Round Table

We sit down with some industry experts and discuss all things lighting.

 

C8 Simon MilesSimon Miles, Carbon8 Lighting

What is, in your opinion, the greatest advance in the lighting industry and why?

In the modern times I would say that the invention of the brilliant blue LED by Professor Shuji Nakamura has made the greatest impact on our industry since Thomas Edison had his light bulb moment. The brilliant blue LED is the technology behind driving LED to where it is today. We already see LED lighting in most aspects of our lives, from smart phones to stadiums and now most areas of industry. I cannot think of a single invention that has made such a change to an industry, slashing energy demands at a time when the demands are constantly increasing.

Lighting technology has grown exponentially in recent years, can this growth continue and if so how?

I believe that in literal terms limited demand for more light, unless we take population growth into consideration. Therefore, I see growth in the lighting industry is actually a measurement of how much less energy we consume while lighting our surroundings with the same or greater light levels. Based on this, and with the huge energy savings that accompanied the introduction of LED and other technologies replacing incandescent lighting and other inefficient technologies, we have already made the biggest impact via energy reduction.

Which is more important, form or function, or can specifiers now have both in one fitting.

I believe that the answer to this depends very much on who’s asking. Our clients tend to be looking to light large commercial/industrial areas where outright performance and reliability are key, so function is the priority here. This said, personally I tend to see beauty in things that function exceptionally and have careful thought in the design. I’m biased, but I think that our Discus high bay is a perfect example of this. I think that the fact that others have copied our design is a compliment. It’s a design that perfectly shows how form and function can successfully be combined.

Name a lighting installation that you have admired when out and about and why? 

Can I bend the rules a little here and say Hong Kong Island…….it contains the most amazing architectural lighting and is constantly evolving as buildings come and go.

What is your companies greatest achievement or name a favourite project you have worked on?

This is a difficult one, we have been involved in some really interesting projects, large and small. My favourites are always the projects that set unusual challenges and if I have to choose one it would be designing and providing DALI controlled floodlight fittings for The Islands project at Chester Zoo. There were a few sleepless nights but I think that everyone involved agrees that the results are outstanding.

What can we expect from your company in the coming months?

2016 has already seen Carbon8Lighting achieve is most successful sales figures and we will be announcing some fantastic landmark projects. In terms of products, there will be specification upgrades to existing fitting ranges and we will have the most significant new product launch since the Discus High Bay re wrote the performance standards when it was launched at the beginning of 2015.

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Elliet-Jones

Elliet-Jones, Helvar

What is, in your opinion, the greatest advance in the lighting industry and why?

The simplest of answers is LED.  This is not just because of the efficiency and life time that they bring, but it has also allowed lighting to be digital to digital from supply to control. This allows in addition to more energy savings, for greater control, smoother dimming, quicker response times and reporting than had been achieved previously.

Lighting technology has grown exponentially in recent years, can this growth continue and if so how?

I believe the growth of lighting technology will continue in the years to come, with more and more emphasis on the control aspect of lighting in commercial applications.  As the technology develops and pricing decreases, it will naturally overlap with other building and home automation areas where lighting will play a central role.

Which is more important, form or function, or can specifiers now have both in one fitting.

If a specifier selects a quality lighting manufacture, then I believe that they can have both, as long as they are willing to pay for it.

What is your companies’ greatest achievement or name a favourite project you have worked on?

We have recently worked on some great iconic buildings such as the National Portrait Gallery in London. We upgraded its existing Helvar lighting control system to a new, modern solution, helping to show off much more detail in the paintings than had been possible before.

 

What can we expect from your company in the coming months?

Self-learning algorithms being used in lighting control is something you can expect to see from Helvar in the coming months.

Helvar will be continuing the development of its (stand-alone) luminaire based lighting control systems, which allows for smart simple controls for LED based luminaires.  This offers an upgrade path to customers for both LED technology and smart lighting control, without any additional installation costs.

At the same time, we will bedeveloping our networked lighting control systems including wireless technology and cloud based services, where more sophisticated lighting control is needed.

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AndyHillAndrew Hill, Managing Director of Reggiani Ltd Lighting

What is, in your opinion, the greatest advance in the lighting industry and why?

Connectivity.  Though we are still seeing improvements in LED technology, they are now accepted as the light source of choice and used in the vast majority of applications.  So the shift is now towards ‘smart’ lighting.  More sophisticated sensors allow new/better ways to communicate and interact with lighting, and the lighting to connect to other devices.  This is turn creates new areas the lighting industry is only just beginning to explore.

Lighting technology has grown exponentially in recent years, can this growth continue and if so how?

Yes, for the reasons explained above.  Recent years have seen massive improvements in LED Technology and this will start to level off.  Now the focus is on the connectivity of lighting installations, how we control it, the Internet of Things, how it communicates with other devices/systems.  The lighting industry will have to consider and adopt new disciplines and technologies not previously associated with lighting, so the potential for growth still exists.

Which is more important, form or function, or can specifiers now have both in one fitting? 

In my experience designers want both in equal quantity: performance to meet a specification and form to satisfy the desires of the architect. Both are important, although Reggiani has strong performance across its entire range of luminaires with an extensive choice of optics. Therefore, as the company qualifies on performance, most of the questions received regard form.

Name a lighting installation that you have admired when out and about and why? 

Kings Cross Pedestrian Tunnel by Speirs& Major.

Active lighting turns a transport underpass into a vibrant and interesting place to be.

http://www.speirsandmajor.com/work/strategy/kings_cross_pedestrian_tunnell/

What is your company’s greatest achievement or name a favourite project you have worked on?

My favourite remains the D&P White Company flagship store in Norwich.

The integration of a colour change ceiling and adjustable 3000k lighting allows the mood of the whole store to be altered at the push of a button. The store was spectacularly well finished, and a very pleasant place to be.

What can we expect from your company in the coming months?

There is a raft of great new products are in the pipeline. Many are older, favourite products which are being ‘tidied up’ and improved, while a number of new product systems are under development, particularly driverless LEDs.

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TridonicMartin ThompsonMartin Thompson, Technical Services Manager, Tridonic

What is, in your opinion, the greatest advance in the lighting industry and why?

The greatest advance in the lighting industry is LED Technology.LED’S have given the market massive efficency savings. Better fitting designs, improvements in lumen/watt figures and greater flexibility for intergrated LED solutions. Also providing improved emergency reliability due to higher outputs at lower power.

Lighting technology has grown exponentially in recent years, can this growth continue and if so how?

Yes however efficiencies will stabilise and prices will reduce so even though you will see the growth in pieces the turnover will not increase at the same rate.

Also with the introduction of connected lighting will also provide growth.

Which is more important, form or function, or can specifiers now have both in one fitting.

Both are important for different reasons however in the future as connected lighting evolves function will become the most important factor.

Name a lighting installation that you have admired when out and about and why? 

Please find below the link to the coverage for the Warwick Hospital on the ADF website.

http://www.architectsdatafile.co.uk/news/lighting-the-way-for-an-improved-patient-and-staff-experience-at-warwick-hospital/

What is your companies greatest achievement or name a favourite project you have worked on?

Tridonic UK has just celebrated our 50TH year as a market leading lighting component provider.  Our recent partner Conference gave us the opportunity to showcase our future lighting solutions from our existing comprehensive LED product & controls portfolio whilst paying homage to all our half century achievements & milestones.

What can we expect from your company in the coming months?

The connected lighting call NET4MORE.

 

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