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inside: March 2016 – Issue No. 136


37 focus

09 Comment Editor, Gill Anderson discusses lighting, and more…

11 Highlight News, appointments & diary dates for the month ahead

case studies

41 46 50 Going underground A bright future is assured for London Underground

37 Showing off An LED showroom solution for Blaha

58 Angel tubes Lighting a northern landscape


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16 A numbers game Just how buoyant is the energy efficient lighting market?

19 The future’s bright FES’ Marcus Brodin identifies energy efficient trends

22 Another five years Stuart Dixon of Easilume looks five years ahead – with the benefit of an LED lamp

26 Control is king Legrand’s Alistair Ramsay discusses LED integration in the drive for energy efficiency



41 Open all hours Re-defining lighting requirements for hospitality venues

29 A-Z of Frankfurt Light + Building 2016

29 Light matters The positivity of today’s hospitality professionals

54 Light lust What’s not to love about these fittings?

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All change!


t’s been a very busy month here at TL. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have already noticed the change of ownership details on this page.

TL has been acquired by MMG Publishing in Crowborough, and I’m delighted to share the news that the man at the helm, Mark Leary, is determined to increase, improve, update, and overhaul our circulation, getting the magazine out to more events, both in the UK, and further afield, and generally making sure that everyone who should get to see TL, will do so.

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rompted by the latest UK Energy Efficiency Trends report, we’ve asked a number of industry experts for their predictions on what the next five years is likely to bring in the way of lighting technology and, in March and April’s issues, they’ll be sharing their thoughts as part of TL’s in-depth look at energy efficiency. Interestingly, their responses are remarkably similar - with perhaps the strongest message being that LED still has much to offer, but that the industry needs to educate people about the wider benefits of the technology, which it appears, is still not fully understood.


he industry has been gearing up to the biennial excitement of Light + Building, which this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Lighting technology is changing and growing so fast, visitors to Frankfurt this month will be assured of at least a few ‘wow’ moments. The Trend Forum, with its four showcases, should be a great place to see what’s hot for wholesalers and retailers in the domestic lighting market, and of course, this year, a series of twice daily lectures and tours will provide visitors with lots of useful information. Of course, one of the big highlights is Luminale, the after hours event that runs alongside Light + Building and incorporates different areas throughout the city. It’s well worth a stroll once the halls close for the day.


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he lighting in Applelec’s new showroom at London’s Business Design Centre features almost 100 OLED lights, providing an exciting destination for architects and designers interested in the technology. Designed by LG Display, using track-mounted modules and contemporary pendant fittings, the properties of the OLED range, which includes panels with a bending radius of 30mm, provide new opportunities and creative flexibility for designers. Ian Drinkwater, Applelec’s managing director, said: ‘We are delighted to announce the opening of our new London showroom, and that Applelec will be delivering LG Display’s OLED range to the UK lighting market.

Child-friendly lighting The charity, Children on the Edge (CotE) helps marginalised and forgotten children living on the edge of society. Working in partnership with local communities, it creates safe, friendly environments to ensure affected children receive the childhood they deserve. CotE recently held a fundraising evening as part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s winter season, and White Light was asked to provide support for the occasion. The fundraiser, Spotlight on the Edge, featured a colourful array of music, songs, and dance.Sam Garner-Gibbons, technical coordinator at the theatre, commented: ‘With more than 220 performers, a variety of different acts, along with it being quite a fast and hectic show,

‘We have been following developments in OLED technology over the last five years, particularly in the light panel sector, and were keen to partner with a company that is leading advancements in this field.’ Sung-Soo Park, head of LG Display’s OLED lighting division, added: ‘Just like the old phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” we encourage people to visit the showroom and feel the superior light quality of OLED light.’ Seen by experts as providing more human friendly characteristics than other light sources, the OLED panels produce no UV or glare, and generate a low heat of <35°C, which eliminates the need for heat sinks and diffusers.

we required lighting equipment that would be able to do justice to each performance, and create an unforgettable evening. We knew that WL would be able to do just this. ‘We have a really strong working relationship with WL, and use their kit on the vast majority of our shows. Once again, they were extremely generous with their services, and we are extremely grateful for the equipment they supplied, without any hesitation.’ Spotlight on the Edge was a huge success, raising £10,138 for the charity. Emily Dadson, events organiser at CotE, commented: ‘We can’t say thank you enough to everyone involved for giving their time, energy, and talent to make Spotlight on the Edge a reality. ‘Both on stage and behind the scenes, so many people came together for one purpose, resulting in a fantastic show and an amazing amount raised for our work.’

The sixth Configuring Light ESRC Seminar takes place on 3 March at King’s College London. Its aim is to explore new, innovative methodological tools and strategies for understanding light, the social, and the built environment. With research tending towards hard sciences, the plan is to explore the basis for a social science knowledge of urban space that can address the complexities of social spaces. Since light is ubiquitous, and taken for granted, it demands creative and innovative methodologies that can capture everyday practices, meanings, and assumptions around light. The seminar will pose the following questions: what can urban lighting learn from innovative social research, and what can social research learn from studying urban infrastructure? How do we study light in public space? What are the appropriate methodological tools to examine the ways in which we experience, interact, and navigate physical spaces of the public realm? Both lighting and social research are going through considerable innovation at the moment. ‘Smart’ cities are one example of how new urban data flows from infrastructural sources are generating new forms of social knowledge that demand more careful methodological tools and analysis.






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amlite Lighting is launching the MODLED LG PRO LED panel for typical office environments, which the company says will provide advanced energy savings, when compared to traditional fluorescents. Energy efficiency is now synonymous with LED lighting, but the company hopes to shake up the market with its impressive results, showing in excess of 56 per cent energy savings, when compared to existing T8 HF installs, and 51 per cent on T5 installations. Using the latest high performance LED module and Philips Xitanium driver, the panel boasts an efficiency of 107 lm/W, with a 50,000-hour lifespan. Importantly, according to Tamlite, the new panel proves that high efficiency does not mean compromising on the excellent light quality needed for commercial

applications. The MODLED LG PRO offers flexibility with a number of colour options depending on the application: a comfortable, cool-white light (5000K), a neutral white (4000K) and a warm white (3000K). Crucially, to eliminate glare, it has been engineered with a Tamlite I-Tech diffuser optic to achieve a UGR (Unified Glare Rating) of below 19. Colin Lawson, head of sales, marketing and product development at Tamlite Lighting, commented: ‘LED technology is now established as the key to energy efficient lighting, but this marks a real step change in what can be achieved with LED. ‘Customers now have the benefits of

Social lighting Configuring Light has launched an expert working group to tackle social inequalities in public lighting. The project is funded by LSE HEIF5, and assembles high-profile experts and stakeholders in the fields of design, planning, and policy making, to develop a cross-disciplinary and actionable agenda to facilitate a more careful consideration of lighting in housing planning and development. According to the Group, light is a powerful material, fundamental to our lives, and it can help create new and interesting spaces in many different ways. Light is also gaining a new momentum in urban planning and public space design. But not all of us benefit equally from this new status of light and lighting. For example, the lighting in London’s different

residential areas tells a story about social inequalities: while housing estates tend to be brightly illuminated to allow for better CCTV surveillance, streets with a wealthier demographic are usually darker, and free from crude lighting interventions. The expert working group will meet on three occasions to discuss different Londonbased housing case study sites, seeing presentations and commentary from working group members. Based on the discussions and evaluations, a report, providing new strategies for addressing social inequalities in public lighting, will be launched in a public LSE event on 12 May 2016. Confirmed delegates are joining the group from Transport for London, Homes and Communities Agency, Crisis, Metropolitan Police, Peabody, Speirs+Major, Arup, and BDP.



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glare-free, cool-white light as well as vast energy savings compared to conventional fluorescent technologies. ‘As a company, we’ve invested £4,000,000 over the last three years, with our biggest investment in the area of product development – an R&D process that’s all managed out of British sites in the Midlands. The launch of the MODLED LG PRO is a major part of this push towards British lighting excellence.’

Acquisition season Belgian lighting manufacturer, Kreon has acquired Belux, the renowned Swissbased designer and manufacturer of sophisticated lighting solution s. Founded in Switzerland in 1970, Belux has worked together with prominent international designers, such as Frank Gehry, Naoto Fukasawa, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Herzog & de Meuron, and Hella Jongerius, in order to develop and produce a range of remarkable, inspired designs. Kreon is a family-owned business, and Belux represents an ideal addition, that it believes will enrich its offering across a number of areas. Kreon plans to maintain the brand name, product strategy, and orientation of Belux, and with immediate effect will operate in the market with the dual brands Kreon and Belux.





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Appointments Integral has moved to consolidate and grow its new lighting division with the appointment of two well-known industry heavyweights. Joining Integral after a long and distinguished career with Phillips Lighting, Paul Kirwan aims to introduce the brand to a broader range of distributors throughout the UK, building on the businesses’ strong reputation for high quality and competitive prices. Similarly, Mark Polloway has been drawn from the ranks of senior lighting professionals, following on from recent roles at TCP and Yankon, to bolster Integral’s presence in stores across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Crompton Lamps has announced the appointment of Howard Green, who joins the company in a national role. Green brings forty-plus years’ experience from the wholesale and lighting industry, and has been at the forefront of LED development at a senior level during the last ten years. The role is a new one, created specifically to focus on development of the Phoebe range, which will be a key area for growth and development for Crompton. PixelFLEX has announced the appointment of Grif Palmer as its vice president of sales. With a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, Palmer will oversee the day-to-day operations of the sales team, while implementing the sales strategies necessary to keep pace with the increased market demand for its LED video technologies. ‘We could not be happier about the introduction of Grif Palmer as our new vice president of sales,’ said Monty Rains, president and COO. ‘He has a very distinguished career in the technology industry, and he’ll be an invaluable addition to our team, strengthening and developing relationships with both our current and new clientele of video integrators and designers.’ Prior to joining PixelFLEX, Palmer worked in the entertainment technology industry for technology manufacturers, such as High End Systems, Barco, and Martin Professional. To continue its support of the lighting and stage technology markets in the Middle East, ETC is introducing Darren Beckley as regional manager for the area. Beckley will be based at the London office, with much of his time spent in the Middle East, working in symphony with ETC’s distributors, dealers and integrators. ‘Darren joins regional sales managers, Daniele Peroni and Davide Gabbani in supporting the vast sales territory in Southern Europe, which for many years, was covered by our friend and colleague, Fulvio Cotogni, who passed away unexpectedly in 2015. ‘We’re thrilled to bring Darren on board, as he will play an important part in maintaining our high standard of service in the region,’ said ETC VP of sales, Mark Vassallo. The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has confirmed the appointment of Richard Giddings to the role of technical manager. Giddings has a wealth of practical electrical knowledge, having

