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The 40 under 40 awards are back

September 17th, 2021 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The 40 under 40 website is now live and open for nominations which will close on 12th November for nominators and 19th November for nominees. Are you are a worthy recipient or do you know someone who deserves an opportunity to be recognised for what they have achieved in lighting so far?

This award used to be part of the Lighting Design Awards which is now no longer running. Filix Lighting who used to sponsor the Award have taken it on and with the help of Light Collective and are looking for the class of 2021. The Award has been running for five years with 200 recipients to date. You can hear from all past winners on the website.
Our esteemed judges for 2021 are as follows:

Paul Traynor – Light Bureau – UK
Regina Santos – Light Fusion – UAE
Elias Cisneros – 333 Luxes – Mexico
Aviva Gunzburg – NDY Light – Australia
Randy Reid – Designing Lighting – USA
Christine Sicangco – Christine Sicangco Lighting Design – Philippines

The 40 under 40 is a unique annual competition to select young and outstanding individuals who work in a creative capacity with the application of lighting in architecture. Nominations are accepted from international candidates under 40 and nominators must cite why they are exceptional. Candidates should be passionate about lighting and display outstanding talent and potential, and have demonstrable achievements in the field.

Winners will be announced in an online event on December 15th.

www.40under40.events

www.filixlighting.com

www.lightcollective.net

A.C. Special Projects Return to Somerset House

September 17th, 2021 | Latest News | 0 Comments

More than a decade after they first installed the artistic lighting at the stunning 18th century Somerset House, A.C. Special Projects (AC-SP) return to the site to perform an upgrade to the vestibule lighting.

Somerset House is London’s working arts centre built on historic foundations around one of the most beautiful courtyards in Europe. Situated at the very heart of the capital, they are home to the UK’s largest creative community.

Welcoming around 3 million visitors a year to public events, creative enterprises, artistic practice and more, Somerset House have for a number of years utilised LED lighting to bring elements of the building and its architecture to life, as well as maximising colour changing capabilities to support specific events.

Mick Figg, Head of Buildings at Somerset House comments; “AC-SP have been looking after the architectural lighting at Somerset House since 2008. This recent vestibule lighting upgrade has been done with the aim to draw in visitors from the strand and act as our main entrance for events. The colour changing element of the fixtures enable us to create a more immersive experience for our guests and really set the scene for events.”

AC-SP supplied and installed over 100 Anolis ArcLink 4 fixtures mounted in IP rated encapsulate tubes for this project, alongside all the cabling. Typical LED battens would have been too large for this installation and become visible, this solution allows the fittings to be installed subtly and not detract from the architecture of the building.

AC-SP’s Project Manager, Chris Little comments; “Somerset House approached us to upgrade and install the fixtures in their vestibule. As one of the first areas visitors see, the lighting here is integral for making good first impressions, therefore, we wanted the fixtures to be fitted discreetly, but also provide a quality output – this is why we installed the Anolis ArcLink 4 – the open beam angle allows for a powerful output and smooth, even coverage of the area. We also installed the cabling discreetly within the ceiling so as not to take away from any of the aesthetics of this beautiful building.”

Mick concluded; “The new fixtures provide a much better output and bring a new lease of life to the Vestibule, especially in the evenings. It is always a pleasure working with the team at AC-SP. The installation of the new fittings and cabling was carried out to the agreed programme and completed to a high standard.”

Design London announces Exhibitor Highlights for its debut edition next week

September 17th, 2021 | Latest News | 0 Comments

As the London Design Festival draws ever closer, it’s largest official trade destination, Design London, announces new exhibitors to its dynamic programme.

Running from 22-25 September, Design London will be housed in a brand new venue, Magazine London, on the Greenwich Peninsula, just a short walk from North Greenwich Station and the creative new Design District. The show brings together a highly curated selection of cutting-edge brands, from emerging talent to established design leaders, countless collaborations as well as a comprehensive talks programme.

