining light source that you’ll miss above all others? If so, which is it, and why? The Golfball E27 pearl lamp these look best in my exposed bulb Artemide Teti lights. Nothing else really works! CON TACT The Vawdrey House www.thevawdreyhouse.com

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The leading UK manufacturers of brass lampholders and lighting components offering quality products for the Lighting Industry. Full catalogue available on request or on our web-site. We also offer a bespoke service for customers own component designs. A long established family business with a professional approach. Full ISO 9001:2008 and LIA Code of Practice Quality approvals.

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We have a comprehensive range of industrial, commercial, amenity, retail and exterior lighting. We supply through all the major wholesalers, and we provide a complimentary lighting design service too. If you need experienced advice, we have 20 lighting sales engineers covering the whole of the UK and Ireland. Our LED product range is expanding all the time – for details please get in touch or ask one of our engineers to call.

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Ark Lighting Ltd have manufacturing and warehousing facilities in the heart of Yorkshire, we develop cutting edge LED products and systems to ensure that we remain at the forefront of lighting technology. We work with leading component firms from around the globe to offer some of the most efficient, innovative and attractive lighting solutions in the market today. TEL: 01226 320737 EMAIL sales@arklighting.co WEB: www.arklighting.co ADDRESS: McGann House, Chesham Rd, Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2NT

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Arditi UK offers a wide range of electric and electronic components and accessories for lighting; Lampholders, Switches, Plugs, Dimmers, Cord Sets, LED Modules, Glassand dichroic colour correction Power Supplies Transformers. Catalogues available onfilters request or download from our website. shapes and sizes available in custom

TEL: 08458 643 643 WEB: www.fluorel.co.uk EMAIL: sales@fluorel.co.uk ADDRESS: Unit 25 Eldon way, Hockley,Essex, SS5 4AD

TEL: 01933 223862 EMAIL: sales@arditiuk.co.uk WEB: www.arditi.com ADDRESS: 55 Leyland Trading Estate, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 1RS

We develop lighting products for all sectors and specialise in LED. Our sustainable and maintainable design does not compromise on innovation whilst maintaining the “wow factor”. I am level 4 qualified under the ILP competency framework. I have 22 years of experience and a team with 40 years between them. The ONLY accredited and approved SECURED BY DESIGN lighting consultancy in the UK.


LEE Filters offer a wide range of products to help control and correct different light sources.


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Visit our website for further details. Marc LED Ltd specializes in supplying LED based lighting solutions. With our partners experienced in scientific researching, developing, and production of LED products, we offer LED lights for home, office, commercial and street lighting. We pay special care to the quality of our products and we are constantly looking for better solutions for our customers. TEL: 07871262256 leefilters.dec.indd 1 EMAIL: info@marcled.com 5020 LF_Arch_Ad_CC_178x127.indd 1 WEB: www.marcled.co.uk ADDRESS: Marc LED Ltd, Dorking Road, Epsom, KT18 7NH

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Inlico are established distributors of lighting components shapes and sizes and accessories. Our product range includes: lampholders, switches and dimmers, plugs, cable and cordsets, as well as plastic and metal parts and UL-approved components. We also operate a product labelling service for luminaires. TEL: 0121 359 8585 EMAIL: info@inlico.com WEB: www.inlico.com ADDRESS: 26-36 Frankfort Street, Newtown, Birmingham, B19 2YH


LEE Filters, Building on our experience in film and television lighting, LEE Filters have introduced a range of lighting filter products specifically designed for use in the entertainment, sales@leefi lters.com leisure and architectural industries.

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Pace Uk, LED Design and LED Manufacture with 10 years experience in designing LED products, we can offer our customers a fast turn around on prototype designs. We also have access to all key manufacturers of high flux LEDs. We specialise in producing cost effective design solutions, believing that price of product is always important. TEL: 01934 733121 EMAIL: les@paceuk.com WEB: www.paceuk.com ADDRESS: The Rising, The Square, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2AP

The leading UK manufacturers of brass lampholders and lighting components offering quality products for the Lighting Industry. Full catalogue available on request or on our website. We also offer a bespoke service for customers own component designs. A long established family business with a professional approach. Full ISO 9001:2008 and LIA Code of Practice Quality approvals.