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previously worked for the ECA in an inspection and assessment role. He also brings experience of electrical design work in both consultancy and contracting roles. He will join the ECA’s technical team, headed up by Jim O’Neil, who commented: ‘We are delighted to welcome Richard to the team. Richard’s appointment will allow us to continue to build our influence within the industry and in the development of standards. ‘We hope to announce a further addition to the technical team soon, who will help ensure ECA members continue to receive high quality technical support and guidance.’ Hoare Lea Lighting has announced the appointment of Colin Campbell as environmental lighting engineer. Based in Hoare Lea’s Leeds office, Campbell joins the environmental lighting team, headed by Lee Gunner. Prior to joining Hoare Lea, he gained experience within a stage and architectural lighting background, where he developed expertise in LED technology, lighting controls, and obtrusive light assessment. As an avid amateur astronomer and astro-photographer with a passion for dark skies, Campbell will bring new insights to lighting for planning and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). He will work alongside planners, ecologists, and landscape architects on a variety of sensitive projects, where obtrusive light assessment and mitigation is a key requirement of the proposed development master plan. Lee Gunner, Associate, commented: ‘I am delighted that Colin Campbell has joined Hoare Lea Lighting. His appointment will further strengthen our team in Leeds, increasing our expertise, and enhancing the level of service we offer our clients. Enigma Lighting has appointed Faye Robinson as head of design. She joins the company after 11 years at Troup Bywaters and Anders, as Principal lighting designer, and Associate. Sales director, Paul Shoosmith, commented: ‘Faye is a fantastic addition to our growing team. Her knowledge and attention to detail is excellent. ‘With the nature and scale of our current and future projects, the time was right to get someone of Faye’s calibre on board to help take us to the next level’. Robinson will be based at the company’s proposed design studio and showroom in Manchester city centre, which is due to open later this year. Following its recent acquisition by US franchise, Batteries Plus, LED lighting retailer, LEDHut Trade has strengthened its management team with the addition of marketing director, Simon Weigh. The new role at LEDHut will see him developing, implementing, and overseeing a high-impact marketing strategy, focused on furthering the company’s rapid expansion, and building on the success of its LUMiLife brand. Weigh said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining the LEDHut team, at what is an incredibly exciting time for the business, not to mention the LED lighting market as a whole. ‘Since launching in 2011, LEDHut’s trade offering has gone from strength to strength. The acquisition by Batteries Plus marks the next big step towards the company’s future growth, both in the UK and overseas.

Chvrches on tour Working with acclaimed production designers, Louis Oliver and James Scott of Okulus Design, PRG XL Video supplied lighting, rigging, and video for Chvrches’ most recent UK tour. The package combined specially adapted trussing, a variety of lighting types, plus custom-built LED video towers. Oliver’s multi-layer design centred around three monoliths of LED video screen. This was built from PRG XL Video’s MC-7T LED, and housed in custom units built specially for the tour. The 7mm LED was selected because of its visual clarity. The lighting package included 33 Martin Mac Auras. Okulus specified nine in a mid stage truss, and a further 24 on the floor. Eight of these were used to surround the central monolith. Between the towers and to the sides of the stage, four large and two small floor towers housed a combination of Clay Paky Mythos beams interspersed between trios of Philips Nitro Strobes arranged in horizontal lines. The taller towers included three rows of lighting with two each on the smaller side towers. The combination of lighting and video gave the set a multi-depth look. Above the stage, the flown rig included Clay Paky Mythos combined with sets of high brightness Clay Paky Stormys to extend the stark lines from the floor to the roof (from Nitro 510Cs).

Mackwell has appointed Francesco De Vivo as general manager of sales, Europe. With ties to major international companies in 40 markets, he will be overseeing the company’s business strategy, providing dedicated support for customers, and contributing towards the growth of the brand throughout Europe. He has perfect credentials for the role, having worked at GE Lighting as a strategic account manager on a multi-regional basis. With a Master’s Degree in electronic engineering and substantial involvement in generating projects with end users, designers, and engineering companies, De Vivo is well placed to promote Mackwell’s portfolio, and provide a first class service to customers. ‘Our steady growth in Europe has led us to open a new European office in Italy, where Francesco will play a pivotal part in our regional business strategies, and expansion throughout Europe,’ commented MD, Nick Brangwin.

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surge in the number of energy efficiency projects commissioned has been reported in the latest UK Energy Efficiency Trends (EET) survey report, published by EEVS and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. More than 80 per cent of those responding to the EET survey confirmed they had authorised new programmes in the third quarter of 2015 - the highest proportion of new projects recorded in a single quarter since the survey began in 2012. Of the technologies being used, lighting continues to out-perform all others. The specification and use of lighting controls also grew, with a noticeable increase during quarter three. TL asked Sam Stageman, sales director at Minimise Energy, why lighting and controls are topping the list of energy efficient technologies, and by some margin. He said: ‘Organisations recognise that swapping to an energy efficient lighting solution will deliver greater and quicker savings than many of the other technologies listed by respondents. ‘In our experience, savings are as much as 50 per cent -sometimes more - with typical payback periods of between two and five years. ‘It’s also important to note that, in many buildings, lighting is one of the largest energy draws, sometimes consuming up to 40 per cent of energy used, so making savings here is always going to be attractive.’ The survey showed that the capital cost profile of energy efficiency projects remained volatile. The period saw a strong volume of small scale (up to £50,000) and large (above £500,000) projects, but the core mid-range has fallen, and accounts for only one in five projects. Although performing well, energy efficient lighting uptake hasn’t reached 60 per cent yet, so what can be done to

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improve the figures, and encourage more projects in 2016? Stageman commented: ‘In the last six months, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of lighting projects approved. We anticipate that this will be reflected in figures for quarter four of 2015, and the first quarter of 2016. ‘We are also finding that we no longer have to promote LED as a viable technology solution, as clients are actively seeking to make the switch. Instead they need to be directed to the right LED solution.’ Financing arrangements remained stable, but a trend that emerged throughout 2015 has been the use of combination funding (a mix of in-house and external finance). Financial payback periods returned to the long-term trend of between three and four years, driven by a growth in longer five- to 10-year payback projects. Stageman reflected: ‘In the short term (Q4 results), it could be that the proportion of respondents investing in lighting projects dips slightly, as many have rushed to complete solar projects in time to qualify for better Feed-in Tariffs, but beyond that, we are aware that cap-ex budgets are increasingly being set aside to fund energy efficient lighting programmes. Good payback periods and energy consumption data are making it easy to put together appealing business cases to support budget commitments.’ Energy efficiency suppliers reporting rising national orders dropped to an all-time low in quarter three, while overseas orders picked up for 28 per cent of respondents. Supplier demand however, remained the biggest single sectoral concern at 31 per cent. When combined, 35 per cent of suppliers were concerned about Government impacts on performance, which was split between



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regulation (at 14 per cent), and subsidy/ encourage their use side-by-side, rather policy uncertainty (21 per cent). than as an afterthought? David Lewis, marketing manager, energy Stageman said: ‘There’s no disguising efficiency at Schneider Electric commented the fact that it can be difficult to retrofit on the survey, saying: ‘It is clear from this lighting controls into existing buildings. report that uncertainty around subsidies You have to look at each environment and policies exists, and this remains a key and consider the disruption, technical challenge for the energy efficiency industry. requirement, and the impact to the ROI. ‘More than this, however, it supports Installing into existing Source: EEVS, BNEF. Note: ranks technologies accordingnew to thelighting proportioncontrols of the argument for greater education of buildings a more consumers who commisioned a project in each out of therequires overall number of detailed and personnel within organisations, and intrusive it can disrupt the wiring consumers commissioning projects. PFC = power factorsurvey, correction. improved optimisation of existing energy infrastructure, and be quite costly; it’s not assets, alongside capital investment in always a simple solution. technologies and services. However, there are new and emerging ‘In order to successfully fuel continued wireless lighting controls, operating growth in energy efficiency projects, over various protocols, that can simplify suppliers must enable greater use of the installation considerably. These will information across their products and be a game changer for the lighting services, ensuring that businesses are controls market.’ ■ equipped to make better decisions of an investment or operational nature when it comes to energy consumption.’ ***Compiled from the results of a confidential, quarterly industry survey, the UK Energy Efficiency Trends Report evidences industry It’s noticeable from the survey results that trends, covering both energy suppliers and consumers, providing controls are still lagging behind the uptake differentiated results for each market sector. for energy efficient lighting, yet updating The report is delivered by a research partnership between EEVS to energy efficient lighting should surely and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and supported by Bird & Bird, Bellrock and Schneider Electric. incorporate controls. What can be done to • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 17

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Introducing … LiFi On a wider level, lighting technology is already becoming a key element of smart homes and intelligent buildings, and the development of what is being termed Li-Fi is particularly exciting. Allowing data to be sent at high speeds using visible light communication (VLC), rather than radio waves, a 2015 pilot study found that it can deliver Internet access 100 times faster than traditional Wi-Fi – offering speeds of up to 1Gb/s. All that is required is a light source, such as a standard LED luminaire, an Internet connection, and a photo detector. Interestingly, Li-Fi allows for greater security on local networks as light cannot pass through walls, which also means there is less interference between devices. LED lighting is on the radar of everybody, from multi-national corporations to homeowners, as a key method of saving energy and money over the long term. One of the most exciting aspects of this technology is that its full potential is far from being realised, and the rapid rate of innovation will only continue in the years to come. ■

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he lighting industry has changed almost beyond recognition in the last few years. The trade and technology, which many contractors learned as apprentices, now presents a series of new challenges and legal requirements. And more changes are in store. Technology advances, legislation changes, and expectations rise. EU regulations mean incandescent lights are no longer available. Halogen will be phased out by 2018. So what will take their place? LED is the answer. It’s the only light source that is up to the task. New markets are opening up opportunities to develop lighting systems using smart technology in homes and commercial premises.