The venue will house a multitude of global design brands including an abundance of esteemed Italian manufacturers such as Artemide, Cinova, Ethimo, Natuzzi, and TechnoGym, as well as South African Philosophy Furniture, bespoke Turkish furniture brand Fratelli, and Dutch producers Van Rossum, Bert Plantagie, and Artifort.

A key feature at this year’s event is a pavilion of Danish furniture brands offering solutions for positive environmental impact curated by Lifestyle & Design Cluster and championed by the Danish Embassy. While Denmark has long been known for its pioneering aesthetics, Design London is spotlighting the recent work of Danish design in the circular economy. This includes innovative uses of waste materials including FLID’s hand tools created from scrap wood and leather that are designed to be disassembled and reused, furniture made from leftover stone masonry materials by product designer Camilla Holm Pallesen who spearheads Genfärd, and a series of chairs by Wehlers which are primarily produced from 100% recycled plastic from fishing nets or other plastics found in the ocean.

Also highlighting the practical nature of recycled plastic is emerging British-Finnish design duo Mirka Grohn and Jo Wilton of &New who will showcase Jää, a new fully-recyclable collection made from consumer plastic diverted from landfill.

Ideal Standard will present its innovative design-led Atelier Collections for the first time. A partnership with renowned Italian design studio Palomba Serafini Associati, the collections mark a new era in design for the brand which takes inspiration from some of it’s classic designs. Design London will also see the launch of a flagship piece in the collection as part of a cinematic Together World Tour London event, which will premiere both at the show and virtually on 23 September at 11am.

Alongside an array of international exhibitors, is a rise of homegrown talent. Design London is particularly excited to showcase British fashion designer Henry Holland’s debut rug collection for East London rug makers FLOOR_STORY. The series integrates bold patterns and classic rave iconography, including smiley faces and psychedelic-style patterns, and alludes to ‘out of mind’ experiences with irregular shaped runners which seem to melt into their surroundings. Holland has also created a playlist especially for the display during Design London, linked here.

Christian Watson is a new name in British furniture design; his minimal collection includes a range of statement pieces and functional designs that are unified by a pared-back palette of materials and an uncompromising commitment to British craftsmanship. The signature range comprises future heirlooms including the dynamic Severus lounger, and statement pieces such as the monochromatic Wandle desk, Thoralby Mirror, and Eversfield Shelving, all of which will be on display at Design London for the first time.

The 4T System by Icons of Denmark in collaboration with award winning Danish designer Hee Welling is another work exhibited for the first time as part of Design London. Since its inception in late 2020, the 4T System has developed to include large scale pavilion style constructions, as well as its original configurations of wall units, focus booths and mobile units. During Design London, Icons of Denmark will be exhibiting the largest continuous 4T System ever to be created.

London-based furniture brand SECOLO will present Pingu and Laghi, which despite never being launched physically, are two of the brand’s best sellers that boast an exquisite material palette and high gloss finish. These will be displayed alongside the curvaceous Tateyama Sofa in a configuration never-before-seen. Italian lighting company, Artemide will also present new products from Bjarke Ingels (BIG) and Neri&Hu, as well as show their antiviral ultraviolet Integralis range alongside a selection of iconic pieces.

During this year’s London Design Festival, Design London celebrates its inaugural edition while a number of its exhibitors mark milestone anniversaries. Haberdashery London celebrates its 10th birthday as well as a permanent move to Greenwich where the studio has a workshop facility, and soon-to-open showroom. At Design London, the brand will create an experiential installation of Flux, a sculptural composition of bespoke illuminated pendants.

European furniture manufacturer Thonet marks the 90th anniversary of its iconic S 43 tubular steel chair by introducing the S 43 K childrens’ chair in a new colour collection inspired by minerals and gemstones. Another significant development is the brand’s expansion of its S 5000 range by Studio Irvine with S 5000 Retreat. Right in the middle of the development phase for the new S 5000 range, the Covid-19 pandemic hit – and changed and expedited the need to adapt our working spaces. Physical space and separation have taken on a whole new meaning which is the idea behind the S 5000 Retreat, a modular system of flexible workspaces suitable for both living and working environments.