Period Cast Iron Lamp Posts We’ve Created the UK’s largest stockholding of Lamp Posts & lanterns. For “lighting retailers” we provide free standing display units. For “Designers & Specifiers” we offer a unique design & development service. For “Architects & Councils” we offer a full commercial support, from supply to installation.

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The Selux Group is a leading provider of sustainable lighting solutions for interior and exterior applications. Our high standards in energy efficiency, ergonomics and product design drive our fascination for enhancing quality of life using sophisticated lighting concepts. TEL: 0044 (0) 1926 833455 EMAIL: enquire@selux.co.uk WEB: www.selux.co.uk ADDRESS: Selux UK Ltd, No 10 Spartan Close, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV34 6RR

As an established UK manufacturer with over 30 years of lighting experience, we understand that design, quality and service must underpin all that we do. This philosophy ensures that we lead the way in creative, practical and cost effective lighting solutions for the commercial, retail and leisure sectors. A five-year guarantee and comprehensive product stock assures product performance and delivery within tight project timeframes. TEL: +44 (0)1332 818 200 EMAIL: sales@illuma.co.uk WEB: www.illuma.co.uk ADDRESS: Sills Road, Willow Farm Business Park, Castle Donington, Derbyshire DE74 2US

Recolight operates the UK’s most comprehensive free lamp recycling network, taking away the burden of compliance from the lighting industry. We are funded by our members as a not-for-profit organisation, enabling us to offer a FREE service. Since 2007, Recolight members have recycled over 30,000 tonnes of lamps and luminaires; this is more than all other UK WEEE schemes put together. TEL: 0845 601 7749 EMAIL: info@recolight.co.uk WEB: www.recolight.co.uk ADDRESS: Recolight Limited, Suite 265 Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon CR0 0XZ

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RCL and Precision Lighting Co-Sponsor ‘Made In Brunel’ Event

Remote Controlled Lighting (RCL) and sister company, Precision Lighting, recently co-sponsored the luminaire design award at Brunel University’s 2014 graduate show, ‘Made in Brunel’.

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Made In Brunel is an annual show where university students exhibit work that they have produced in their final year. This includes material from a range of modules within the separate disciplines and their major project, which forms the majority of their final year grade. Held in June, the event showcases the best in design, engineering and innovation from the London-based University and acts as a link between the students and professionals. Each year the entire show is managed by a group of volunteer final year students, who are responsible for all aspects of the event. Everything from the show’s branding to the event itself is put together by the team, all whilst contending with their university studies and exams. In total more than 200 students exhibited work at the event, which ranged from products for the visually impaired to future transport solutions. Divided into a number of mediums and themes, students displayed a mix of engineering prototypes, aesthetic models, supporting documentation and graphic work. From the various students that had chosen to design a lighting product, ten designs were picked for judging by the competition sponsors. Members of both RCL and Precision Lighting attended the

event for the judging and to hand out awards. After much deliberation, three projects were shortlisted for prizes. ‘The standard of work on display at Made In Brunel this year was of an extremely high calibre,’ remarked Simon Harrison-Wallace, RCL’s Marketing Manager. ‘When judging the event, we had to remind ourselves that this was all the work of students.’ First prize was awarded to Xander Dawood for his FireLight concept. After discovering that up to 38 percent of existing smoke detectors fitted in the UK were non-functioning, he looked to develop an alternative solution that was not only more reliable, but also easy to install and affordable. FireLight is a retrofit LED downlight that incorporates a smoke detector and can be operated via an existing light switch. The userfriendly design features visual and audible alarms for both smoke and carbon monoxide detection, along with self-test modes. ‘After designing LED street lights on my placement year in China, I saw huge scope for integrating other electronics into widely used fittings,’ explained Dawood. ‘Current issues with smoke detectors coupled with my previous experience in