Efficient and economical The issues of carbon emissions, energy efficiency, and economy are high on everyone’s agenda. Incandescent lamps are impossible to get, and halogens are following in a couple of years. Decision makers have to find new ways to lower energy consumption, reduce their carbon footprint, and if possible, improve performance. LEDs are the logical answer. And they are practical in any setting - commercial, industrial, public, private, or domestic. Although the initial cost of fittings is higher, the overall operating cost is much lower. LEDs deliver

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more lumens for fewer watts, and can save up to 90 per cent on energy bills – so that’s more light for less money. With a projected life of up to 100,000 hours, quality LED lamps last many times the life of fluorescent or halogen lights. This reduces costs, not simply for replacement lamps, but also in the expensive time and disruption involved when replacing lamps in inaccessible fittings - for example 15 metres above a factory floor.

Smart buildings Technology doesn’t stand still. The more it advances, the more we want from it. So a mobile phone that makes calls has now evolved into a powerful tool, which can control many aspects of work and leisure time. And that includes the lighting in our homes and workplaces. Since their introduction, LEDs have developed. The quality and colour of the light has improved, and initial comments that the light was too blue, or cold, have been overcome by introducing lower colour temperatures, from 2700K – 4000K, which give a warmer and more natural light. It’s now possible to choose which colour is most suitable for each situation. In offices, flickering fluorescent lights have been recognised as a health hazard for years, associated with eyestrain, headaches, and even myopia. LED light can be adjusted to be closer to natural


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daylight. It’s also completely controllable, and versatile. LEDs can be fully dimmable, and are perfect for use in a ‘smart’ building. They can be programmed into daylight harvesting schemes, automatically adjusting to the amount of natural light available, and keeping the level of light in the workspace constant. This greatly reduces energy demand when the sun is shining. With modern architecture’s extensive use of glass in iconic buildings, this feature is becoming more and more important.

Transforming every situation In domestic situations, LEDs are adaptable and versatile. Programmable lighting, once something of a luxury, will become just another aspect of technology we take for granted. Rather than simply lighting our living spaces, LEDs become part of the design, with colour and timing used to create instant decorative effects. Mobile phone technology means lighting can be controlled remotely, offering not just a welcoming light but, by giving the impression the house is occupied, acting as a deterrent to burglars. In both home and office, LEDs’ instant on/off technology means lighting can be paired with motion sensors, to be switched on only when needed. The impact on security for both commercial


and domestic applications is huge. Outdoor motion sensitive lights can alert home and business owners to the presence of intruders, while lights that come on as you walk through the premises are reassuring and economical.

Education and support LED lighting provides significant economic, aesthetic, and health benefits in any situation - commercial, schools, hospitals, or domestic. However many contractors still aren’t comfortable talking about LED, and its broader benefits. It’s a lot of new information to take in. Old methods and calculations don’t apply any more. It’s not what they trained on, and some don’t care to deal with unfamiliar technology. It’s important that suppliers should help contractors become confident and comfortable with LED, so they can explain the benefits to their customers. Given all the facts, it’s a simple equation: LED = energy efficiency + increased employee productivity + lower maintenance costs. The average project will pay for itself in fewer than five years - it’s a safe investment. I believe all lighting will be LED. We can’t see into the future, but we can clearly see the trends taking off – and we are only just starting to benefit from its potential. ■ • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 23

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Control is king Alastair Ramsay, sustainable development manager at Legrand UK, discusses the future of LED integration in the drive for energy efficiency


ommercial lighting has been proven to be a key element when it comes to a building’s overall level of efficiency. The vast bulk of light sources used for commercial applications in recent times have been high frequency fluorescent. However, as demand, and expectation of higher quality lighting design has increasingly involved the use of directional light sources for impact and focus, many use various forms of halogen sources. Recent legislation, such as the European Commission’s Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive – in particular EU1194/2012 on directional lighting – will lead to the phase-out of new mains voltage halogen lamps by September 2016. This has happened because the European Commission considers that the more energy efficient alternatives to halogen - principally LED light sources - are now technically suitable replacements, particularly when considering acquisition and whole life cycle cost. LEDs are now the go-to lighting solution, driven by legislation, demand, and lower prices. Therefore, perhaps the biggest short term trend affecting efficiency in the commercial lighting sphere during the coming 12 months will be the culmination of LED luminaires being used across the majority of new-build installations, as well as a considerable number of retrofit projects.

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Don’t forget the controls Both the energy saving, and in-built control benefits of LED luminaires are well documented. However, many end users in the commercial market may not be aware that accessing the energy efficiency benefits of LED – particularly when it comes to retrofitting, or upgrading systems – is not as simple as swapping them for existing lamps. The LED technology behaves in a different manner to traditional light sources, particularly in larger installations such as open plan offices, buildings within the hospitality sector, and other large openplan spaces. In these instances, it is important to place greater emphasis on the limits of the existing control systems. In some cases for example, a whole new control system may be required, and this lack of awareness of the potential damage that can be caused when trying to install LEDs into ageing control systems, could be one of the biggest barriers to upgrading lighting and, ultimately to improving efficiency in the commercial sector. When integrating LED light sources into existing lighting control systems, there are two broad areas to consider: firstly, compatibility. The electronic nature of the LED light source can result in unexpected behaviour of controls, including older dimmers, sensors, or electronic scene setting controls and switches. With this


However, many end users in the commercial market may not be aware that accessing the energy efficiency benefits of LED – particularly when it comes to retrofitting, or upgrading systems – is not as simple as swapping them for existing lamps’ C O N TA C T

in mind, it is important that advice is taken from suppliers and installers on the suitability of the existing system with the proposed replacement products. Secondly, LEDs have a different power startup curve to traditional light sources and, when in use, their power demand is a lot lower. In smaller installations, the LED load may be too low for the existing control system that historically requires a minimum load of around 40W. In larger installation the start-up load, sometimes referred to as the in-rush currents, can be much higher than those of halogen or fluorescent lamps, and can cause permanent damage to unsuitable control equipment, including electronic switches, sensors, and dimmers. There needs to be a greater consideration on the lighting control system when it comes to upgrading to LEDs, ensuring that both the energy efficiency benefits and the increased flexibility they offer in lighting design are fully realised.

Power distribution key to flexibility One further trend to bear in mind, as evidenced across the wider building and construction sector, is the rising demand for future proof buildings and building systems. Many commercial office spaces will change


tenants a number of times during their lifetime, and the need to be flexible – particularly when it comes to lighting systems – would be a key selling point. The use of cable systems for commercial power distribution, which was traditionally the go-to method, is really being questioned in the 21st Century, given its inherent lack of flexibility. Once cable has been installed, it is very difficult to retrofit any lighting control boxes into the system, given the need to cut out old cabling, potentially redirect any cable management, and then install new cable – all at great cost to the owner, both in terms of materials and time. Using more modern methods of power distribution, such as busbar trunking, allows endusers to simply move lighting control boxes around and tap in at any point, to accommodate changes in office layout or design. Given a commercial workspace cannot work without a lighting system, and LEDs, by their very nature, are flexible and provide end users with the opportunity to target lighting to the desired level, location, and intensity, the ability to tailor the location to the exact demands of the tenant should not be underestimated. Therefore a commercial lighting system’s power distribution system should also be considered as part of any initiative to improve overall energy efficiency. ■ • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 27

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ast month we looked at what’s going on during Light + Building 2016 in the way of forums and events, and it’s obvious that it’s going to be a full-on few days for visitors and exhibitors alike. To help get the most out of a visit,

however short, this month we’ve decided to concentrate on the companies that are going to be exhibiting, where they can be found, and what’s going to be on the stands, so here’s a very short selection of those not to be missed:

Star of the show?

One not to be missed is the Original 1227 Giant – the aptly named fun concept fitting from Anglepoise that was originally designed for The Roald Dahl Museum (think BFG!). The giant Giant, which is hand built in Britain, is available in an extended range of glorious colourways, from palest blush pink and dove grey to vibrant red and a sassy sunshine yellow, not to mention custom colours to order. Visitors will be dwarfed by the floorstanding option, thrilled by the coordinating pendant, and totally wowed by the idea of a freestanding outdoor version, as well as one that can be mounted to the outside wall of the building and manoeuvred to produce light just where it’s needed.


Light + Building What the exhibitor’s say…

‘Lighting technology is advancing at a pace, and Tamlite is committed to investing in extensive R&D activities to stay at the forefront of this. At the same time we have a very strong culture of thinking like the customer. All of our R&D and manufacturing efforts are driven by understanding and anticipating their needs, and Light + Building is the ideal place to demonstrate this.’ Simon Rogers, marketing manager, Tamlite • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 29

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conventional passive infrared detectors. The HF-MD3 and HF-MD4 products work independent of temperatures, being based on radar, which evaluates the reflections of the microwave waves transmitted for maximum energy savings. The company is also introducing a new ceiling occupancy sensor, the PD2N-LEDM1C with LED orientation light, as well as a sixth generation KNX sensor with reengineered hardware and software.

Aura Light Hall 4.1, Stand B50 An exciting divergence into architectural lighting means a series of new luminaires unlike anything previously seen from Aura Light will make their debut on the stand. This includes three innovative interior fittings - Exzite, Propel, and Lezzon – all designed and manufactured in Sweden. Based on Z-core technology for optimised cooling, the Exzite LED luminaire is customisable for the modern office, providing 65per cent/35per cent direct/indirect lighting split. Different light distributions are offered, and fittings can be changed aesthetically with coloured side plates, end plates, and decorative screws. Propel is an innovative and creative pendant luminaire for the office environment, comprising three separate different coloured luminaire modules, which can be set at different angles for any combination of up- and down-light. The LED Propel fitting is dimmable, and can be fitted with daylight and presence detection for maximum energy saving. Completing the trio is Lezzon, a stylish LED luminaire designed for schools and offices. It too is based on Z-core technology for maximum heat dissipation, and provides a 65/35 per cent direct/indirect light split. Also on show, from Aura Light’s Noral range, is the Indico road and street light luminaire. Its futuristic design features die cast aluminium with impact-resistant front glass. Clever features for maintenance include opening without tools, and automatic power cut-off. The Indico LED is IP66 rated, and comes in various wattages, with automatic night dimming. Finally, a tunable white version of the award winning Aura Lunaria LED panel luminaire, will be on show, which allows the user to change the colour temperature from warm white to cool white. As well as providing a stage for it’s wealth of product launches, visitors to the Aura Light stand will preview its new smart lighting system, which enables the user to monitor and control their lighting installations via web-based software, providing greater energy savings and more control.

