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White Light Gets Into the Spirit with A Christmas Carol

November 30th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Written by Jack Thorne, the Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol is a brand-new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic. It tells the iconic story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve. Over the night, Scrooge is forced to confront his past and is given a final chance to see the error of his ways. The show opened last night to rave reviews and White Light provided the lighting equipment.

A Christmas Carol stars Rhys Ifans and features a lighting design by Hugh Vanstone. Hugh comments: “This is a thoughtful and innovative take on the Dickens classic rather than an expensive, flashy stage production. This is reflected in the staging, which places the action in a specially installed-environment rather than a conventional proscenium production. A giant planked walkway stretches from the back of the stalls all the way into the scene dock. Additionally, between the theatre’s traditional boxes, there is another intersecting walkway. These are used by the characters as they journey through scenes”.

In preparation for the show, Hugh met with director Matthew Warchus and designer Rob Howell to discuss the aesthetics of the production and how they would work together to create the space. Hugh explains: “There is virtually no scenery used in the show. There are four doorways which appear to define Scrooge’s office and bedroom but that’s more or less it”.

Despite the uncluttered stage, there was one element of the installation that would have a considerable influence on Hugh’s design. He comments: “Hovering about 3m above the walkway are 200 hanging lanterns. These give off a Dickensian feel and each contains a flickering candle. There is also an in-the round speaker system. Therefore the angles and positions I could utilise for lighting were extremely limited due to heavy air traffic!”.

Hugh approached WL to provide the equipment necessary to achieve his design. He comments: “I created a basic moving light rig to allow for isolation of areas and the odd special. The vast majority of the play takes place at night, or within Ghostly visions of Scrooge’s life; with only the final scene taking place in the daytime on Christmas morning. This led me toward reliable and silent arc sources for the night blues and crisp whites”.

To achieve this, Hugh drew on 12 x Philips VL1000 arcs. He continues: “I added a single MAC Viper Performance as I needed one bright, versatile light with animation effects capability in the middle of the acting area. Finally a basic cover of 12 x ETC Source Four Lustr 2s completed the hire package. These are used heavily throughout the show for cross-light and colourwashes”.

The show has now opened and will run until 20th January.

Hugh adds: “It’s been challenging exercise creating this fresh and entertaining take on a very well-known story. I hope my lighting goes some way toward creating an atmospheric environment which not many audience members will have experienced before”.

Photos courtesy of Manuel Harlan.

Wellington City Council Selects Telensa for its Smart Street Light Management System

November 29th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Wireless solution saves money by connecting and managing LED streetlights and provides a low-cost platform for smart city applications.

Telensa has announced that it has been selected by Wellington City Council to deploy its PLANet intelligent streetlighting system. The project will start in November 2017 and is due for completion in June 2018.

Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network owned by the city, and a central management application. The system pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and uses streetlight poles for supporting hubs for smart city sensors. With more than one million lights connected, Telensa PLANet is the world’s most popular connected streetlight system.

“We’re delighted to be working with Wellington City Council to deliver a more efficient, more resilient streetlighting system that will be responsive to citizens’ needs for decades to come,” said Will Gibson, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Telensa. “And we’re looking forward to working together on low-cost smart city applications, enabled by the city’s new lighting network.”


November 28th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The gathering of the leading lighting exhibitions in France, ForumLED Europe, Full LED Expo and Forum LumiVille, are introducing Lighting Dayswhich will bring together these 3 international events each dedicated to LED technologies, and indoor & outdoor lighting on 13th & 14th December 2017 at the Cité Centre des Congrès, Lyon, France. Lighting Days 2017 offers 2 days of exhibitions, conferences, BtoB Business Meetings, a Startup area, International Pavilions dedicated exclusively to lighting and LED technology professionals.

This event allows you to meet lighting specialists and discover their products and innovative solutions in LED technologies, indoor LED lighting, outdoor lighting, public lighting and smart lighting. This year’s edition awaits more than 150 exhibitors and 2,500 professionals and international visitors.


By combining the three lighting exhibitions, ForumLED Europe, Full LED Expo and Forum LumiVille, Lighting Days will showcase the latest innovations in lighting and technology in one place.

LED TECHNOLOGY – The 9th edition of the International Congress / Expo entirely dedicated to LED technology

The Congress / Expo ForumLED Europe has for more than 8 years brought together the whole ecosystem of LED technology and has become one of the leading events on the subject in Europe. The exhibition will bring together professionals, manufacturers and users for LED technologies and LED lighting systems and equipment.


