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Solar street light from Zeta wins prestigious award

February 8th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Zeta Specialist Lighting has scooped a prestigious Elektra award, recognising its innovation and achievements in developing sustainable, intelligent solar-powered lighting systems.

The Bicester-based developer and manufacturer of LED and solar-powered lighting solutions was judged an outright winner in the 2017 Elektra Awards. Zeta’s Solis Nano street and area light, which combines the firm’s SolisPole, an innovative system specifically designed to capture and store solar power, with its SmartScape Nano LED luminaire, received the ‘Renewable Energy Design Award’ within the Product Technologies category.

This versatile solar lighting solution includes technologically advanced photovoltaic cells that are incorporated into the frame of the pole and mounted vertically to provide a unique solution for optimum solar capture. Zeta’s intelligent Energy Management System optimises energy capture and continually monitors the maintenance-free batteries’ condition to ensure year-round reliability. A PIR motion sensor can also be integrated to further conserve energy.

The Solis Nano utilises Cree COB (chip-on-board) LED technology, ensuring superior lumen output, lumen maintenance, efficiency and even light distribution. Featuring silicone lens technology and offering five lens options, the Solis Nano provides a range of beam angles to accommodate varying customer requirements.

Managing Director Adrian Dennis said: “Solar-powered LED solutions address a number of key issues currently front of mind for clients in both the public and private sectors – the need to reduce energy consumption and lower environmental impact, as well as the requirement to remove the cost and time constraints associated with laying cabling for mains-powered lights. With the recent advances in lumen output made by Cree, we have been able to harness our expertise in solar technology to develop cutting-edge solutions to light up residential roads and streets.”

Zeta’s CEO Phil Shadbolt added: “We have been designing and developing LED and solar-powered solutions for almost three decades and are extremely proud to have received this prestigious award recognising our innovation.”


Need help getting your energy saving lighting installation off the ground?

February 5th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

A survey from The Grocer’s 2015 Switch the Lights campaign suggests that retail businesses aim to have at least 80% of total floor space lit by LEDs by 2020. And 85% of companies who have changed, said that switching to LED lighting had resulted in “highly beneficial” or “beneficial” savings to maintenance budgets.

Upgrading lighting in non-domestic premises offers a huge energy and cost saving opportunities, can you afford to miss out?

To help maximise the transition to energy saving lighting for non-domestic premises a number of workshops are being held as part of the European initiative Premium Light Pro funded by  Horizon 2020.

As partners with Premium Light Pro, the Energy Saving Trust lead these workshops and offer the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced trainers in the lighting community.

The Lighting Industry Academy is pleased to provide the expertise and venue, for the first of these workshops.

Titled Premium Light Pro – Right Light, Right Place, Right Time the workshop will be held on the 15 February 2018 at the LIA Telford and covers:

  • An introduction to LED lighting and controls, and the savings possible
  • Understanding technical jargon and manufacturer data sheets
  • Design: the right light in the right place at the right time, and how best to use daylight
  • Procurement, quality, cost, and performance claims
  • Project funding information

The day is targeted at the SME sector, and relevant for Architects, Planners, Installers, ESCOs, Building Managers, Energy Specialists /auditors/consultants, and business owners/ decision makers.

Places are limited to ensure delegates get the most out of the day, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to come to the Academy and learn from the best in the industry.

Premium Light Pro – Right Light, Right Place, Right Time
Date: 15 February 2018
Venue: Lighting Industry Academy, Telford
Time: 9:30 – 16:30
Cost: £49 +VAT

More information can be found at


February 2nd, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

P4 Limited has announced that founder, Peter Warner, very sadly suddenly passed away on the 8th January following a suspected heart attack.  A well-known and respected figure in the UK emergency lighting Industry, Peter had set up P4 in 1989 with wife Maureen (Mo), who was with him at the time of his death.

Together Peter and Mo, later with assistance from son Rob, had overseen the growth of P4 to become the largest independent self-testing emergency lighting specialist in the UK.

Rob Warner continues as Managing Director of P4, the role in which he has very successfully operated since appointment in 2006.