BEG Hall 8, Stand H7 Building automation specialist, BEG will launch a series of energy-saving lighting control products from the Luxomat net range, which includes DALI System products for building, multi-room, and single-room solutions, and DALI Compact products for standalone applications. With set up options via USB, Ethernet, LAN, WLAN, or Bluetooth available, the DALI System series allows organisations to achieve greater efficiency and reduce energy costs, while savings money on installation charges: each of the network components, up to 64 operating or control units, has a short address and a group ID, allowing groups to be formed and synchronized, via the guided light function. The single master variant, DALI Compact, contains the DALI power supply, push button control, relay, and application controller - all in one sensor case. Both devices are designed for quick installation, using the broadcast feature and the pre-installed settings. The area being monitored can be extended with conventional slave devices, which are compatible with the DALI master devices. A number of the company’s existing Dali products, such as the PD11-DALISYS-FLAT, a flat multiple master-capable DALI sensor for suspended ceilings or in-ceiling outlet, and the PD4-DAA4G, which is tailored for training rooms and classrooms, have been updated with new features and will also be on show. Additionally, BEG will present a new generation of microwave motion detectors that offers significant advantages over

Davide Groppi Hall 1.2, Stand A21 The Milan-based lighting company always creates a stir, and it looks as if the tradition will continue with the launch of a range of stunning fixtures. In true Davide Groppi style, most are being kept under wraps until the event opens, but Simbiosi is a taster of what’s on offer. A series of delicate tubes are suspended at varying heights, and ‘linked’ by violent-red wires, creating concentrated pools of light below.

Fulham Hall 4.0, Stand A12 Fulham, the suppliers of lighting

‘At Harvard, we invest 10 per cent of our annual turnover on R&D, which has enabled us to build an enviable reputation for innovation. We are excited to be showcasing our latest LED drivers and light engines on our stand at this year’s Light + Building.’

‘We’re delighted to have a components division stand at Light + Building. This is an important area for us, and by providing sustainable, energy saving, high quality components, we are hoping to offer OEMs even more versatility and efficacy for new product development.’

Tim McKernan, head of OEM sales, Harvard

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components and electronics, will be displaying a selection of products, with special focus on LED drivers and modules. Centre stage will be two of the company’s latest developments: the WorkHorse LED programmable driver, and the HotSpot Plus, LED driver and emergency system. The WorkHorse LED family replaces numerous variations of fixed output drivers, and is a smart solution for greater LED efficiency. Built to the company’s usual quality and reliability standards, programmable features include output current, dimming curve, and lowest dimming percentage, allowing the driver to match the output of existing fixtures, or serve as a flexible platform for new luminaire designs. Fulham’s intuitive SmartSet programming platform enables powerful programming capabilities, via handheld controller or PC software. Four models are available in 40W and 60W versions, with different case size and termination options. All are available as either dimming or DALI dimming model types. The drivers can dim to one per cent of programmed current, and have one-touch programming for high volume use. Live on the stand, the WorkHorse will be used in two demonstrations: one in conjunction with Tvilight, developer of wireless, sensor-based, outdoor lighting control solutions; and the second working with Control Network Solutions, developer of elitedali, a vendor independent smart web convergence open standards lighting control solution. Fulham’s second big focus product is the HotSpot Plus, an all-in-one unit combining a dimmable LED driver, an emergency LED driver, and a replaceable battery. HotSpot Plus is simple to install with no need for separate emergency systems. Under normal conditions, the HotSpot Plus functions as a dimmable 40W constant current LED driver, with a programmable output current range of 250 to 1400 mA. During a power outage, the system automatically engages an integrated backup battery, which can provide 5W of power for 180 minutes, or 10W for 90 minutes. For the European market, the ThoroLED product range will include standard and custom LED modules as tailored replacements for applications currently using incandescent, CFL, linear fluorescent, or HID light sources. These come in standard linear, circular, cluster, and H-shaped modules, and can be custom developed to customer specification. All modules feature optimised thermal management for extended LED life, use the highest quality, branded LEDs, and come in constant voltage or constant current designs.


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Presenting its latest range of LED fittings for indoor and outdoor environments, industrial applications, commercial buildings, and sports facilities, as well as street and emergency lighting, the Gewiss stand has something to interest almost every visitor. Look out for the new Smart [3], and Road [5] lighting systems, as well as the multiaward winning Smart [4,] and Street [O3] street lighting systems. The Smart[3] LED luminaire is the first fitting of its kind to reach an ingress protection rating of IP66/IP69 - making it waterproof, dustproof, and suitable for cleaning with a high-pressure hot water jet. Smart[3] is designed for ease of installation, replacing traditional fluorescents from two foot, 18w single fittings to five foot, 58w twin models. A robust, slim-line, and highly energy efficient solution, Smart [3] is ideal for installations with low ceiling heights, of up to four metres, such as multi-storey car parks, plant rooms, loading bays, workshops, schools, and supermarkets, as well as more demanding environments with a high degree of humidity or dust. The polycarbonate body means the fittings are suitable for the food industry, and will resist impact, accidental knocks, water jets, humidity, foreign bodies, and dust. The fitting is available in three sizes: 800; 1200; and 1600mm, and with a through-wiring option to seamlessly link luminaires to create a continuous strip of light. Using and designed around the latest generation energy-saving LED technology Smart[3] is an exclusive Gewiss patent, designed, developed and produced in Italy. The range complements the awardwinning Smart[4] LED high bay, low bay and flood lighting. As with Smart [4], Smart [3] takes full advantage of the positive features of sustainable LED technology, combining optimum lighting performance with excellent energy cost savings: up to 59 per cent, depending on the installation.

‘We are very excited about the new lights and products we are launching at Frankfurt. Our designers work hard to innovate and create exciting and beautiful lighting. Our high skilled production team creates exceptional lights, and we are looking forward to showing our fabulous new collection to clients, old and new this spring.’ Martin Wögerbauer, CEO, Kolarz

A first time visitor to Light + Building, Hamilton Litestat will be waving the British flag with the latest designs in its incredibly comprehensive range of decorative switch and socket wall plates. The designs have been created to withstand the demands of tough interior environments, while providing a coordinated finishing touch, and highlights from no less than 18 collections in metal, plastic, wood, and glass will be on display, with the debut of four new shades of bronze finish. Additionally, Hamilton’s programmable multi-scene lighting control will be demonstrated live during the event. Mercury has been created to provide changing ambient light for interior spaces, with the option of integration with its Multi-room audio system to achieve a total lighting and sound package.

Harvard Engineering Hall 4, Booth D21 With a wide range of green technologies, Harvard has made the decision to only showcase 100 per cent recycled LED fixtures on its stand, further enhancing its eco-friendly credentials. Amongst its offering, the company is set to launch the CLK programmable driver, which can be programmed in 1mA increments in less than a second per driver. Attending visitors will be invited to see for themselves how quick and easy the programming unit is. Additionally, the company will be

‘Since its launch, EyeNut has revolutionised the indoor lighting market. We are excited to be providing demonstrations of the solution at this year’s Light + Building.’ Andy Davies, head of business development and specification, Harvard • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 31

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showcasing its LED Solutions range, alongside the highly successful EyeNut wireless interior monitoring and management system. Visitors will be treated to demonstrations during the show. Allowing users to commission, configure, and control their own lighting, via an online interface accessed via a computer, laptop, tablet, or even smartphone, EyeNut can provide energy savings and reduce carbon emissions. Taking pride in being at the forefront of development for integrated, energy and cost saving lighting solutions, its customer-driven concept technologies include the Gen III range of Zhaga Book 7 linear light engines, which have been developed using the latest microchip technology.

sustainable architecture – form the basis of Linea Light Group’s stand. Designed by Studio Gherardi, the design is the result of ‘reverse conceptual and construction process, rather like the process undertaken by a sculptor. The lighting solutions are managed via smartphone and tablet, thanks to the use of the DALI protocol, which makes advanced lighting management not only possible, but the ideal way to create intriguing backdrops with ease. As far as visual comfort is concerned, innovation is provided by the latest dimmer technology, Warm Tune: a truly sensory experience, not just visual, that offers the pleasant sensation of a light which, as its intensity decreases, becomes gradually warmer and softer. The stand will be adorned with an array of products, including IRIS 67, one of the stars of the company’s offering. The outdoor spotlight features a variable optic, and is well suited to illuminating garden plants. The variable focal adjustment allows the designer to enlighten a defined area and follow, for example, the plant’s growth.

Lutron Kolarz Hall 6.1, Stand C44 A stunning example of decorative lighting at it’s best, Kolarz’s stand will feature beautiful works of lighting art guaranteed to take the breath away, such as this luxurious hand blown Murano glass fitting, which features 24-carat, gold-plated elements, and hand applied gold leaf on the arms.

Linea Light group Hall 3.1, Stand E91 An unusual design characterised by three interacting elements – light, technology, and Hall 4.1, Booth C61 Lutron will be showcasing a comprehensive series of lighting, shading, and temperature control solutions for a variety of spaces, demonstrating how smart lighting and heating control solutions can improve building performance, making them more sustainable and energy efficient. Among the the unveilings will be new features for Quantum Vue facility management software, enabling remote monitoring, control, and optimisation of lighting in a commercial building from a tablet, PC, or smartphone. The flagship Quantum total light management system, including Hyperion software for automated control of blinds for commercial buildings, will be on display. A series of accessories for Palladiom keypads, such as aesthetically compatible power receptacles, USB, and Ethernet sockets will be available alongside the new guestroom solution, myRoom, a family of user-friendly guestroom systems for light, temperature, and blind control, ideal for new builds and renovations, with wireless and wired options. Additionally, Lutron’s smooth dimming LED light solution, proving that, with the right technology, flicker-free dimming is possible even with light intensity reduced to the minimum, is expected to draw the crowds.

Megaman Hall 4.1, Stand H70 and Hall 4.0, Stand G03 On it’s largest stand to date, Megaman will showcase its latest light source and fixture innovations and, for the first time, will be putting the spotlight on its components. The company plans to show OEMs its full range of TECOH high performance LED light engines and modules. Available in a range of shapes, sizes, and lumen packages, TECOH socketable and nonsocketable solutions, with either integrated or non-integrated electronic drivers, can be used to create high quality light for any hospitality or commercial application. The full range of Light Engines and modules on show includes an energy efficient LED alternative for ceramic metal halide lamps for retail environments, a rectangular-shaped module that is a perfect replacement for fluorescent fittings, designed in line with Zhaga Interface Specification Book7, and a range of constant current and AC solutions, offering an excellent alternative to AR111, MR16 and PAR16 halogen products, that are ideal for use in recessed and surface mounted spotlights.

