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Light + Building 2018 trains its sights on safety and security technology

July 20th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The great expertise of the house and building automation product segments is to be brought together with power-led safety and security technology in Hall 9.1 for the first time at Light + Building 2018. This will create a focal point, a centre for integrated building-services technology, which offers visitors a complete overview of the entire spectrum of house and building automation, as well as electric safety and security technology. Enriching the new location will be a special show entitled ‘SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings’ and the Intersec Forum, which will be held concurrently with the fair on two days.
Thanks to its interdisciplinary system technology, house and building automation is setting future-oriented standards and plays a leading role – in the market and at Light + Building. Building automation systems control, regulate and measure all important components and plant, and interlink all technical systems of a building. As an integrating element of building-services technology, these systems also have a key function of great significance with respect to energy-efficient building operation and modernisation. In turn, building safety and security is an important aspect of smart building-services technology in both the commercial and residential sectors. Increasingly, safety and security systems are being integrated with other aspects of building-services technology. Light + Building reflects this development by spotlighting integrated building-services technology, especially electric safety and security technology and building automation, as part of the concept embracing both energy and water.
To supplement the products and services being shown by the exhibitors, a special show entitled ‘SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings’ will be held at the coming Light + Building. It will give visitors insights into how innovative technical solutions can make a building more economically efficient and take account of the individual users’ needs. In distinction to the exhibitors’ presentations, the special show will take three specific applications (hotel – office – industry) and blend all aspects from the point of view of security and user interfaces.
Illustrated by a variety of future-oriented technologies, SECURE! will show the opportunities and potential applications offered by increasing digitalisation in the field of building-automation technology. To this end, various sub-systems will be linked together to demonstrate the inter-operability of the technologies in live operation.
The special exhibition will take the form of a spacious entrance area and welcome visitors to Hall 9.1. Via an information area, visitors move to the activity area where they can see live technological demonstrations. Further into the hall, the exhibitors’ stands will give visitors the chance to find out about the individual products and solutions in detail. The combination of exhibitors, products and special exhibition will give visitors a comprehensive overview of the fields of house and building automation, as well as power-led safety and security technology.

CoeLux to take part in the World’s first biophilic design research project

July 19th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) have launched The Biophilic Office project- a ground-breaking office refurbishment project that will provide quantified evidence on the benefits of biophilic design on health, well-being and productivity of office occupants.

The project centres on a 650m2 1980s office building on the BRE campus in Watford, which will be refurbished according to biophilic design principles.

BRE are partnering with architect and interior designer Oliver Heath, who will lead on the design element of the refurbished building.

A host of founding core partners are involved to bring their industry expertise into the project including CoeLux.

CoeLux is a ground breaking optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky in spaces that are deprived of natural light, creating the sensation of infinite space. The unique CoeLux lighting systems reproduce the true effect of natural sunlight entering through the opening in the integrated ceiling, with a realistic sun perceived at infinite distance surrounded by clear deep blue sky. Objects shine in the exceptional light casting sharp sky-blue shadows.

The result is achieved thanks to the comprehensive work carried on by an interdisciplinary team of researchers in the field of optical physics, numerical modelling, chemistry, material science, architecture and design.

Prof. Paolo Di Trapani, the company founder and CEO says “CoeLux lighting systems reproduce a virtual experience of the sun and sky; especially in a below-ground environment, the effect is so powerful that it may radically change our perception of reality. It allows us to rediscover natural light in the real world in a totally new and surprising way”.

Other partners in the Biophilic Office project are:

Interface – global manufacturer of modular flooring

Biotecture – designer & supplier of living wall systems

Akzo Nobel – global paints and coatings company

Plessey – innovative lighting and ECG sensing technologies

Royal Ahrend – professional work environments, furniture products and services

Ecophon – acoustic products and systems for working environments

GVA – real estate & project management solutions

Each of the partners will be using the office and its test facilities in the project to evaluate their products’ role in promoting the health and wellbeing of office occupants and for wider biophilic design.

Each of the partners will be using the office and its test facilities in the project to evaluate their products’ role in promoting the health and wellbeing of office occupants and for wider biophilic design.