Peter actively continued as CEO of P4 until controlling interest was sold to Swiss emergency lighting manufacturing group Polynom AG in September 2016.

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Harvard Technology secures investment to boost growth

February 1st, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Harvard Technology, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacture of smart lighting solutions, which in 2018 will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, has announced investment from ECI Partners and serial investor Brian Davidson, who has a proven track record of leading companies that can deliver significant growth.

Speaking about the investment, Mr. Davidson said: “I am extremely excited by the capabilities of the business. It is a company with excellent potential, having remained a leading innovator in a very competitive lighting sector for many years. We want to build on the history of innovation and reputation for delivering quality products and solutions, whilst driving the business forward.”

“With the new investment there will be a cultural shift back to the company’s core values, with a particular focus on working closely with our customers to develop high specification LED, power and wireless connected lighting solutions, delivered with  straightforward great service.”

“What you get with Harvard Technology is the full package – leading edge technologies, great brands and a fantastic team of people. I am very much looking forward to getting to know our customers and re-focusing on our core values.”

“Over the course of its 25-year history the company has become synonymous with innovation, launching a number of market leading products and solutions including LeafNut, CoolLED drivers, EyeNut and more recently the well-received CoolLED Pro range – the next generation of the best-selling CoolLED range, which has achieved 9 million units sold worldwide.”

Since being established in 1993, Harvard Technology has adopted a customer-focused approach to operations, has refined its service offering and is well on the way to meeting ambitious goals to deliver on time delivery targets of over 95% to service customers.

A dedication to delivering such high standards, and meeting the needs of customers, has also seen the company recently recommended for the BS EN ISO 9001:2015 standard. This benchmark is awarded to organisations who demonstrate the highest quality and management standards across all areas of their business.

Current chief executive officer, Paul Hussey and chief finance officer Richard Paul will be leaving the company from 31st January.

Mr. Davidson, commented: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank both Paul and Richard for their hard work over the past two and a half years, as well as for the important role they played in working to secure the new investment. We wish them both the best for the future.”

MSC Meraviglia Cruise Ship Boasts Efficient Elation LED Lighting Package

January 31st, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Elation know-how in cruise ship market key for installer Audio Effetti and client MSC Cruises

The MSC Meraviglia is a new-generation mega-ship and the first of a new fleet of high-tech cruise ships that MSC Cruises is launching over the next decade. Built by STX France at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, the 5,700-passenger capacity cruiser is outfitted with the latest in cutting-edge technology, including a large energy-efficient Elation Professional LED lighting package used in the ship’s entertainment and relaxation areas.

For several years, Audio Effetti S.r.l. of Genova, Italy, has collaborated closely with both the technical department of MSC Cruises and the renowned engineering design studio CM by Claudio Mazzucchelli. The latter was commissioned by MSC to define and optimise the technical equipment on board. “We have worked with MSC for years as a partner in the research and supply of the most suitable solutions and products to meet the strict naval requirements in lighting, video and audio technologies on board cruise ships. Therefore, it was only natural they involved us from the beginning,” stated Roberto Villa, Product Specialist at Audio Effetti. The established synergies as well as the high level of professionalism and competence of these three companies have resulted in two splendid and innovative ships: MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside.

Strict selection criteria

In such a competitive industry, exceeding passenger expectations is crucial. One of the most important ways of doing that is by using intelligent lighting systems to enhance on board entertainment and dress the public areas of a ship in enhancing color and effect. The MSC Meraviglia project is the first MSC cruise ship on which such a large amount of Elation products have been chosen and installed. This is a significant milestone since each type of product was carefully evaluated and passed the very strict selection criteria imposed by studio CM with regard to level of reliability, energy efficiency, type of technology used, maintenance and service procedures, etc.