Recolight Hall 4.1, Stand E60 Providing full WEEE compliance in the UK, Recolight will be in attendance in conjunction with EucoLight, the European association for WEEE lighting compliance schemes. Visitors exporting to EU member states will have the opportunity to talk to EucoLight members about compliance in their countries. EucoLight is the voice of Lighting WEEE compliance schemes, working to get the regulations right for the lighting industry.

‘Linea Light Group will be participating at this eagerly awaited event with a stand characterised by three key concepts that all interact with each other: light, technology, and sustainable architecture. ‘The main goal of the company is spreading the knowledge of its innovative technology to the market. At Light+Building 2016, Linea Light Group wants to put itself in contact with architects and designers through its professional products. ‘Pioneers in LED lighting, and proud to be among the first to have invested in this technology with profound conviction, Linea Light Group guarantees the highest, long-lasting quality of the products, thanks to a know-how acquired over 15 years.’ Andrea Zugno, marketing coordinator, Linea Light Group. 32 • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 •


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Its members represent more than 5,000 lighting producers across the EU, and have funded the recycling of 270,000 tonnes of WEEE lighting. All members operate as not for profit, maximising funds available to recycle.

horizontally, vertically or on the deck using its flexible QuickRig mounting system. DALIS earned PLASA Award for Innovation when it was shown for the first time at the PLASA show in October 2015.

Sharing pride of place on the stand will be a giant British Routemaster bus. A classic icon, the Routemaster is an homage to Tamlite’s heritage and UK design excellence. It also provides a creative backdrop to showcase the company’s range of next-generation LED solutions, and will double up as a handy meeting room: visitors can hop on board to discuss their needs. The event will also provide a showcase for the company’s bespoke product delivery capability.

Robert Juliat Hall 4, Level 2, Booth H89 DALIS, the new asymmetrical 300W LED wall wash luminaire will take centre stage on the Robert Juliat stand. Designed to deliver powerful, smooth coverage, and a huge variety of pastel and saturated colours, DALIS incorporates eight coloured LED emitters consisting of red, green, blue, royal blue, amber, cyan, warm white (2200K), and cool white (6500K). The choice of these six colours in association with the two whites, gives access to an extremely wide colour gamut. The white emitters facilitate colour desaturation, resulting in an impressive range of pastel tones. Each colour can be controlled in 8- or 16-bit mode. In addition, the LED emitters can be grouped into two or four sections to form bands of colour, each of which can be controlled independently in 16-bit mode to provide an exceptionally subtle and clever mix of colours with smooth transitions and fades. DALIS’ exclusive optical design uses patented asymmetrical micro reflectors to spread the light evenly over vertical surfaces and deliver a massive output across the full colour spectrum. A protective glass window with a highly transmissive coating ensures optimal light transmission. Equipped with an advanced fan-less cooling system, DALIS offers silent operation, which is perfect for sound sensitive applications like opera houses and studios, and all theatrical, TV, and entertainment applications. DALIS can be controlled via DMX/ RDM, ArtNet, SACN, MANet and mounted

Venture Tamlite Hall 4, Level 1, Booth F89 The British lighting designer and manufacturer, Tamlite Lighting, will showcase how its UK-based R&D and manufacturing activities are delivering significant advances in energy efficient lighting. Tamlite is Britain’s second largest privately owned lighting company, with its extensive R&D and manufacturing activities managed out of nine factories in the UK. Last year, the company delivered more than four million products and, as a business, it has invested more than £4m in the last three years to undertake the development of a number of cutting-edge lighting solutions. The show presents an ideal, high-profile opportunity to communicate its values in relation to quality, service, and innovation. Tamlite plans to generate excitement with a show-stopping British themed stand, which demonstrates the latest advances in product development. To showcase the transformative power of lighting, the stand will display an impressive lit water feature, with bubbles creating a beautiful sequence of colour changes and effects, thanks to dynamic control capabilities. Hall 4.1, Stand J10 Venture Lighting Europe will be showcasing a newly introduced range of luminaires, including its VLED Integrated Driver Technology (IDT) system for outdoor floodlights, industrial, commercial, plus road lighting applications. Making its international debut will be Venture’s Westminster VLED module and retrofit LED solution, specially designed for street lighting, and using the company’s SUPRAX glass optics, to offer exceptional benefits to local authorities. The VLED range includes products offering particularly high lumen packages, typically producing 15,000-18,000 lumens from LED floodlights, and 20,000-plus lumens from LED HighBay fixtures. The technology provides a great range of energy saving solutions for industrial and commercial applications, as well as street lighting. The Westminster VLED street lighting module offers local authorities the ability to extend the life of their existing street lighting to 100,000 hours, and can be retrofitted to almost any existing luminaire. With a range of lumen outputs from 2,000 to 16,000, the Westminster VLED module delivers a high efficacy up to 152 lumens per watt, and can be built from 17W to 108W to meet the lighting requirements of each scheme. ■

‘It’s our first time at this leading industry event, and our presence makes a strong statement that Hamilton is an international player in electrical wiring accessories and lighting control solutions. ‘We’re particularly looking forward to the opportunity to meet international hotel customers, and those in the growing boutique sector. Hamilton supports a growing customer base from its showroom in Dubai, so it will also be a great chance for the UK product development team to meet visiting customers from the UAE, and neighbouring countries.’ Sebastian Bone, export manager, Hamilton Litestat. 34 • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 •

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An all-LED update for Austrian office furniture manufacturer, Blaha



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laha is one of Austria’s top office furniture manufacturers, and its Korneuburg headquarters houses a showroom, which doubles as a sales area, working space, and communications forum. The showroom, which serves both business and private customers, extends across three floors, and houses a diverse mix of high quality furniture ranges and acoustic systems, offered with a variety of textiles, surface options, and colours. • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 37

ERCO now consistently uses LED photometrics in its spotlights enabling us to reduce our energy costs by 50 per cent. Our investment will therefore pay for itself over the years

Company CEO, Friedrich Blaha, takes up the story: ‘The BüroIdeenZentrum (Office Ideas Centre) was opened in 2001. As it was equipped with conventional stage spotlights from different manufacturers back then, the lighting concept was addressed and redefined as part of our re-launch in 2015. ‘We were looking primarily for a system that would support and enhance the dramatic and emotive ambience of the exhibited images. It needed to be designed around a single type of spotlight that offered the versatility for use in any spatial situation. These ranged from scenes requiring illumination from the ceiling, covering a

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distance of 12m, as well as accent lighting for individual exhibits, but also expansive staging of whole office settings.’ This comprehensive undertaking stipulated a minimum number of luminaires, with the lowest possible wattage to achieve it – without compromising on visual comfort.

Perfect rendition Central to the design was to ensure optimal colour rendition. The products feature a remarkably wide selection of textiles and surfaces, most of which are available in a variety of colours. Blaha promotes these materials and their colour variety

with attention-grabbing installations. The contract, therefore, hinged on natural and brilliant colour reproduction that would reveal the wide array of colours with their many subtle nuances – especially in the pastel ranges. Blaha continued: ‘These requirements could ultimately be met only by ERCO Opton spotlights, with six different light distribution patterns achieved through a simple change of lenses.’ ERCO’s Opton spotlight was selected for the entire project: designed for in-store lighting, Opton combines flexibility and efficiency with high lumen packages and

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excellent light quality. In the showroom, the diversity of tasks was mastered with an 18W luminaire and variable distribution options. The warm white light maximises the colour rendition, works well with the variety of different surfaces, and creates a warm and welcoming ambience. Accent lighting, with different focal points, structures the open room and illuminates individual products in a similar way to the illumination of museum artefacts. Spherolit lenses, specially developed by ERCO, enable different light distribution patterns with very precise and uniform beams.

Professional surroundings The heart of the showroom, the bar area and communication forum extending over three levels, is illuminated by Opton 18W with narrow spot characteristic. Thanks to the photometrics specially developed for LED technology, the light bridges the distance, of around 25m, effortlessly. The spotlights offer optimal visual comfort, with excellent glare control. Mounted above the consultation tables, they create a communicative, pleasantly bright and friendly working atmosphere. Friedrich Blaha concluded: ‘The on-site

support and advice, which we received from ERCO consultants in the process, was highly appreciated: a service that is not to be underestimated, as it helped us to realise our concept of homogeneous showroom lighting. ‘The fact that ERCO now consistently uses LED photometrics in its spotlights enabled us to reduce our energy costs by 50 per cent. Our investment will therefore pay for itself over the years. ‘We are more than satisfied with our decision to opt for a high quality ERCO lighting system.’ ■

Project data Project: Blaha showroom, Korneuburg, Austria Client: Franz Blaha Sitz- und Büromöbel Industrie GmbH Architecture: Eichinger oder Knechtl, Vienna, Austria Contact Erco • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 39


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ncreasing costs, the desire - if not the need - to keep guests coming back for more, has defined a trend in the hospitality industry for the latest technology, and lighting is at the forefront of the tech revolution these days. Above and beyond the requirement for the money savings potential of installing LEDs in an industry where the lights are always on – the hospitality industry has to create a ‘Wow’ factor; something that most of its guests simply won’t get at home. The sector is, to put it simply, at the sharp end of lighting design and technology. So how is lighting used to create this extra quality that guests demand? In China, Kolarz has recently installed stunning handmade ceiling, wall, and pendants fittings at the luxury Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest skyscraper, after receiving a brief to create ‘unique and magnificent feature lights’ for two of its extremely large function rooms. The client specifically wanted high quality lighting to make a real statement, and add to the grandeur of the landmark building. The budget for the project was a whopping €3,000,000, which provides a sense of the scale, the work involved, the expertise, and the materials required. The designs feature sparkling Murano glass twinned with chrome: in the ballroom and VIP room, 25,000 two-metre long, clear Murano glass sticks have been used to create 14 ceiling fittings – each of which measures five metres in diameter,