The project will show how quantified improvements in productivity and wellness can bring rewards for landlords, occupiers, developers and all those concerned with the office and wider built environment” says Ed Suttie, Research Director at BRE. “Researchers will carry out a baseline year of pre-refurbishment and a year of post-refurbishment monitoring, evaluating the office environment for daylight, lighting, indoor air quality, acoustic, thermal and humidity comfort. Office occupants will undergo confidential health evaluations, and sign up to a series of online questionnaires and surveys. They will use wearable technology to monitor key health metrics.”

This comprehensive and long-term study is unique in terms of scale and data capture. It will provide a firm foundation for guidance and adoption of measures in the facilities management and refurbishment sectors to promote health and wellbeing in offices.

A design strategy will be developed including tiers of interventions in zones within the office. The products used will also undergo laboratory evaluation to establish whether a health and wellbeing potential can be quantified at product level.

Partnership with English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur

July 17th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Zumtobel Group named official lighting partner for new Tottenham Hotspur stadium

Zumtobel Group has been announced as the official lighting partner for the new North London stadium of English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur.

Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur has commissioned the Zumtobel Group to design and develop the lighting across its new stadium including player facilities, seating bowl, circulation concourse and the extensive façade. Scheduled to open in 2018, the state-of-the-art sporting venue will also play host to NFL American Football games, music concerts and a range of other events Tottenham Hotspur, known to many simply as “Spurs”, have set themselves the goal of creating a unrivalled fan experience inside its stunning 61,559 seater stadium, the largest of any football club inLondon. The Club is therefore committed to making maximum use of modern technology and the latest in innovation. The same principle naturally applies to the lighting solution, as the right blend of vertical and horizontal lighting is an essential part of any successful stadium.

With the Zumtobel Group, Spurs has chosen a partner who can call on its acdc, Reiss, Thorn, Tridonic and Zumtobel brands, as well as Zumtobel Group Services, to deliver sophisticated and intelligent lighting solutions.

The Zumtobel Group has extensive expertise when it comes to illuminating stadiums and realising large and complex projects. Thorn, a brand of the Zumtobel Group, was responsible for lighting the Geoffroy Guichard Stadium in Saint Étienne, the “Stadium of Light” in Lyon and the Alliance Riviera Stadium in Nice for the 2016 European Football Championships in France. Such a comprehensive product portfolio means that the Zumtobel Group is well equipped to offer cutting-edge intelligent lighting solutions for London’s next great arena.

Matthew Collecott, Director of Operations, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “Zumtobel Group is a leading supplier of integrated lighting solutions and we are delighted to announce them as a key supplier for the stadium project. We have every confidence in their ability to deliver a world-class lighting system as part of one of the most atmospheric and technologically advanced stadiums in the world.”

Paul Coggins, SVP Northern Europe, Zumtobel Group, was similarly enthusiastic: “We are very pleased to be able to illuminate the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium with our product solutions and to help shape the fan experience through our lighting. This project offers us the opportunity to take full advantage of our multi-brand strategy and to demonstrate our expertise in the development of innovative lighting solutions for large-scale venues and projects.”

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LUX-TSI announces strengthening of long-term collaboration with British Standards Institution (BSI) in the Lighting Sector

July 14th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

LUX-TSI and the BSI Group (British Standards Institution) announce a strengthening of their long-term collaboration in the Lighting Sector by announcing that LUX-TSI has become  a Platinum Member of the BSI Associate Consultant Programme which will allow customers to benefit from continued investment in technical expertise in LED Lighting technology and compliance services.   This adds to the collaboration already established with the approval of LUX-TSI as a BSI associate laboratory in 2015, covering the lighting and road traffic equipment markets, both of which are undergoing transformation with the introduction of LEDs.

The agreement reflects the commitment of LUX-TSI, an LED test and compliance expert, to provide UK lighting manufacturers with the confidence enabled by a trusted end to end service for compliance of products through the combination of LUX-TSI and BSI offerings.  We are proud to be supporting the British Standards Institution Kitemark™, the world wide symbol demonstrating high levels of quality and safety of electrical and other products.

Dr Gareth Jones, CEO of LUX-TSI commented “This agreement further reinforces the position of LUX-TSI as the leading trusted provider of technical consulting, testing and compliance management services in partnership with BSI certification activities within the lighting industry and we are proud to continue to be associated with BSI to enable the sector to prosper and growth confidence in the UK and international markets.  Our approach to global market access can only be effective with the global support from world leading certification providers like BSI.”