The 100% indoor LED lighting trade fair

All solutions for indoor LED lighting, in one event. Important developments in LED technology open up a huge field of applications in the lighting sector. Full LED Expo is the place to discover the latest innovations as one of the only French trade fair dedicated to LED lighting and its value in all fields of applications and uses.


Forum / Expo dedicated to outdoor and public lighting

To discover the current and future solutions related to outdoor & public lighting, and to be aware of the sector’s lighting tendencies. Forum LumiVille is a unique platform in France for trade and lighting business development.


A tour of the lighting market in 2 days: parallel with the exhibitions, conferences will discuss different topics on the LED technology and lighting industry.


The latest LED technology innovations, and market trends: 2-day conferences, hosted by the world’s leading specialists, will provide answers to the evolutions of LED technology and how to answer to the new challenges of the future. All the topics related to this market will be covered, from the electronic component to the systems of lighting installations.


All solutions, uses and applications of indoor lighting 100% LED: Significant developments in LED technology open up a huge field of applications in the lighting sector. Whether it is for industrial lighting, shop lighting, healthcare facilities or residential applications, all the uses of lighting will be covered during these 2 days of conferences.


To discover the latest advances in outdoor and public lighting: LumiVille conferences will bring together the best experts and public administrations to consider solutions for public lighting in France and further afield. Outdoor lighting, public lighting, architectural lighting, stage lighting, or festive lighting, 2 days of conferences will present the latest innovations in the market.


BtoB Business Meetings will allow participants (visitors, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers) to meet individually during the 2 days of the event. Thanks to an online platform, the participants will benefit from targeted and personalised appointments that will allow participants to meet future clients, look for practical solutions in the field of LED technology and lighting.


This space welcomes young companies who have developed innovative projects or solutions in lighting or LED technology. To discover the latest innovations in outdoor, indoor or LED lighting, visit the Village Startup!

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Robe MegaPointes for X-Factor UK

November 28th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

For the second year running, Robe’s newest moving lights – including the just launched MegaPointe multi-purpose moving light – featured prominently on the UK’s much anticipated 2017 X Factor final series. Six weeks of nail-biting live show excitement with lighting designed by Tim Routledge … will reveal some incredible singing talent and culminate on the final at Wembley Arena this weekend.

The show was staged for the first time at LH2 Studios in Park Royal, north-west London, and joining the 43 x MegaPointes on Tim’s rig were another 270 Robe fixtures …112 x Spikies, 52 x Spiider LED wash beams, 37 x BMFL Blades, 34 of the brand new LEDBeam 150s, 35 x onePATT single cells which are also new … and a BMFL RoboSpot … adding up to a grand total of 314 x Robe lights.

Another stunning set by Florien Wieder of Wieder Design included multiple LED screens and a strong video presence defining the space, building on the look that was such a big hit with everyone last year. The set occupied slightly more space this year, incorporating a series of balconies and a mezzanine level.

A new creative team from The Squared Division came on-board for 2017 alongside series director Julia Knowles. The executive producers wanted an immersive feel to the show, so the 3mm high definition LED screens gave a wide and apparently continuous look, with some discreet breaks in between that were filled with concealed lighting.

A trough beneath the main screen and the slim gaps in between the LED surfaces were the starting points for Tim’s lighting design. His goal was to keep the hardware largely hidden but carefully positioned, so powerful and dramatic surprises could be revealed and blasted through from nowhere when needed.

It was a case of diligent balancing and complimenting between the two media of lighting and video.

The base ‘production’ lighting package – primarily made up of the 300 plus Robe units – was used for each weekly live show, supplemented with different specials that were added for each song.

Additionals this year have included 48 x Robe Halos for Week 5, used for Irish brothers Sean and Conor Price who performed their own version of the Jimi Hendrix classic ‘All Along The Watchtower’.

MegaPointes and Spikies were the main feature lights for 2017.

As soon as Tim first saw the MegaPointe demonstrated earlier in the year, he was “really struck with its possibilities as a ‘Swiss Army knife’ of a light” and immediately thought they would be ideal for X Factor.

Above the stage this year was a large circular screen, with 20 x MegaPointes rigged around its perimeter, while the other 23 were dotted around the main lighting rig.