HOURS Re-defining lighting for hospitality venues and weighs a jaw-dropping eight tonnes. The lighting for the multi-function room, which is roughly the size of a football pitch, includes 32 futuristic chrome and fibreglass pendants, which create a focal point in the massive space. Commenting on the project, Kolarz joint CEO, Stefan Wögerbauer said: ‘The Shanghai Tower project showcases our work, and is a testament to what we can achieve for clients who want to create something on a grand scale.’ On a slightly less overpowering, but none-the-less important scale, the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin Group set out to reduce energy consumption throughout its entire estate by switching to an LED solution from Lyco. The Group’s hotels are housed in a variety of historical buildings and, after inspection it was evident that not all of the properties would accommodate standard components and products. The Lyco team had to assess each on a hotel-byhotel basis, and for some buildings, had • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 41

to provide tailor-made solutions, including bespoke components, to ensure the best lighting was installed to not only achieve the cost saving objective, but also to ensure that the fittings matched the desired aesthetic impact. Another successful LED solution has been created at one of London’s most iconic watering holes – Goat in Chelsea. The traditional London pub re-opened following extensive modernisation as an energetic and edgy hub comprising a contemporary Italian restaurant, a large DJ bar, and a 1920s-style speakeasy. The final element of the metamorphosis was the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting from the Bright Goods range. The many nooks, crannies, and architectural quirks have provided huge scope for entertaining, as guests enjoy the exotic surroundings. However, the traditional incandescent filament lamps that helped create the overall ambiance proved to be costly to run and maintain. With an ambitious energy upgrade planned for the building, Steve Manktelow, who masterminded the concept, was keen to establish whether any of the expense could be offset against future savings. Harbouring a level of reticence towards LED lamps, which he feared would produce a light that would be inappropriate for the venue’s stylish interior, he ordered samples from Bright Goods. Following a trial, the team at Goat were pleasantly surprised, not only with the vintage look and feel of the LED filament lamps, but also with the warm, familiar glow re-created in LED. The lamps have actually helped to complement the sympathetic restyling of the old building, and updated it with modern charm. Importantly, whilst recreating the nostalgic glory of incandescent lighting in LED, the lamps are providing energy savings of 70 per cent plus. Steve Manktelow is delighted with both the appearance and the performance of the lighting. He said: ‘The lamps are a brilliant match for the incandescent filament bulbs we had previously. The warm glow of the old lighting has been re-created to create the same retro, vintage feel. They have the same impact as the old Edison squirrel cages, and other shape styles, so swapping them out has been seamless. Having trawled what is available, these are the first LED lamps I’ve come across that retain the warmth of an incandescent, which was the real deciding factor.’

Outside the box Even in the often inclement UK, outside space has the potential to encourage visitors to linger longer. Take, for instance, the case of the opulent Rosewood Hotel in London, where the owner has unveiled its latest drinking and dining destination, The Terrace. Transformed by award-winning landscape designer, Luciano Giubbilei, the year–round garden features an intimate lighting scheme, designed by Foundry, to create an inviting and stylish destination for guests to socialise after dark.

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Hamilton Litestat’s solution at The Old Bridge Inn, Holmfirth


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A stainless steel structure, fabricated from solid 50x50mm profile, provides a foundation, in which the majority of the lighting has been subtly incorporated, while custom trunking discreetly conceals the cable routing, and keeps the visual impact of the lighting equipment to a minimum. Special mounting brackets that clip into the trunking allow high level lighting to be attached to the structure, and to accentuate the tree canopy above. Bespoke frame-mounted LED downlights, which were designed by Foundry and manufactured in-house by UFO Lighting, are used throughout to highlight the stainless steel structure, and the tables below. Having been specifically fashioned to the same specification as the stainless steel profile, and powder coated to match, the cubeshaped fittings blend so seamlessly with their surrounding environment that they appear as a streamlined extension of it. Each fitting has been fabricated from anodised aluminium, and fitted with a brass insert for a look of added warmth and luxury. Internally, the use of the 1W Cree chip and narrow optics provide the tight beam and quality of light needed to create dramatic pools of light on the tables below.

Sharing the load It’s not always necessary for individual establishments to take the lead on lighting

design as a way of increasing customer footfall. Take, for instance, the case of an area of Manchester, where a refurbishment programme, which includes advanced lighting technology, has breathed new life into bars and restaurants locally. Constance Wolstenholme of IBT Group explains: ‘The role of the lighting designer is key to creating the right ambience for city centre attractions. A perfect example of how an exciting specialist lighting design can change the whole ambience of the area is the recent installation at Angel Square, which has undergone extensive refurbishment, the crowning glory of which is the lighting of the NOMA tubes, and specifically, the soon-tobe-introduced public interactivity via Twitter’. During the day, the area reflects an image of tranquillity and peace but, by night, displays a vibrancy that reflects the busy atmosphere of the city. As word spreads, the area becomes a tourist attraction and, as a result, businesses catering to the visitors flourish.

In control Lighting design, and in particular, energy efficient lighting design, simply cannot be fully achieved without the use of controls. Many older controls, especially those incorporating scene settings popular with the hospitality sector, simply aren’t compatible with retrofit LED lighting, so in these cases, a new system is called for.

Smart lighting control within the restaurant and public areas of properties belonging to the Bulldog Hotel Group had become a priority after expertise identified that inappropriate lighting levels at particular times led to lack of ambience. It became apparent that effective handling of lighting levels were key to maintaining a conducive and relaxed atmosphere within the dining and bar areas, but asking staff to manually adjust lighting at set times of the day and evening - when busy and under pressure serving food and drink - proved challenging. This led to the company researching the options for one of its flagship properties The Old Bridge Inn and Coffee House in Holmfirth. A need was identified for a simple automated lighting scene system, which once set, required no adjustment or maintenance, but equally could be re-set to accommodate different events, and changing levels of natural light during the seasons. The Group specified a bespoke solution from Hamilton Litestat. Hamilton’s team created a purposebuilt lighting control system with a facility for multiple scene setting throughout The Old Bridge’s restaurant and bar. The system comprised a compact twin-channel controller, with MCB protection and a built-in timer to deliver multiple timed scene recall – from breakfast through to evening dining.

Our initial research into identifying a suitable lighting control unit for the Old Bridge Inn revealed an off-the-shelf system that would meet our needs simply didn’t exist’ • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 43

Essentially, the timer sends a pulse to the dimmer processor. This triggers a scene recall at the chosen time of day. Further pulses from the timer cause the scene to skip to the next stored scene. Changing from one scene to the next is set over a chosen fade rate to give a very gradual, almost unnoticeable change. The system was designed to be completely automatic – so once set. there is no need for staff involvement. A push-button control plate has been installed allowing stored scenes and times to be changed for one-off events. By taking control of lighting levels, the hotel is also benefiting from energy savings and significant cost reductions. Mark Porcher from The Bulldog Hotel Group commented: ‘Our initial research into identifying a suitable lighting control unit for the Old Bridge Inn revealed an off-the-shelf system that would meet our needs simply didn’t exist. Initial frustration led to delight when we discovered Hamilton’s bespoke design and manufacturing service.’ n


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Light matters It’s heartening to read the results of this survey, conducted by Big Hospitality, and sponsored by Megaman

1% Only 1% of those surveyed think lighting is of no importance in the customer experience



Good lighting encourages guests to stay longer, and come back for more


According to respondents, a well-lit venue is… somewhere that draws you in somewhere to spend time somewhere to go back to None of the above

36% 34% 26% 4%

72% have left a venue earlier than planned, because it was too brightly, or poorly lit

Up front lighting refurbishment costs seem to be less important than ambience. When making decisions on new lighting in a venue, hospitality professionals say that key considerations are: The effect and ambience of the new lighting The ability of staff to dim the lights Energy bill/CO2 savings The up front costs

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74% have stayed longer than planned because the lighting made them feel relaxed and welcome

67% 43% 31% 23%

A survey of hospitality professionals has found that lighting is an integral part of the package when it comes to encouraging guests to stay longer and make repeat visits to a restaurant, hotel, or bar

43% of those surveyed have been involved in a lighting

refurbishment in their present or previous venue and said:

The new lighting has been well received by customers


84% of customers gave positive feedback on the lighting refurbishment

Good lighting boosts business


91% think the lighting refurbishment has had a positive impact on business in terms of an up-lift in sales or profits

Education is still needed about the benefits of LEDs Only half of all hospitality professionals (49%) think a halogen lamp ban next year would be a positive change for them.

36% 15%

36% say it would not affect them 15% think that a ban will have a negative impact on them

*Survey carried out amongst 236 hospitality professionals by Big Hospitality for Megaman during October 2015.


red Bass, managing director of Neonlite International, the brand owner of Megaman, the company sponsoring the survey, commented: ‘This survey supports what we are seeing in our day to day business within the hospitality sector – good quality lighting is appreciated, and a well lit scheme attracts customers, who stay longer and spend more. However, the one area where I think we are at the cusp of a tipping point is in the understanding of the benefits of LEDs amongst the majority of those in the hospitality sector. Although half of those surveyed say that they think the banning of halogen lights and introduction of LED equivalents would be positive, there are still another half who are unsure. As more and more bars, restaurants, and hotels experience the benefits of the latest in LED lighting technology, I believe we will see a dramatic change in favour of LEDs.’ • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 47

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The 21st Century looks bright for London Underground as plans are unveiled to secure its future design heritage


ulty has supported Studio Egret West in delivering a design manifesto that will build on the iconic brand of London Underground, and nurture its design heritage. The designs for the next generation of London Underground stations, within the LU Design Idiom (LUDI), offer a holistic approach to infrastructure design to create engaging spaces - for passengers and as places of work. The Idiom has been developed to ensure the Underground’s continuing success as it advances in the 21st Century. Paul Nulty, Nulty+ founder, said: ‘To be appointed to deliver a new lighting philosophy for such an iconic part of London’s DNA has been an incredible opportunity for the team. ‘Lighting is a key element of the Idiom and, when applied properly, can transform a station. Using layers of light will create

