Archive for February, 2012

Roblon Lighting launch LED options with same light for 75% less consumption

February 23rd, 2012 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Roblon Lighting has launched LED light generators for their collection of fibre optics fittings, which are exclusively available in the UK from Light Projects.  These LED options can offer the same light output as traditional light sources but for 75% less consumption. This makes them a perfect choice for new and retrofit installations where energy-efficient light sources are required together with long lamp life (35,000-50,000 hours). They are also ideal for locations where the preference is for totally silent operation or where little or no heat is generated.


Offered as a genuine alternative to halogen generators, the LED option provides more high quality light for less space, less energy and fewer operating costs. They are available in two ranges – the compact FL500 series for severely restricted spaces, and the FL1000 Series, which is more powerful and uses the Synjet fan system.


Both ranges are available in warm white 3,000K with CRI8 85 making them a popular choice for such applications as decorative lighting, museums, display cases, niches, starry skies effects and saunas.  To make specification easy, all projects are supported with complete photometrics and downloadable IES Files available via the Roblon lux calculator.

Whitegoods Light Meter App Available to Download

February 23rd, 2012 | Latest News | 0 Comments

As any lighting professional knows – you never have a light meter when you want one!

You can now download your free Whitegoods Light Meter App by visiting the App Store and searching for Whitegoods.

Designed by the helpful people at Whitegoods, this cool looking light meter App is simple to use and extremely intuitive.

The App can be set to display results as Lux or Foot-candles, depending on user preference. There is a timer function for those hard to reach spots where you can’t see the display, but you need a reading.

Focus SB puts the spark back into Scottish market

February 23rd, 2012 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Electrical accessories manufacturer Focus SB has appointed a new agent for Scotland following a significant rise in interest for its products north of the border.

Angus Cartwright, Director of Cartwright Lighting Associates, used to run an electrical wholesaler until he sold it six years ago. He made a move into lighting consultancy and then started his own business, as he explains: “We operate throughout Scotland and I am regularly speaking to architects and consultant engineers specifying lighting controls and accessories,” he says. “I see accessories and lighting plates as a key element of a lighting solution and Focus SB manufactures some of the best plates on the market.”

Focus SB make metal and clear acrylic thermoplastic plates used to control multi-room sound and entertainment systems, lighting and heating, and can manufacture any quantity without long lead times, as Angus continues:

“It was this complete bespoke service that led to discussions with Focus SB and our new working partnership. I will be specifying its range for all projects in the future and I am delighted to be working with its products and designers.”

Roger Kemp, Managing Director of Focus SB, says that he is pleased to welcome Angus as a member of the team: “We are sure he will continue to provide the high standard of service that our customers have come to expect, and increase specifiers’ awareness of our products and bespoke capabilities.”

Philips joins The Climate Group’s Clean Revolution campaign

February 23rd, 2012 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Philips Lighting, a world leader in innovative lighting solutions, is the first Corporate Partner to join The Climate Group’s three-year Clean Revolution campaign. The campaign’s main aim is to inspire the world’s decision-makers and enable them to accelerate low carbon economic growth.
The partnership is aimed at speeding up the global switch to LED lighting.  LED lighting offers extraordinary opportunities for significant cuts in energy use and worldwide carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, LED lighting solutions provide important social benefits, such as higher productivity at work, increased road safety, more effective school learning and an enhanced sense of well-being and comfort at home, in buildings and on streets.
A full switch to LED lighting could reduce energy consumption for lighting by 40% worldwide. This translates to approximately 130 billion euros in running costs and 670 million tons of avoided carbon dioxide emissions per year. Furthermore, the switch to LED could cut back the need for capital investment in new electricity generation capacity of over 1 trillion euros – or some 640 power plants.


Marc de Jong, CEO Professional Lighting Solutions, at Philips, said:  “We have joined the Clean Revolution campaign as we believe it is an excellent avenue to further strengthen the case for LED lighting that can lead to dramatic savings in energy and spur low carbon growth, while enhancing people’s feeling of security and comfort on streets, in buildings, and at home. This partnership underlines our commitment as a leading health and well-being company to drive the wave of innovative LED lighting and provide meaningful solutions that improve people’s quality of life.”
Mark Kenber, CEO The Climate Group, said: “We are delighted to have Philips, one of the principal corporations in lighting internationally, as our first Lead Corporate Partner for The Clean Revolution campaign. Over the next three years we will be working with Philips to highlight the opportunity for governments and corporations in investing in the low carbon economy with a focus on expanding the use of what is one of the most promising smart technologies, LEDs.


“In 2010 The Climate Group launched a highly successful and pioneering global program called Lightsavers. This pilot saw ten cities, including Hong Kong, London, New York and Mumbai, utilize LED lighting across public spaces. Our cooperation with Philips will allow us to further highlight the great cost-savings and energy efficiency improvement LEDs provide and catalyze a low carbon transformation in lighting around the world.”

Let there be light – and there was!

February 23rd, 2012 | Latest News | 0 Comments

CIBSE, in conjunction with the Society of Light and Lighting, hosted the ‘Let there be Light’ lighting workshop at St Mary Redcliffe church in Bristol on the 2nd of February 2012.

Over 30 participants, including Architects, Engineers, Lighting Designers, Contractors and students from the Bartlett School of Architecture, competed in four teams to produce the best lit effect for the theme “Light is Evolution”.