The massive brightness and functionality of the MegaPointe helped evoke the pacey dynamics and diversity demanded of the ‘house’ lighting system as Tim and programmer / operator Tom Young kept the fresh new looks coming relentlessly as the series unfolded!

Tim is always happy to work with new technologies and was delighted to be able to incorporate MegaPointes for the first time on a UK television show … and one of ITV’s prime time hits at that!

The Spikies were installed in the gaps in between the screens … they enabled a myriad of cool big looks and scenes. On some sections of the set, they were alternated with old-skool tungsten pars.

A major X Factor challenge is always to keep the visuals pumping throughout the series, and making sure they don’t get repeated or tired, and to achieve this properly, several different layers of multi-purpose effects are essential.

Last year, Tim debuted the then just launched Robe Spiider on the X Factor live shows and finale which he loved … and the move was a massive success. He used them again this year as he still absolutely loves the light!

Fixtures like Spiiders and LEDBeam 150s were positioned strategically and optimised for being in both background and foreground camera shots.

BMFLs covered all the key lighting and also kicked in with epic hi-impact looks when needed. Tim was again among the first LDs to specify BMFLs on a major spectacular with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Shiny and new on X Factor were a series of onePATTs, rigged in the mezzanine and balcony areas of the set and around the audience, where their vintage style accentuated the functional, slightly industrial setting complete with exposed brick walls and steelwork.

onePATT is the latest in Robe’s growing PATT family of ‘scenic’ retro-styled luminaires, a high-powered, multi-coloured RGBW multichip LED lightsource housed in a slim brushed metal frame characteristic to the PATT series.

Tim and Tom worked closely on site with gaffer Keith Duncan, and lighting equipment was supplied by multi award winning rental company Neg Earth, where the account is handled by Damien Jackson.


Tom Dymond / Thames Television

IET Lecture: Graphene Based Ultra-Fast Charge Energy Storage & Enablement

November 27th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Venue/Date/Time: Novotel London West, Hammersmith, 16th January 2018

Start time: Note that this is earlier than usual, at 7:00 pm with tea, coffee and biscuits available from 6:30 pm. There will also be sandwiches available from 8:00 pm, providing time for networking.

Speaker: Jonathan R. Tuck


In conjunction with Zap&Go, Jonathan from Silent Koala will discuss the all-time global energy storage challenge.  How do you store vast amounts of electrical energy that will satisfy future demands?  He will present his understanding of what the global economy is likely to experience as a result of current energy requirements, as we move towards electric vehicles and renewable resources.  The differences between current battery technologies and the solutions offered by supercapacitors are discussed, and the talk looks at so-called ‘graphene’ solutions and other advanced nano-carbon developments that are impacting upon this industry.


Dr Jonathan R. Tuck completed his first degree in Mechanical, Materials and Manufacture Engineering at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, with honours in Materials Science and Engineering.  He went on to complete his doctorate at the University of Oxford in mathematical energy modelling, investigating indentation characterisation for coated systems.  He embarked upon his career in the field of Fuel Cells, where he took a polymer component from lab scale to full scale manufacture.  With a refractory metals company, he led the first team in the world to Friction Stir Weld (FSW) thick-section steel, and worked on construction of the Eclipse Airliner.  After a brief business sabbatical, he co-founded a company called Zap&Go, a developer and supplier of ultra-fast-charge supercapacitors.  He has a wealth of knowledge and experience across the board of Materials Science and Engineering, and the process for creating successful start-ups.  He is particularly passionate about energy and energy storage, in today’s fast-paced environment of innovation, demand and opportunity.

Visit the IET website for more information and to register for the event.

Coelux & Ideaworks Event

November 27th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

On the 8th November Coelux, in collaboration with Ideaworks Experience Centre, hosted a panel discussion about retail lighting.

The panel consisted of Professor Paolo Di Trapani from Coelux, Ian Hobbs from Bruceshaw, Ellie Coombs from lighting designer Nulty, Rebecca Walton from Dalziel + Pow and Caroline Philipson from Ann Summers and it was chaired by Mark Faithfull editor of Retail Property Analyst, MAPIC and World Retail Congress.

The Ideaworks Experience Centre allowed for attendees to not only listen to the panel discussion but also experience the stunning CoeLux product that is showcased in the basement of the showroom.