Greg Childs, Certification Team Manager from the UK standards organization concluded, “With this agreement and relationship, LUX-TSI continues to be a strong partner and continues to meet the exacting standards required by BSI for the carefully selected organizations that we work with. The enlarging of our relationship will mean we can now have a unique trusted approach in offering testing and certification services to the lighting industry including the prestigious BSI Kitemark and global market access coverage.”

For further information, please contact Dr Gareth Jones by calling +44 (0)1656 864618 or emailing  We are always happy to help where we can.”


July 14th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

This is an essential requirement for certain lighting products to support the declaration of conformity required to legitimately add a CE mark a lighting product.

As the UK’s largest independent ISO 17025 test laboratory dedicated to lighting and an ISO 17065 (product certification) National Certification Body, the LIA Laboratory is committed to staying at the forefront of technologicalLIA advances and as such we can offer a range of fast and affordable EMC services.

Whether you just want a quick check, one mode one voltage, the full test for one mode one voltage or testing with dimming function one voltage we have the test for you.

With costs starting at £700 the LIA Laboratory can ensure that you receive the best service possible.

A one stop shop for all lighting related services. Providing you with the support you will need in overcoming market constraints, reducing risk and demonstrate the safety and conformity required by relevant legislation and regulation.

For more information on your EMC testing or your CE Mark commitments please contact Rich or Billie on 01952 290907 or email

Also take a look at the FREE LIA Technical Statement, written by our technical experts covering the Essential requirements for lighting products under the CE Mark


Black To The Future

July 13th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Lighting and visual innovators Painting with Light were approached to design a special feature for the current ‘Black To The Future’ art exhibition, which is being organised by art collective Het Labo and staged at the C-MINE cultural centre in Genk, Belgium.

The environment is a redeveloped coal mine once the pulse of local industry, now tastefully restored and again serving the community meaningfully as a cultural centre and creative hub for media and tech-related companies and the LUCA School of Arts.

The Het Labo logo is a lighthouse … so, it was a no-brainer for Luc Peumans and his Painting with Light team, who decided to imagine a ‘real’ lighthouse utilizing a high-powered beam luminaire and one of the two former mine head elevator shafts that still dominate the C-MINE site.

A Vari*Lite VL6000 Beam was chosen to deliver the power and projection needed to make the installation impressively high-impact.

The luminaire was specified by Luc himself and is positioned on top of the tallest of the two mine heads, 63 metres in the air. The fixture was supplied by Belgian Vari*Lite distributor Face, who were very happy to partner with Painting with Light for the project.

The beacon-like VL6K Beam is perfect for the application and can be seen for many miles around on a clear night, adding interest, attracting people to check out the expo … and prompting numerous chats via social media channels!

The luminaire has a large 14” front aperture and utilizes an exclusive new Philips ellipsoid reflector array system to produce a unique retro style searchlight effect with a tight, intense, high-output collimated shaft of light at 6.5°.

As well as needing to be bright and punchy, the light had to be easily portable enough for two people to carry all the way up the access stairs and secure it at the top of the mine shaft!

The project is being managed for Painting with Light by Wouter Verhulst.

The VL6000 was programmed by Painting with Light’s Jeroen Opsteyn using a grandMA2 Wing, and the show is played back each night by an ELC showSTORE controller that automatically activates the lighthouse beam at 10 p.m., and turns it off again at 2 a.m.

The Black To The Future exhibition runs for the whole of July, featuring the work of over 100 international artists from different disciplines … and involving the colour black!

The metaphorical connections between the exhibition theme and the coal mining heritage of the area has brought an extra resonance to the project, and apart from this, the Painting with Light team is also very pleased to be working on another art related project.

“Art is an inspiring creative area and we love working on projects like this, where our specific field of art can be used to highlight, combine, contrast and be symbiotic with other forms and media” commented Luc, adding, “It’s also an amazing experience to see the mine shaft being energized in this contemporary context”.

This also follows on from Painting with Light’s work at this year’s Venice Biennale, where Luc has created a lighting scheme for ‘Protected Paradise’, a striking, 12 metre high, mixed media installation created by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen.