The list of fixtures includes ZCL 360i™ and ACL 360i™ beam effect lights, ACL 360 Bar™ moving bar effects, Arena Q7 Zoom™ Par lights, Colour 5 Profile™ ellipsoidal spots, DW Fresnel™ white lights, ELAR 108 PAR RGBW™ Par lights, Rayzor Q12Z™ wash lights, Rayzor Q7™ moving head wash/beam fixtures, SixPar 200IP™ and SixPar Z19 IP™ outdoor rated Par lights, TVL1000-II™ white light LED array panels and TVL CYC RGBW™ cyclorama wall wash lights.

“Elation was chosen because of its know-how in this particular sector,” Villa comments, referring to Elation’s experience in supplying lighting for cruise ships the world over, including Royal Caribbean fleets and the world’s largest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas. “The unquestionable quality level of the products present in the catalogue, the availability of products dedicated to outdoor use, also with ‘marine grade’ specifications, and the extensive choice of LED solutions available were all key factors.”

Green technology

That last point was not just important; it was a mandate from MSC Cruises, which Studio CM subsequently paid particular attention to. “The owner’s primary request was to set up the ship and all its areas with the most modern and green technologies available, which meant LED solutions for the lighting,” Villa said. “Since Elation is a market leader when it comes to using these very high-level technologies, it was not difficult to convince designers and the ship owner that Elation was the right partner.”

The benefits to switching from incandescent to LED are marked and especially relevant to cruise ships. Villa mentions two main advantages for choosing LED for MSC Meraviglia. First is energy savings. The second, and the most important reason according to Villa, is a substantial decrease (almost elimination) of the maintenance required on the lighting fixtures, which translates to substantial savings over the lifetime of the ship. Using an LED system also means less cabling and no dimmers to contend with.

Public areas

The Elation lighting is used in several public areas of the ship – mainly in the Promenade (40 ZCL360i), Broadway Theatre (Colour 5 Profile), Atrium (ACL 360 BAR), Children’s Area (ZCL 360i, ACL 360 Bar), Karaoke | TV Studio (DW Fresnel, Rayzor Q7, TVL 1000 II, TVL CYC RGBW, ZCL 360i, ACL 360 Bar), Lounge (ZCL 360i, Rayzor Q7, ACL 360 Bar), discos, pool deck (where products with marine-grade specifications have been highly appreciated), as well as various halls dedicated to entertainment activities. The ship’s main reception hall also benefits from Elation lights, where designers from Studio CM have fully exploited the potential of both Elation static and automated products to create enticing atmospheres that vary depending on the time of day.

Support and teamwork

It almost goes without mentioning that support and team work on such a large project is crucial for a successful result, something that Villa and his team at Audio Effetti appreciate well. “The support we receive from Elation is always positive,” Villa says. “We mainly work with Frederik Afif and Nancy De Lang at Elation and we know that the team around them is always there to support us whether for a large-scale project like a cruise ship, for a smaller project, or for a large exhibition such as Music Inside Rimini 2017 where Audio Effetti had an impressive stand and remarkable live stage with plenty of Elation products.”

MSC Meraviglia is currently sailing the Mediterranean, calling on ports in Barcelona, Marseilles, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valletta. A sister ship, the MSC Seaside, also recently set sail with a large scenic and architainment lighting package specified by MSC Cruises, Audio Effetti and Studio CM , the vast majority of which is Elation Professional products.

Elation equipment:

54 x ZCL 360i™

50 x ACL 360 Bar™

26 x SixPar 200IP™

12 x SixPar Z19 IP™

12 x Colour 5 Profile™8 x ACL 360i™

8 x Arena Q7 Zoom™

10 x Rayzor Q12Z™

8 x Rayzor Q7™

8 x ELAR 108 PAR RGBW™

4 x DW Fresnel™

4 x TVL1000-II™


6 x eNode 8 Pro™

2 x EWDMXR – Wireless DMX Receiver

1 x EWDMXT – Wireless DMX Transmitter

6 x HedgeHog 4E

14 x Opto Branch 8/5 – DMX Splitter

6 x DM-2512R – DMX Merger

3 x DR-PRO Rack


January 30th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

GLP ended 2017 by establishing a further territorial base, with the announcement of GLP Russia. This provides a further strategic GLP base on the world map, with a tried and trusted professional lighting team at the helm.