CoeLux® is the ground breaking optical system based on nano technology which artificially reproduces natural light and the visual appearance of the sun and sky in spaces that are deprived of natural light, creating the sensation of infinite space.

The panel were unanimous on the importance of customer experience and how lighting vastly impacts on this, in a number of key areas:


  • Navigating customers around the space
  • Highlighting key points of sale
  • The crucial changing room experience
  • Communicating the brand

Recent innovations in lighting and its potential to integrate technology – from control to applications – has meant there are a plethora of lighting solutions are available that can be used to make statements about brands, and the products they sell.

Coelux’s Professor Paolo Di Trapani used the analogy of the theatre for the modern retail environment where, if a design is successful, the customer switches from “spectator to an actor”, becoming part of the “performance”.

For interior designers, light is a key element of creating mood and ambience, it therefore makes sense to have a lighting consultant on board as early as possible to create a holistic and seamless design.

Once a customer has made their way through a store, we then come to the ‘moment of truth’ the changing room experience and the question of why they are often so dreadful.

However, Nulty’s Ellie Coombs said that although effective lighting techniques for changing rooms had been developed, it remained an area of under-investment and that poor consideration of the space and the lack of square feet devoted to changing areas continued to impact illumination of these areas.

Caroline Philipson of Ann Summers conceded that even though retailers know they will convert more sales if the changing rooms are good, they are under such enormous pressure to maximise the selling space that far too frequently fitting rooms are located at the back of a space, in condensed small areas, frequently hosted by only one downward light in each section, which is not a comfortable environment.

So when it comes to flattering but realistic lighting in changing rooms to increase customer confidence, what is the answer?  Ideally natural sunlight is the ultimate solution as Coombs, from Nulty, highlighted that “the sun provides non-directed light due to distance”. She said that opening up retail space to natural light was a perceptible current trend.

However, daylight is not always accessible, so finding ways to simulate not only the tone, light quality and also the uplifting sense of wellbeing achieved through the sunlight and Rebecca Walton from Dalziel + Pow stressed that lighting remained a crucial factor in reinforcing the brand and design narrative.

Walton said that lighting of key areas including the windows, core product areas and back walls or awkward spaces was a core component of the international design agency’s approach.

This was a point taken up by Caroline Philipson of Ann Summers, who said that differentiation is critical to retail design, in particular with a brand like Ann Summers that works hard to create a brand ethos, including in-house tattoo parlours in some of its flagships.

She said that a flexible lighting solution is always important, as the company likes to change its visual merchandising within its stores and, for example, is considering a showcased motorbike as a feature point in some of its stores, which will need to be effectively lit.

Finally, Ian Hobbs of Bruceshaw stressed that budget remained a key consideration, especially for roll-outs beyond the showcase flagships. However, he said that lighting had become a priority and foresaw the use of natural, or simulated natural, light as a growing trend.

Concluding, Professor Paolo Di Trapani, spoke about the “primal requirement” for natural light and how human instinctively react to it presence. For example, light doesn’t always broaden a space, because a lamp can create a “closed and insular” ambience which actually disconnects us from the outside space, he warned. This can lead to the lamp generating “fear from the user”.

Using a sunlight replicator such as Coelux means that a lighting solution can diminish this fear by reconnecting users with the positive experience of light, increasing their desire to dwell and their sense of well-being.

Light School – Lighting the Way at Surface Design Show 2018

November 24th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Discover the latest developments in architectural lighting whilst learning from the UK’s leading lighting experts

Light School will be hosted within Surface Design Show 2018 at the Business Design Centre in London from 6th – 8th February 2018. The revealing programme of talks from the UK’s leading lighting experts along with the newest innovations in architectural lighting from exhibitors sets Light School apart from other lighting exhibitions.

London is home to over 100 lighting design practices working on some of the most exciting projects across the globe. Light School allows architects and designers to touch, compare and learn about innovative lighting and technology products.

Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior & exterior surfaces dramatically. Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, sets out to educate architects and designers about the importance of lighting for both interior and exterior building design and allowing attendees to discover the best of new lighting design and learn about the important partnership between surface and light.