The pandemic raised questions of uncertainty for graduate designer and founder of Six Dots Design, Joseph Ellwood, who channelled his own shortcomings and feelings of self doubt into his debut collection made in his parents garage in Cornwall. The collection includes a carved Sapele bench pyrographed with ‘This Chair Sucks’, and a set of four chairs which confront ideas of fragility.

Among the exhibitors will be [d]arc room returning to London for its fifth year with an established lighting area centred around the theme, ‘The Spectrum’, and a series of lighting talks led by experts. Exhibitors within this pop-up include Delta Light, John Cullen Lighting, Mesh, and Thorlux.

As well as hundreds of new products on show, visitors can also experience 20+ diverse and compelling talks at Design London’s dedicated talks space, designed by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori and sponsored by Schneider Electric. Over the four days, there will be captivating headline talks, trend forecasts and panel discussions with both leading designers and rising stars of the design world. Curated by Katie Richardson and running from 11am each day, the zestful programme aims to give an insight into future trends and current movements within design, architecture and the wider creative industries with each talk underpinned by the issues of today. Speakers include acclaimed product and fashion designer Henry Holland, colour-obsessed Yinka Ilori, industrial design duo PearsonLloyd, mixed media artist Robi Walters, purveyors of pattern Eley Kishimoto, and interior designer and career mentor Simon Hamilton.

For the full Design London programme and exhibitor list, visit www.designlondon.co.uk.

New CEO for Institution of Lighting Professionals appointed

September 15th, 2021 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) is delighted to announce the appointment of Justin Blades as its new Chief Executive Officer in succession to Tracey White who is relocating abroad.

Justin will join the ILP on 1 November 2021 and has a strong mandate to further enhance the organisation’s key role in uniting the skills of engineering, design and technology in order to deliver quality lighting for the built environment.

Fiona Horgan, ILP President said: “The Board welcomes Justin to the ILP team as our new CEO. We are excited to work with Justin at this critical time for the lighting industry as we look to address the social and economic challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change. As we look to the future Justin has already brought to the table some great ideas and brings experience from a membership body organisation.”

She went on to comment: “The Board would like to thank Tracey for her leadership and work raising the ILP profile over the past 3 and a half years, she has provided us a voice at a national level and will be missed by all who have worked with her. We wish her all the best for her new life in the sunshine.”

Justin Blades said: “I am delighted to be joining the ILP as CEO and I look forward to working with ILP members, the Board and the wider team to focus on extending the reach and voice of the Institution for new generations of lighting professionals, building on the significant work that has already been accomplished.”

Prior to joining the ILP, Justin held senior positions in the membership sector, including six years as Deputy Chief Executive of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, one of the largest chartered professional engineering institutions in the UK.

High spirits as PLASA Show reunites the live sector

September 15th, 2021 | Latest News | 0 Comments

PLASA Show returned to Olympia London from 5-7 September, receiving high acclaim and marking a return to normality following the 18 month closure of the live sector. As the first entertainment technology trade show in two years, there was a level of risk involved. However PLASA Show 2021, along with the ABTT Theatre Show which co-located for one year, succeeded in reuniting the industry for three high spirited and productive days in Olympia’s Grand Hall.

Although the number of attendees was reduced, they remained top quality and similar to previous years: 2/10 were company owners or directors and half were specifiers or final decision makers. Theatre and touring were most prominent with one third of those attending working in production or venues.

Anticipation was high as the doors opened, with a steady stream of visitors keen to check out the next generation of products and catch up with colleagues. Lee House, Marketing Manager for Ambersphere, comments, “When the doors opened on Sunday it was great to see so many people coming through them. This show certainly exceeded all expectations we had. Yes, the show floor was smaller this year, but the atmosphere was bigger than ever.”