The evening began with drinks and canapés at the Mercure Holland House, adjacent to the church, with a highly entertaining presentation from church historian Cecile Gillard. Attendees were then split into four teams, for the evenings challenge. Each team was given a selection of different light fittings supplied by Erco, iGuzzini and One Eighty Light. They were then given one hour to come up with a winning lighting solution.

Judge, Paul Ruffles, Fellow and Past President of the Society of Light and Lighting and Principal at Lighting Design and Technology, commented that “It was a great opportunity for lighters to wander around with all sorts and sizes of light and see exactly what they could do on a real building – much more intuitive than even the best computer rendering!”


Cree Joins Forces with League of Green Embassies

February 22nd, 2012 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Cree, Inc. has announced participation in a series of energy efficiency renovations across U.S. Embassies in Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Madrid and Lisbon. The installation of energy-efficient interior and exterior LED lighting by Cree is part of a visionary program spearheaded by the Alliance to Save Energy and The League of Green Embassies, a U.S. Department of State initiative to promote international cooperation in energy efficiency and clean technology.


The range of LED lighting products being installed at each residence varies according to its unique needs. The energy savings for these installations as compared to the old lighting ranges from 45 percent to 76 percent, which can have significant economic impact due to the cost of electricity in these locations. Older, energy-wasting lighting is being replaced with energy-efficient LED lighting in security lighting, indoor lighting, area lighting, walkway lighting and parking lot and roadway lighting.


“The goal of the League of Green Embassies is to make each participating embassy as energy efficient as possible and to use these embassies as platforms for showcasing U.S. energy innovation technologies and products,” said Bruce J. Oreck, U.S. Ambassador to Finland. “We want to encourage companies to create and showcase for a global market the latest technologies that reduce energy waste and lower costs.”


The League of Green Embassies was established to advance the 2007 Presidential mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. government buildings; to demonstrate the capabilities of U.S. products and technologies to the world market; and to increase the exports of U.S. products and services in line with the National Export Initiative.


“Embassies are a great vehicle to showcase U.S. innovation and influence global commercial and industrial organizations to take action, consume less energy and advance energy efficiency,” said Greg Merritt, vice president corporate marketing, Cree. “Cree is excited to be part of the League’s initiative and to provide the embassies with Cree® high-performance, energy-efficient interior and exterior LED lighting.”


A1 Buyers Guide OUT NOW!!

February 21st, 2012 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The eagerly anticipated A1 Buyers Guide is now available!!

A1 Buyers Guide is a fresh new approach to the Lighting and Retail industry! This is an attractive A5 booklet full with topical advertorials covering both the Lighting and Retail industry, bound on the shorter edge. Published annually, A1 Buyers Guide will be available at various trade shows across the UK and the world.

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Exhibition Set to Illuminate Canary Wharf

February 20th, 2012 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Exciting new pieces from Wendy Allan Design are soon to be shown at Canary Wharf. These pieces defy simple definition but suggest unlimited applications.

The illuminated tubes of intensely coloured, hand-dyed, hand-rolled silk, strengthened with resin and fibreglass, alternate with a wall-mounted light box – just two of the many possible applications of the process.  Artist Wendy Allan believes the potential of the medium to be limitless.

She says: “I am passionate about light and colour and excited by the idea of manipulating them into a variety of end products. The medium is infinitely versatile, and the production process ensures the individuality of every piece.”

The pieces are equally applicable to a commercial or a domestic setting.  They can make dramatic and stunning statements in clubs, office environments and hotel settings. In the domestic environment they can produce a spectacular addition to the children’s bedroom or playroom.  Conversely, it can conjure up a magical, sexy, intimate mood for a boudoir effect.  As functional art this could provide a fantastic focal point in any space in your home.

WAD lights are also available to hire for special events like weddings, birthdays or parties where they can create a dazzling and uplifting ambience or a cosy and comforting atmosphere.

The exhibition is at Windows Gallery, Public Art, Canada Walk, Canary Wharf and runs from Saturday, February 25 to Friday, April 28, 2012.

Photography by Jamie Woodley.


TCP Lighting makes two senior appointments

February 20th, 2012 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Technical Consumer Products (TCP) has made two senior appointments as part of its European expansion plans.


The US-based supplier and manufacturer of compact fluorescent (CFL), halogen and LED light bulbs, has appointed Sven Mermans as its managing director in southern Europe and Maud Perchenet as its business development manager for France.


Sven Mermans joins TCP from Philips where, as General Manager for the last seven years, he was in charge of several start-up and business integration projects in Ireland, the UK and Russia. Sven has also held senior management positions in sales and marketing roles in the lighting industry.


As the new managing director of TCP’s southern European operation, Sven, who will be based in Paris, France, will be responsible for putting in place a new organisation and building market share for TCP in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece.


Another appointment for TCP’s European operation is Maud Perchenet, who becomes business development manager for France. With over a decade of experience in the lighting industry, Maud has held roles such as Business Development and General Management for major companies, including Philips Lighting and Traxon Technologies, an Osram Company.


Operating from the Paris, France office, Maud will work with the TCP team to establish and develop a broad customer base across the country.


The European appointments follow the recent recruitment of Vic Harasimow, who became the UK based national sales manager for TCP, taking responsibility for not only growing new business and market share in the UK, but also in the Nordic region.


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