This year’s Light Talks sponsored by LED Linear will be one of the highlights of Light School, with an exceptional programme of talks from the leading experts of the lighting design industry. Light Talks will host 16 presentations across two and a half days, including:

A 30-minute guide to creating beautifully lit spaces by Christopher Knowlton (18 Degrees) Tuesday 6th February, 7.45 pm

The transformative power of light: creating an emotional response to the home by Rebecca Weir (Light.iQ) Wednesday 7thFebruary, 2.00pm. Her talk will be ‘a visual journey through recently completed projects, including a discussion on a what point a ‘house genuinely becomes a ‘home’.

Reports from the front line – perspectives on lighting design by Stuart Alexander (Michael Grubb Studio) Wednesday 7th February, 4.00pm

The world’s a stage by Mark Ridler (BDP) Thursday 8th February, 12.00pm. This talk will explore theatre’s influence on the application of light in architecture.

Metric code by Farhad Rahim (BuroHappold) Thursday 8th February, 1.00pm. This will be a discussion about lighting codes and measurement of lighting metrics for energy efficiency. This talk will ‘look to challenge if lighting codes are the correct means ofimplementing good lighting schemes and if the current valuations of metrics used to asses lighting efficiencies are the correct way forward for the future’.

Inspiring atmospheres – designing light for the new Design Museum by Theo Paradise-Hirst (ChapmanBDSP) Thursday 8th February, 3.00pm

Light School will feature a wall of postcards featuring speakers’ projects for curious visitors to browse and take-away.

Sally Storey, from Lighting Design International, said of her 2016 talk:

“Every seat was full, people standing outside the door – great turnout! Interesting questions showed the audience benefited and were engaged”.

For a full programme of Light Talks visit the Light School on Surface Design Show’s website.

Surface Design Show 2018 is set to be bigger, better and bolder than any of its previous shows allowing industry professionals to immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers.

Light School ensures its attendees leave enlightened, having learnt something that will change the way that they view and use light.

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Safer journeys for Dalston Junction commuters

November 23rd, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Buses pulling into Dalston Junction bus station posed a unique lighting challenge for TfL and the DW Windsor lighting team. The Garda LED handrail system provided a cost effective, low glare solution to overcome the shadows created by the buses.

Buses stopping and waiting at the Dalston Junction bus station were obstructing the light from the traditional products, leaving the walkway to the main Dalston Junction station dark and unsafe for pedestrians. This resulted in the need to find an effective lighting solution for the busy walkway.

After investigating potential solutions for lighting the walkway the preferred route was to retrofit the existing balustrade.

This was not only the most cost-effective route, but proved to be the most straightforward and logical, because no other third parties needed to be consulted before progressing.

The existing balustrade, having never been structurally tested, provided a separate challenge for the Garda team to tackle. The lighting solution had to be as lightweight as possible. So, in keeping with this, DW Windsor recommended and opted for the aluminium variant of the Garda illuminated handrail, which at just 2.6kg per metre, was 2kg lighter than the standard stainless steel version.

With the safety of pedestrians paramount to the project, retrofitted Garda balustrade provides a true asymmetric light distribution, lighting the path to 36lx with an average uniformity of 0.59. This puts light exactly where it’s needed, counteracting the shadows previously created by the buses.

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November 23rd, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) and the BSI Group (British Standards Institution) can now announce the intention to bring the lighting industry a new Product Verification Scheme that will carry the BSI Kitemark™.

This builds on the agreement, announced in July, which allowed customers of both organisations to benefit from mutual expertise and specialisms, thus finally provided a truly joined up approach in offering services to the industry.

The BSI Kitemark™ was one of the first quality marks in the world and is over 110 years old and is one of the most recognised symbols of quality and safety throughout the world today with recognition of greater than 82% amongst the UK population.

This ground-breaking scheme will give the industry a truly world leading third party verification scheme, which includes product performance as well as safety, meaning where you see the certification you will be able to not only trust the safety of the product but also the manufacturers performance claims.

As part of the new joined up approach the testing and auditing of products can be performed at the LIA’s laboratory in Telford. As Europe’s largest independent test laboratory dedicated to lighting and the leading provider for testing and certification within the industry, you can be confident your products are in the best of hands.

The combined approach in bringing this scheme to market will be fundamental in the future development of the lighting industry, helping it to face new challenges in terms of quality, safety and providing trusted market assurance.

To find out more contact Rich on 07711 591259 or visit

Pictured: Greg Childs, Certification Team Manager, BSI with LIA’s COO, Peter Hunt & CEO, Steve Davies

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