Mikhail Kuznetsov, Anton Anufriev and Elena Zhulidova have been in the business for more than 15 years, having started in the lighting department of prominent Russian distributor, A&T Trade. Here they were responsible for overseeing premier lighting brands, including GLP from 2008.

From 2010 they were employed in the office of another lighting manufacturer, but when the Moscow subsidiary closed in 2016 the team concentrated their efforts on building a new distribution company, seeking out new partners to expand the brand portfolio and diversify the business.

They immediately saw great potential in reuniting with GLP, attracted by the impressive growth in sales and portfolio of the German company during the intervening period.

Stated (Mikhail Kuznetsov: “The opportunity to partner again with GLP was too good to miss. We are an ambitious team, and working alongside GLP will enable us increase market share right across the field of professional lighting.”

“This experienced team has much to offer,” responded GLP MD, Udo Künzler. “They have a professional structure, with an established system of sales channels in different market segments, perfect knowledge of the Russian and the CIS markets, experience in working towards brand building in all the aspects. Another powerful advantage is the service centre for resolving warranty and non-warranty issues, as well as a perfect logistic system — just to name a few.”

And the final word came from Sven Heindl, EMEA Business Development, GLP. “We are fully committed to supporting GLP Russia,” he said. “Thanks to the team’s proven track record we now have a strong base in this ‘sixth part of the world’; in a ‘people’ business it’s vital that the end user is supported by a knowledgeable team that they already know.

Headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany, GLP now has dedicated offices in Hong Kong (GLP Asia Ltd.), USA (GLP Inc.), the UK (GLP UK Ltd.) and Sweden (GLP Nordic), as well as numerous distributors worldwide.

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January 30th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

It seems only natural that Mackwell becomes a Lighting Industry Academy Ambassador. Cementing its long established relationship with the LIA, as our annual sponsor of The Mackwell Student of the Year Awards for the LIA Certificate Course.

The LIA Certificate Course provides an excellent grounding in lighting technical knowledge and is attended each year by students from across the full spectrum of the lighting supply chain from lighting manufacturers, contractors to electrical distributors and has proven to be the catalyst for many long and very successful careers in the lighting industry.

Not only embodying the philosophy of the Academy, the course also aligns itself with Mackwell, respected not only one of the leading providers of technology solutions for the global lighting industry. Mackwell also practice the core principles of the importance of knowledge and training.

They have supported the Investors in People management standard since 1991 and continue to value the importance of knowledge and training.

As a home for learning and career development, the Academy adopts a collaborative approach, providing a central point of access for lighting related learning and assurance of a consistent quality.

Becoming an ambassador allows major industry players, such as Mackwell, who are passionate about educating the lighting community the opportunity to take a leading role.

As the technology of our industry evolves it is imperative that talented new recruits are attracted to join the key players and seek the opportunities to develop careers within them and the Academy is working to achieve this with the enthusiasm and support of our Ambassadors.

More information can be found at

Klaasen Lighting Design partners with Gooee as IoT changes the way lighting projects are specified

January 29th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Klaasen Lighting Design (KLD), which has offices in Singapore, Perth, Shanghai and Jakarta, has entered into a partnership agreement with US based data platform provider Gooee.

KLD has built a solid international reputation in architectural lighting with a focus on premium hospitality, corporate, commercial retail and urban residential projects in the Asia Pacific region. Additional services for the entertainment lighting industry and electrical lighting design are offered in support of their projects. The need for smart, sustainable and connected lighting systems (IoT) and lighting for well-being (circadian lighting) together with new demands towards Light-as-a-Service are now motivating KLD to embrace the new lighting technologies and eco systems in their designs.

Gooee’s Enterprise IoT Ecosystem is a unique ‘full-stack’ data & analytics platform incorporating hardware, software and cloud infrastructure that unlocks the smart buildings market at scale. Networked sensors and beacons communicate using Bluetooth Smart Mesh and are deployed via Lighting-as-a-Host, capturing the ‘4 Dimensions of Building Activity Data’ – People, Product, Place and Time. This ‘Data Brain’ drives application-enabling intelligence for developers, building-occupiers, property owners and managers.