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The aim is to create an environment that has a positive impact on the senses and mood, and that preserves the Underground’s status as an iconic part of London’

spaces that are safe and functional, but that will also add excitement and drama.’ The company produced designs that emphasise the heritage and historical features of the spaces, aid orientation, and create positive emotional responses in the people who use the Underground, and those who work there. Nulty continued: ‘The role of the team is to use light as a tool to make stations flow better, to celebrate the rich heritage of our London transport, while embracing the future and leading the way in 21st Century public transport design.’ Blending the principles of function, orientation, identity, visual interest, energy, robustness, and suitability, with creativity and contrast, the company has created dramatic, yet user friendly spaces that will be in line with exemplary metro stations across the world. ‘The aim is to create an environment that has a positive impact on the senses and mood, and that preserves the Underground’s status as an iconic part of London,’ added Nulty. Building on the Idiom’s aim to ‘bring good design to the forefront of thinking,’ the intricate lighting approach adds depth, texture, and drama, to create station spaces that have impact. The team have built up layers of light in the design that will aid passenger flow and define important areas. An important aspect of the lighting scheme, which is currently going through the procurement process, was to achieve the correct balance between luminance ratios to create different strengths of highlights and shadows. Historically, Underground stations have been designed to a high level of uniformity that places an undue emphasis on achieving control and

regularity, which occasionally resulted in over-lit spaces. The lighting within the Idiom considers the way staff and customers move around, and how they perceive space; critical elements to achieving this are an increase in contrast, and a small increase in average light levels, as well as vertical illuminance. By overlapping several layers of light, colour temperatures have been introduced that will radiate warmth across the spaces. By moving away from the current homogenous approach to lighting, and replacing it with a soft ambiance, commuter stress and fatigue should be diminished, using light as a positive influencer of mood. Alongside engaging the senses, the lighting clearly defines platform edges, entrances, and exit points, and • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 51

accentuates the curves of the tunnels to create atmosphere, highlighting start and end points, to give rhythm and definition to the wide and tunnelled spaces. Within the design philosophy, only energy efficient and sustainable lighting could be used. Nulty evolved the Category 1 standard, in order to relax uniformity, and increase light levels over specific areas to create greater contrast. Illumination, with both longevity and maintainability, has been used throughout the design but delivered in a way that maintains engagement with the space. Paul Nulty, Nulty+ founder, said: ‘To be appointed to deliver a new lighting

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philosophy for such an iconic part of London’s DNA has been an incredible opportunity for the team. ‘Lighting is a key element of the Idiom and, when applied properly, can transform a station. Using layers of light will create spaces that are safe and functional, but that will also add excitement and drama. Chris Bonner, head of customer environment and design, London Underground, said: ‘We knew that light, and the creative use of lighting, would have a transformational impact on our station environments and our customers’ perceptions of these spaces, but to go beyond the functional, we needed a new

philosophy. Nulty was the perfect partner, working closely with internal experts on the new approach, which considers layers of light to help orientate customers, highlight key pieces of information, and animate historic features. ‘I look forward to seeing the roll out of this exciting new philosophy across the network in the years to come.’ The new lighting philosophy comes at an exciting time, as it forms part of Transported by Design, a campaign by TfL that explores good design on the transport network and its role in the lives of the millions of customers who use it each day. n


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n this age of see, want, buy, the domestic lighting market has exploded with fittings of all shapes and sizes, to suit all designs and dreams. We’ve been enjoying a visual feast of lights that would be suitable for everything from the smallest bachelor pad to … well, to a sporting icon’s mansion (naming no names). What’s your favourite?

Contemporary classic Fitting: Mini Original Designer: Anglepoise Web: At little more than 20 inches tall, diminutive it may be, but the new fixed-arm table lamp packs quite a punch, and comes in three classic colours: jet black, a long-standing best-seller, sits alongside two contemporary classics: linen white, and dove grey.

Glam basics Fitting: The Cotswold Designer: David Hunt Web: Simple but effective, this utilitarian collection features a single wall light and pendant, with a French cream metal shade and antique solid brass metalwork. Each light is handmade by highly talented craftsmen.

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All that glisters Fitting: Carragher Designer: Chantelle W: A stunning bespoke 12-foot draping chandelier, featuring approximately 50,000 crystals. Designed to hang low from the ceiling, it creates a spectacular centrepiece in an entrance hall and stairs.Â

Brighter bricks Fitting: Micro Blade Cadre Designer: Optelma W: Working together, Sedap and Optelma have developed the Micro Blade range of invisible lighting solutions. Made from high-strength plaster profile, which is integrated into the interior fabric, Micro Blade Cadre is designed for recessing linear LED lighting within walls and ceilings; the profiles create a seamless, streamlined look, allowing walls and ceilings to appear to float in the space.


Lighter than air Fitting: Simbiosi Designer: Davide Groppi Weightlessness, simplicity, emotion, and creativity as usual trademark Groppi’s latest design – fine tubes that funnel the light are suspended on almost invisible wires, but joined with what resembles a red electrical charge. Definitely a conversation piece…

Going, going … Fitting: hue Go Designer: Philips W: The portable, dish-shaped wireless fitting that begs to be cradled, taken from room to room to set the mood, both indoors and out. Go provides up to 300 lumen and 16 million colours, from deeply dimmed to fully powered, allowing spaces to be lit in new, creative ways, and all controlled via a smart device. 56 • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 •












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Angel tubes Lighting a northern landscape


OMA is an £800m mixed-use redevelopment scheme covering 20 acres in Manchester. The name is a convergence of its global geographical location at 53o north (No), and its location in Manchester (Ma). NOMA has helped revitalise the northern area of Manchester city centre, which has not undergone the redevelopment evident in other parts of the city. Working in partnership with Hermes Investment Management, and supported by the European Regional Development Fund, the Co-operative Group has created four million sq ft of office, residential, retail, leisure, and hotel space. A project to deliver a lighting installation for three ‘earth tubes’ in Angel Square was designed by Cundall Light4 and implemented by Studiotech.

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‘In 2014 Cundall Light4 were selected as the lighting designer for the earth tube lighting installation,’ explained director of Cundall, Andrew Bissell. ‘In responding to the brief, and through a desire to make the earth tubes a global landmark, Cundall Light4 set about identifying who and how people would view, and engage with, the earth tubes. The three steel panelled concrete earth tubes are actually geothermal channels that help moderate the temperature in the adjacent building, the tallest of them standing 5.6m high. The feature lighting has elevated the tubes to a focal point and headturning landmark for the area. The lighting design and specification featured three elements of lighting components integrated to each of the three earth tubes. These are bespoke fin crown

lights, linear lid lights, and vertically curved linear lights between the fins. ‘In the age of iPads and smartphone technology, it was obvious that this would be one avenue of interaction,’ said Bissell, adding ‘but there is also the need to engage with that cheeky five-year old who is walking past with his mum on the way to the shops. Various ideas of capturing and replaying the movement of people, and using fixed furniture as an input device to create the light show were studied. ‘To display the lighting effects, a range of lighting designs were created and presented to the NOMA stakeholders. The preferred design utilised three lighting elements, which can be operated together or independently. These elements are known as the curved fin lights, crown lights, and linear lid lighting’.

The lighting design and specification featured three elements of lighting components integrated to each of the three earth tubes. These are bespoke fin crown lights, linear lid lights, and vertically curved linear lights between the fins. All of the lights were specified as individually addressable RGB units. Animations and effects were included as visualisations within the specification, to allow a number of day one scenes. Furthermore, the specification required that the infrastructure could deliver almost any animation and effect created in the future. A fundamental element of the concept design was to deliver an interactive lighting installation either through cameras, sensors, mobile phones, or fixed equipment. Studiotech won the tender to develop the design, supply, and install, programme, and commission the lighting and control. Traxon Technologies supplied the

light fixtures, and Studiotech engineered the proprietary product into a bespoke and interactive solution that seeks to enhance the experience of all who journey through the neighbourhood. Traxon Technologies’ Darren Worley explained how the project came to fruition: ‘We were contacted by lighting designer, Cundalls, who knew the Traxon division of Osram could come up with a solution for these specialist projects. We had a couple of meetings, discussing options and budgets, before I came up with a solution, which I thought would work well, and would make the designer’s vision very much a reality. ‘I suggested involving a locally based certified partner to provide a turnkey solution. I knew our partner, Studiotech could supply, design, install, and commission, to make sure the project was as simple and straightforward as possible.’ Traxon Media Tube RGB Direct proved to be the perfect fit for the tube’s

enormous lid structures, being flexible and available in differing lengths to create the shape of the lid screens. Each of the three huge lids used 46 RGB Direct Media Tube in 138 x 295mm, 32 RGB Direct Media Tube in 96 x 995mm, and 14 in 42 x 1495mm a total of 2673 pixels per earth tube lid. For the fins, 108 customised sets of Traxon String RGB at 120mm pitch were selected, which integrated well in to the bespoke fin structures, made by Studio Tech. Each earth tube used 36 sets of strings, totaling 5760 pixels each. Brand-wise, NOMA is a total Osram solution; no other products were used throughout the whole installation, which totals 28,440 individually addressable lights. As far as energy consumption is concerned, when the tubes were tested it was found that each one was using only 15 amps which equals just 3450W, making the installation a low energy, environmentally friendly, and stunning addition to the Manchester landscape. n


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hen Southampton Freight Services decided to move its operations to a new 19,000 sq ft purpose-built facility, there were many factors that needed to be considered including the installation of energy-saving LEDs fittings and lighting controls. Founded in 1988, the family-owned freight forward and logistics company, which provide global services by air, sea, road and international courier, had outgrown the premises it had operated from the last 17 years and its employees were working in cramped conditions. With the need to expand, SFS set its sights on a new converted facility in Totton, Southampton. This included two warehouses, one fully racked for its bonded storage, and the other designed to accommodate its fast moving ‘in transit’ operation. SFS managing director Ross Negus was keen to create a facility that would not only provide an efficient operating space but also a pleasant working environment for his staff.