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lighting led me towards FireLight. Tools I developed in this industry whilst abroad helped me to tackle several major issues in the previously unrelated field of fire safety devices.’ Commenting on the winning design, Precision Lighting’s Design and Engineering Manager, Peter McClelland said, ‘We were impressed by the amount of work that had gone into this product. Xander had designed and built a fully working prototype that solves a real and very serious problem.’ Designer Lucinda Deakin added, ‘each detail of FireLight had been carefully considered: from the easy-to-connect power pack to the selftesting system developed by Xander. This product has real potential and I can see it saving lives in the future.’ Runners-up included Rob Millar with his ‘Vision’ design, which claimed second prize, and ‘Project Whitewash’ by Thomas Harries, who was awarded third place. Working in collaboration with JCB, Rob developed Vision to help address the issues faced by Wheel Loading Shovel operators who are required to work in all conditions, night and day. ‘Whilst on placement with JCB, I found that the lighting on construction machines had remained unchanged for many years,’

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noted Millar. ‘I discovered that operators were often working in complete darkness and that inadequate lighting accounts for over 30% of fatalities associated with visibility and construction vehicles.’ Looking to challenge himself and with no prior knowledge in the lighting industry, Rob set about designing a solution that would not only vastly improve visibility, but also help enhance the working environment of the machinery operators. By incorporating the latest LED technology and a custom thermal management solution, an extra wide beam coverage was achieved. 6500K LEDs were selected after research into the operator’s daily circadian rhythm suggested this would help to reduce eyestrain and suppress the melatonin hormone, keeping operators more alert and productive. The judges praised Rob’s work, saying ‘it’s clear that a lot of thought went into Vision. By considering the requirements of the workers, Rob has been able to design a better product.’ Precision Lighting’s Design and Engineering Manager went on to say, ‘Looking at the winning designs, it’s clear how important a placement year can be to the students. Skills learnt through industry experience can prove


invaluable when it comes to tackling final year projects. Both RCL and Precision Lighting have offered placement positions in the past and it has always been mutually beneficial.’ For Thomas Harries, industrial experience was essential to the success of his final year work. Describing his decision to develop a lighting product, Harries credits his placement year at a luminaire manufacturer with ‘sparking a passion for the lighting industry’. Project Whitewash is the result of collaboration between Thomas and Aether Lighting. The initial brief was for an LED linear wall washing luminaire for use in gallery and retail spaces. In-depth research into LED technology, manufacturing processes and market trends, led to the development of a solution that incorporated tuneable white technology. Special attention was given to optimising thermal and optical performances, resulting in a very smooth beam with even distribution. ‘In gallery and retail applications the appearance of lit objects is key to good business,’ explained Harries. ‘The ability to alter the warmth of the light allows users to enhance the appearance of objects being lit.’ He went on to add, ‘the optics have been refined to offer an even spread of light across a vertical plane, achieved through the profile’s geometry and the inclusion of an advanced holographic diffuser.’ Speaking with the finalists after the show, it was clear that each of the winners was keen to develop their ideas further. Xander plans to continue work on FireLight, entering into production pending certain patent issues, whilst Rob plans to return to JCB where interest in Vision remains strong. Thomas is keen to remain in the lighting industry and is in talks with several lighting design practices. ‘It’s fantastic to see these students express a continued interest in the lighting industry,’ announced RCL’s Marketing Manager. ‘Many of our own staff members, including myself, are former students of the university and we have benefited from a long and successful association with Brunel.’ Harrison-Wallace concludes, ‘as university alumni, it is an honour and privilege to be asked back to judge today’s event. Brunel provided us with a fantastic skillset and many opportunities so it is great to be able to give something back and to inspire the next generation of designers.’

Looking at the winning designs, it’s clear how important a placement year can be to the students.


Remote Controlled Lighting T: 020 8404 2400 F: 020 8286 6626 W: www.rclighting.com Precision Lighting T: 020 8947 6616 F: 020 8286 6626 W: www.precisionlighting.co.uk

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