Martin Klaasen, CEO and founder of KLD says: “We are excited to partner with Gooee, in a rapidly changing industry, a luminaire that is acting as a host, will have many additional functions beyond illuminating a space. This requires a whole new design-approach for specifiers and lighting designers. We value the flexibility the Gooee IoT platform offers us and our clients, it is the ultimate lighting-ecosystem allowing the designers to provide independent professional lighting solutions.”

Jan Kemeling, Chief Commercial Officer of Gooee mentions: “KLD is taking a leading position in creating a new lighting-design approach that considers and plans its designs around the device-integration in to Gooee’s data platform. KLD appreciates that a design project for lighting will now involve many new aspects which need to be taken in to consideration. While the illumination of the space remains key,” he explains, “occupiers of the space might now also need sensors or beacons or other connected technologies, which might have an influence on the layout and location of these multi-purpose devices. Illuminating these spaces will be just one function of the device. The role of the lighting designer will therefore be redefined to include the data platform options while making sure that the integrity, quality and standard compliance of the lighting design is upheld. Both Gooee and KLD are acknowledging the need for the lighting designer’s role to be redefined.”

Chauvet Expands Into Germany and France

January 29th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Chauvet Germany GmbH

Chauvet has established Chauvet Germany GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary to serve the German market.  Based in Bremen, the new subsidiary will distribute and service CHAUVET Professional, CHAUVET DJ and Iluminarc products. The opening of the new facility represents the company’s first direct presence in the German market.

Thomas Fischer, formerly Owner and Managing Director of Fischer GmbH, has been named Managing Director of Chauvet’s German operation, which will focus on lighting. He is joined by Henning Oeker, a well-known lighting industry expert, who will serve as Regional Sales Manager.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Thomas and Henning on-board with us in Germany,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Thomas and Henning have put together a team of experienced lighting professionals who are well positioned to provide sales and service support to the German market.”

This enthusiasm is shared by Thomas Fischer. “We’re very excited by this opportunity,” he said. “Chauvet has established an excellent reputation throughout the world and has been at the forefront in the development of new LED fixtures for entertainment and theatrical lighting applications.”

Chauvet Germany GmbH is the fourth European subsidiary and the sixth domestic subsidiary of the Florida-headquartered manufacturer that also sells its products through a network of authorized distributors in over 100 countries.

Chauvet Germany GmbH is located at Bruno-Bürgel-Str. 11, D-28759 Bremen, Germany.  Sales or service inquires can be addressed to

Chauvet France

Chauvet has announced the opening of Chauvet France, a wholly-owned subsidiary located in Paris. The new facility is responsible for directly distributing and supporting the company’s brands: CHAUVET Professional, CHAUVET DJ and Iluminarc in France.

For Chauvet, previously distributed by third parties in France for over a decade, the new facility demonstrates its commitment to the French market. “Many of our French customers have been buying our lights for years, so the time had come to support them by having a direct presence in France,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Having a local presence will make us more responsive to the specific needs of our customers.”

Chauvet France will be dedicated to lighting, a focus that the company believes will also enhance its level of service. “We are lighting people and we believe that lighting deserves a full-time commitment,” said Michael Brooksbank, General Manager of Chauvet Europe.

Chauvet France is staffed by seasoned lighting professionals, including the recently appointed Chauvet European Sales Director, Martin Fournier, Jerome Garnier, Nicolas Pommier and Juliette Mason. “We are focused on delivering the highest quality customer experience” said Fournier.  “We have a broad range of products, all designed to meet specific customer needs.”

Chauvet France is the third European subsidiary and the fifth domestic subsidiary of the Florida-headquartered manufacturer, whose products are otherwise sold through a network of authorized distributors in over 100 countries.

Chauvet France is located at 3, rue Ampère, 91380 Chilly Mazarin in Paris.  Sales or service inquires can be addressed to

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