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 Photos : courtesy Painting with Light

RICOMAN Launch A Brand New Website

July 12th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

RICOMAN are excited to announce that their new and refreshed website is now live. The updated site includes style and structural changes which they hope will improve your experience on their website.

RICOMAN have listened to their customers and redesigned their website with the customer at the centre. The refreshed design includes a new navigation on both desktop and mobile version which they hope will be a lot easier to use. They have also redesigned the product pages so that the key information about each product is easily visible in a crisper aesthetic. Also, there is nowricoman a contact form at the bottom of every product page in addition to an online chat facility therefore if you can’t find what you need they are only a click away from getting you the answer.

All the staff at RICOMAN are really excited about the direction the company is heading and they hope their new website can help promote the services they provide of lighting manufacture, lighting design, and lighting solutions. They now have an ‘Applications’ section – this section has a breakdown of some of the sectors of lighting RICOMAN have assisted others in; if you’d like to know more about what RICOMAN can do, then they invite you to get in touch as they are always happy to help in any way they can. The News and other resources are still available, and only a single click away.

Ricoman have also created a host of new graphics, published a gallery’s worth of images, and included a few updates that have made the site easier to use.

Ricoman hope you find the new website fresh easier for you to navigate; they say they have worked hard to make sure it contains valuable and relevant information to assist you with lighting needs.


Hamilton welcomes new Regional Specification Manager, Wayne Pinnell

July 12th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

As part of Hamilton Litestat’s continued investment into future business growth and development, it has appointed Wayne Pinnell as Regional Specification Manager for South Wales and the South west.hamilton

Wayne joins the company with over 30 years’ experience in the sales industry, having worked for the likes of MK Electric and Siemens. His last role was Regional Sales Manager at Crabtree, where he spent 15 years developing the brand and increasing business amongst specifiers, consultants, electrical contractors and wholesalers in the south west region.

“I am looking forward to joining such a fast-growing UK manufacturer,” said Wayne. “It’s an exciting time to be promoting Hamilton’s range of high quality, competitive products and support the business that has expanded to become a one-stop shop. With its recent growth, the right people, products and support, I think Hamilton is set for fantastic, profitable growth over the coming years. I’m looking forward to being a team player and driving this within the south west.”

The electrical wiring accessories company has recently undergone a major restructuring programme and range expansion, with its specification team across the country growing to support these developments.

Lutron Electronics Announces Call for Entries for 15th Annual Excellence Awards Competition

July 12th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Lutron Electronics today announced the call for entries for its annual Excellence Awards competition. The competition recognizes the world’s best total home control projects using Lutron lighting, shade and temperature controls integrated with third-party products. More than 100 of Lutron’s residential system providers have been honored since the competition was founded in 2003.

“Over the past 15 years, our customers have shared their best implementation of Lutron lighting and shade controls – everything from condos and multi-dwelling units, to palaces, yachts and farms. This competition has given us a view into some of the most impressive projects in the world,” said Michael Smith, Vice-President of Sales at Lutron.

To enter, submit a description of the project, including unique challenges and homeowner requests, along with a 60-second video (or up to 10 photos). Entrants are encouraged to focus their entries on the following topics:

  1. Essence of Pleasance
  2. Use of RadioRA® 2
  3. Use of HomeWorks® QS
  4. Integration with a security system
  5. Energy-saving applications
  6. Integration with third-party equipment
  7. Use of Sivoia® Qs shading and drapery solutions
  8. Use of Sivoia® QS Triathlon battery powered shades
  9. Use of lighting and shading in trophy/specialty rooms
  10. Best integration of voice control with Lutron products
  11. Use of High Performance LED Fixtures and control of all LED sources

Smith added, “Special consideration will be given to video entries, which allow you to show and tell your story in the best light.”

A panel of independent judges will select the winning projects in mid-August and winners will be announced on Thursday, September 7th, during the CEDIA Expo in San Diego, California. Winners will receive a crystal award, recognition on and in a press release, and a winner’s logo to use on their marketing materials and website.

Visit for a complete list of rules and requirements, and to enter. All entries must be submitted via the online portal and received by 11:59 EST on Monday, July 31st.

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