Nick Boggon, Marketing Manager for Sound Technology, adds, “We probably weren’t alone going into the show not knowing what to expect, but those concerns didn’t last long. Understandably stands were smaller than previous years but it still felt like the PLASA Show. There was networking of course, but also a genuine desire to see new products and technology trends.”

The ABTT Theatre Show Hub – which featured theatre-specialised brands and associations – centered around the AAPTLE Lounge where meetings looked at emerging industry issues. Robin Townley, CEO of the ABTT, comments, “Locating traditional ABTT exhibitors within the Theatre Show Hub offered a great sense of community and it was tremendous to see so many members of the Alliance of Associations & Professionals in Theatre and Live Events making use of the AAPTLE Lounge. The three days proved to be fantastically successful in providing an opportunity for suppliers, service providers and practitioners to get back face to face and resume the essential art of conversation.”

Support and guidance

The people of the industry were just as high priority as the products this year, with areas of the show dedicated to offering guidance. The #WeMakeEvents Hub featured several charities and initiatives including Backup, Acting for Others, #MakeitBlue, Music Support, Stagehand, The Back Lounge, Theatrical Guild, Tour Production Group and We Need Crew.

Promoting wellbeing further, Backup launched their Mental Health First Aid course at the show, and Mig Burgess, creator of the Blackout Installation of 2019, returned to present findings of a survey looking at mental health in the industry.

Plenty of debut products

The show’s headline sponsor Robe dazzled attendees with its recently launched T2 alongside previews of the T11 and the TE – Transferable Engine. Theresa Gibson, Head of Marketing for Robe, comments, “The commitment Robe showed to PLASA as headline sponsor of this year’s show was well and truly equalled in delivering a great event and uniting the industry again. All our staff spoke with high quality visitors and relished the opportunity to establish connection again face to face.”

Avolites celebrated its 45th anniversary at the show with company’s new flagship Diamond 9 console taking centre stage. Astera debuted three on the Ambersphere Solutions stand, picking up a prestigious PLASA Award for Innovation for PixelBrick. Elsewhere, Artistic Licence launched candlePower octo at the show, displayed alongside the new Commissioner multi. Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence says, “We were absolutely delighted to have exhibited at such a successful show. There was a real sense of “we’re in this together” and everyone was excited to be back. This was probably the busiest trade show we’ve done in five years.”

Meanwhile, DiGiCo revealed SD12T software, KLANG presented the KLANG:konductor, Yamaha’s Rivage PM5 and PM3 made their trade show debuts, NEXO released the new epS Series, Shure focused on its Axient Digital ADX5D, and Sennheiser displayed its new Evolution Wireless Digital. Kevin Gwyther-Brown, Business Development Manager for Sennheiser, says, “The quality of visitors was very high. From the moment the doors opened on Sunday, the positive atmosphere did not stop until the show finished on Tuesday. As a manufacturer that has recently launched a new product, we could not have wished for a better platform to show it off.”

Across the show floor, several specialist brands were offered accessories and staging solutions. Area Four Industries UK celebrated its 20th anniversary at the show while debuting EXE Technology products. Glen Brown, UK Sales & Marketing Director for Area Four, says, “PLASA 2021 was a great surprise with an extremely positive vibe and proved how resilient our industry is.”

Additional new products included the Evolve Chair from Audience Systems, Bioglitter from Flints Theatrical Chandlers, the Liberty Switch System from Harlequin, and three new seats from Race Furniture. Plus, Rigging Team made their PLASA Show debut.

New AV technology could also be seen at every turn, including the EB-PU1000 series from Epson, Ruby LED panels from ROE Visual, Teleprompter.Video from Apt-GB and the award-winning CarbonBlack from LANG. Anika Lauth, Deputy Managing Director for LANG UK, comments, “This was our first time exhibiting at PLASA and it certainly won’t be the last. We had great conversations and you could feel the excitement of the industry coming back to life. We were thrilled to be awarded for CarbonBlack. Here’s to next year and a revived industry, new faces and new innovations to come.”