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Mr Negus and his team worked alongside lighting controls manufacturer, B.E.G., electrical contractor Davison Electrical Services and office fit out company, Space & Solutions, to come up with a design that would allow for expansion, create efficiency and calm, and provide a welcoming environment for clients, partners and suppliers to visit. B.E.G. Business Development Manager, Keith Martindale said: “B.E.G worked in conjunction with other partners to provide a ‘cost efficient’ design that would also fulfil requirements to help with the reduction of energy costs for Southampton Freight Services and provide a comfortable working environment for its employees. This was an exciting project for B.E.G. and we were delighted to see that Ross and his team were very pleased with the results.” A comprehensive site survey was carried out at the facility at Griffin Industrial Park by B.E.G. who developed a lighting control strategy

Tel: 0870 850 5412 that ensured the new facility would be as energy efficient as possible. This meant providing the correct amount of light to the rooms’ requirements, ensuring that lights were only turned on when required and not used inefficiently or unnecessarily. B.E.G. tailored the lighting systems to the specific needs of SFS’s individual spaces after a full investigation of each room’s use, how many employees would be working in these spaces and how much daylight the windows let in. B.E.G. used a range of different sensors depending on the areas. The main office was designed to be open, calm and spacious with a 20 ft container positioned towards the rear which was cleverly converted it into an informal meeting space with a built-in fish tank. This area also housed its special commercial aircraft model collection bringing the air and ocean element of SFS’s business into the design. To emphasise the company’s global coverage, its two glass fronted offices had a map graphic, detailing key cruise destinations from San Francisco, USA, to Shanghai, China, with its SFS ‘sonar’ emanating from Southampton. For the specially designed boardroom, SFG had fitted a 15th anniversary wall


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for your customer – with map converted to wallpaper, and a glass topped boardroom table made from pallets. B.E.G. used Luxomat® PD2 sensors in the office areas and meeting rooms as these environments required an ‘occupancy detector’ that could measure the constant light changes. The B.E.G. sensor is designed to give a ‘constant daylight appraisal’ which provides significant benefits over conventional detectors which are not capable of carrying out these features. Martindale said: “We positioned the B.E.G. sensors near the desk areas so as to utilise the seated figure – the ‘pick-up range’ where the detector is at its most sensitive – which allows it to detect small movements such as when a person is sitting at a computer terminal. “The switching control of the groups of luminaires had to be taken into account as well – the window area would be brighter than the back of the room and during the day would be subject to more daylight influence – so we used B.E.G. sensors that can switch-off the group of luminaires near the window if the light level goes above the threshold selected. “By not using luminaires, if they are not required, assists with saving energy and reducing operating costs. We also

used a Slave to increase the detection area for the main passage area.” In the bathroom areas, stairwells and general workspaces, B.E.G. fitted surface-mounted and flush mounted sensors B.E.G. Luxomat® PD3s as a motion detector was suitable for these types of areas where there was no need for continuous ‘daylight appraisal’. In the main warehouse and racking areas, which featured two containers with ‘Soton Freight’ emblazed on them, B.E.G. used its Luxomat® PD4 range as Martindale explained: “We used PD4s in the area under the mezzanine area as this particular detector has a 24m diameter range as opposed to the PD3 being 10m diameter range. “A bigger area needed to be covered in the general area of the warehouse so we used a different type of PD4 because these motion detectors can be mounted at approximately eight to 10 metres. This detector is specifically designed for warehouse operation and can be used up to heights of 14m so it was ideal.” Mr Negus, SFS managing director, said: “This move was, for our family, the biggest undertaking since we started the business in 1998 and many important factors had to be introduced into the design that were critical to us. “Aesthetically speaking we feel this

was a resounding success and we’re delighted with the end result. But behind the scenes and under the ‘skin’ of the design was our desire to push home energy efficiency, carbon friendliness and overall green credentials. “Working with B.E.G and Space & Solutions, we identified the lighting requirements and they set about planning the physical implementation to provide consistent, good quality lighting, while using the latest technology to ensure our facility was efficient. “The result of LED lighting throughout the warehouses and a mixture of low energy and subtle lighting solutions throughout the rest of the building work perfectly. “I personally felt that the detail B.E.G. provided in applying the correct sensors for each area, with the ability to change each individual setting depending on area usage, and with a mixture lumen, movement or audio sensors was the real cherry on top. We’re absolutely thrilled.”

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Emergency lighting products limited (elp) is a small and focused UK manufacturing company dedicated to providing superior service and products to all customers requiring Emergency Lighting Equipment and Emergency Lighting Conversion services.

Spirit Circuits have great experience in the latest developments in the LED Lighting industry, and are the UK’s leading manufacturers of metal clad PCB’s (MPCB), as well as standard FR4 products. As an independent supplier, we are able to offer advice on material selection, thermal management and most efficient panelisation formats to achieve best material yields.

Arditi UK offers a wide range of electric and electronic components and accessories for lighting; Lampholders, Switches, Plugs, Dimmers, Cord Sets, LED Modules, Power Supplies and Transformers. Catalogues available on request or download from our website.

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BEG Luxomat® is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of occupancy sensors, with the largest range of products available in the UK. The products are easy to install, such as separate mounting plates for the surface products and with our remote control you can set the controls from the ground. With over 30 years in providing sensor solutions for saving energy and providing control, you can be confident that our products will provide the performance that you require.

Launched in 2006, we quickly established ourselves as one of the market leaders in LED ‘retrofit’ lamps. Today, we differentiate ourselves by offering a broad range of high quality products and services at competitive prices, combined with a strong focus on new product development and innovation. TEL: 02380 632 059 EMAIL: WEB:

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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 WEB: ADDRESS: McGann House, Chesham Rd, Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2NT

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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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.

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With over 35 years’ experience, Mackwell has grown to become the leading technology supplier to the global lighting industry. Our experience has helped us develop ties with many major international companies and having a wealth of experience in lighting markets across the World enables us to work closely with our clients to create innovative solutions. TEL: +44 (0)1922 458 255 WEB: ADDRESS: Vigo Place, Aldridge Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8UG, UK




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And the winner is… Hollywood-based lighting grip, Jason Lee Klinger reviews the Bright Shot Luminator LED after on-the-job testing on the sets of two movies


he film industry as a whole is generally a very fickle beast. Scared and slow to change: from silent to sound, from film to digital, or the neverending debate over aspect ratio. The truth is, much like well-worn jeans, once comfortable with a certain technology, any new addition to the wardrobe is going to feel a little stiff, no matter how stylish. This is the challenge that proponents of LED lighting face. No matter how versatile, no matter how efficient, no matter how perfect a particular light might be for a given situation, there is an inherent reluctance to

use a new tool until it has stood the test of time, and is considered tried and true by one’s peers. A bit of a Catch 22, ain’t it? Not really all that fair, but that being said... Light emitting diodes, or LED lighting, despite having been around since the early 60’s, and used in film since at least the early 90’s, is certainly still considered very much the new kid on the block. If you have been to an industry trade show in the last ten years, like it or not, you will have been accosted by their glow, and it is doubtful you could have failed to notice their rise to prominence. From gimmicky gadget to a legitimate tool that now stands poised to become a permanent part of the film painter’s palette, LED is changing the way we think about low power lighting. Having finally decided to give LEDs their long-awaited day in court, the consultant grip and grid group (awesome alliteration), The Scene Snipers offered up their services in the hope of shedding some light on this subject. With two features booked back to back, The Scene Snipers agreed

to put some of the hottest new LED units on the market through the ringer... twice, and report back. They contacted Bright Shot, (an LED lighting design and supply company with houses in both LA and New York) to see if they were up to the challenge… Eager to show their wares, and stir the honey pot of debate, the people at Bright Shot chose to throw the Luminator RGBAW fixtures into the ring as contender. The Bright Shot Luminator RGBAW boasts “3.8 Amps, which allows you to power multiple fixtures off standard 20-amp circuits, while providing a massive maximum output equivalent of a 3000-watt fixture”. Impressive claim. That would then make possible four 3K fixtures, with colour temperatures ranging from 3200k to 6800k, on one circuit! And if you consider the Wireless DMX capabilities built into the fixture.... Ladies and Gentlemen, we may have a winner. But would they perform in the field, as promised on the page? The first feature, Enter The Fist and The Golden Fleece, • M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • 65

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was a stylised action comedy that would see the Luminator used to do everything from large colour swathes on structures for night exteriors, to filling in for spacelights in an overhead softbox situation. Versatile – yes, easy to manage - no. It was with this application, The Scene Snipers would run into one of the biggest drawbacks to the unit. They are bulky and heavy as [anything]. Weighing in at just over 40lbs, they are difficult to rig to a grid as a one-man operation. Not impossible... but difficult. Once the light is rigged in the air, and for the most part fixed, this is where the Luminator really shines. With the aforementioned Wireless DMX capabilities, and a Luminair system provided with the rental, changing looks and programming effects into a scene are as simple as a swipe of the finger. Gone are the days of pulling out a ladder every time you need to tweak a light…. Need a red party gel for mood lighting? Done. Need a little less, or a little more? Done. Need it to be tungsten because the ‘day exterior’ scene just changed to a ‘night interior’ scene? Done. Need the cops to show up, in the middle of a thunderstorm, while you are watching? Done! Overall, the Bright Shots preformed admirably. Line of sight was never an issue, and the range of the system was limited only by the power of the WIFI signal. They are completely silent, and put out no heat when in operation. They consume next to nothing, power-wise, and, true to word, we had no problem stringing four of them into one 20-amp circuit.

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For the next shoot, Cherry Pop, the lights were presented with an entirely new set of challenges - namely, more than 20 pre-set looks in three different stages. The user interface, in conjunction with a Luminair program, made quick work of changing looks in between, and even during, scenes. However, making adjustments manually ‘on the fly’, proved to be a bit of a headache. The manual interface is just not intuitively designed at all. There is no simple ‘enter’ button; instead you must hold down the ‘1’ button on a nondescript telephone-style keypad, mounted into the back of the fixture. Without reading the manual. or being instructed personally, a casual user would have little luck navigating the system. This could be necessary for any number of reasons, most notably, a bad antenna on the unit itself. This little thing would prove to be on of the most obvious design flaws in the Luminator. The antennas that make the wireless DMX compatibility possible are flimsy, and fixed to the exterior of the unit, making L&D more probable than not. Function and versatility are not a problem with the unit; they perform just as advertised. However the aforementioned design flaws, (weight, user interface, and antenna) make it a situation-specific rental in its current state.

With some simple tweaks, which we are assured are in the pipeline, it could become a commonplace fixture in any gaffer’s bag of tricks. The Luminator’s barn doors and lens size are standard, which is great, but the availability of the lenses from the rental house was an additional problem. Full sets of lenses were not available for each fixture, making additional sub-rentals necessary to make the light fully operational. Diehard, Orwellian conspiracy theory electricians will argue that LEDs don’t have, and will never have, the ‘poop’, and write them off. And while it may be true, in their current incarnations, the majority of LED units do not have the punch and throw (which equals ‘poop’) of their traditional tungsten or daylight unit counterparts, that is not to say they are not without their advantages. Power consumption, wireless capability, lack of heat or sound, and of course the range of colour temperatures for a single unit make this light a force to be reckoned with. We are certainly looking forward to future incarnations of the Luminator that promise to be less bulky, and even more user friendly. The folks at Bright Shot are also working on several new prototypes to be demo’ed in the coming year and, in this tumultuous sea of change, we can’t wait to suffer the slings and arrows of all the new LED tech to come. ■

to LED, or not to LED: that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of new technologies, or take arms against a sea of change. And by opposing, be ended by them?” - Knot Shakespeare


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