Apt-GB also made its PLASA Show debut. Company founder Graham Gosden, adds, “PLASA was a great success and the Apt-GB >Teleprompter.Video range went down a treat. We were also delighted to get a commendation for the SMVA.”

Standing room only

PLASA Show’s popular programme of free-to-attend seminars were well attended, including sessions by the programme sponsor Vectorworks. There was also a busy panel on EcoDesign featuring lighting designer Rob Halliday, PLASA Managing Director Peter Heath and ETC Technical Director Adam Bennette. Plus Declan Randall, lighting designer and programmer and console trainer for ETC, looked at the new X8 LED array, 8-colour mixing and Eos colour controls. Darren Beckley, ETC Ltd Sales Manager, comments, “The show provided a great opportunity for our industry to move forward after such a difficult period. It was energising to see people reconnect and gather information on all the exciting projects that are happening again.”

High on the agenda was sustainability and safety: A panel led by TAIT’s Carol Scott heard from representatives from the Theatre Green Book, Unusual Rigging, LIVE, isla and SiPA on how the sector can improve its green credentials. Additionally, Chartered Engineer and LSi columnist James Eade unpacked IET Wiring Regulations, and Health & Safety inspector David Kivlin, Chartered Safety Practitioner Tom Goode and SOLT Head of Risk & Technical Phil Brown discussed returning to work.

The PLASA & #WeMakeEvents Stage hosted well-attended roundtable sessions, addressing Brexit and touring with Peter Heath of PLASA, Andy Corrigan of Viva La Visa, Craig Stanley of LIVE and #WeMakeEvents political team leader Duncan Bell, followed by the #WeMakeEvents steering committee presenting a look back at the campaign’s achievements. Koy Neminathan, Sales Director for Avolites and member of the #WeMakeEvents steering committee, says, “#WeMakeEvents is a testament to our industry’s people and their passion to keep our dynamic industry alive. We were delighted to see so many people attend the session and we welcome you to get in touch and get involved as the campaign evolves.”

Product experiences

Visitors flocked to try the new ChamSys MagicQ Stadium consoles and see the new Maverick Silens 2 and Ovation Rêve E-3 by CHAUVET Professional. Arnaud Thealer, Marketing Coordinator for CHAUVET Professionals comments, “Our team was so happy to meet everybody at the booth again. Feeling the buzz of the industry was magical. Thanks to the training space we had room to do proper product demos, and taking home a PLASA Innovation Award was the icing on the cake!”

Running parallel, the d&b Soundscape Theatre showcased brands including Autograph, DiGiCo, Sennheiser, Shure and White Light. Emma Amadou, Events and Marketing Administrator for d&b audiotechnik, says, “The d&b Soundscape theatre was the just right space for hosting such interesting sessions. Huge thanks to everyone involved, and so great to have good footfall!”

Tim Horton, Sales & Installations Manager for SFL, adds, “There was a great buzz about the show regardless of the reduced numbers. We were particularly proud to host the d&b Soundscape Theatre and create an environment to help people communicate their message. We’re really pleased we were able to be a part of the show and do our part to support the event!

Award-winning Innovation

The PLASA Awards for Innvoation, in association with LSi, ran alongside the show once more, showcasing the very latest product developments and technical advancements on the Innovation Gallery throughout the event. James Eade, Chair of the Judging Team, says, “If the Awards are anything to go by, our industry has been forging ahead. 15 years ago we awarded an incandescent lightbulb and fluorescent tube. This year we awarded live motion capture streaming and a carbon nanotube projection screen. It really feels like this industry is turning a corner.”

Copper Candle were presented with a combined award for three pioneering products, with owner James Simpson saying,  “Winning an award was simply incredible, it meant so much to us as a small business trying to make an impact in our industry. It has huge implications for our future and potential growth and means so much to have the ratification of our vision by our industry peers.”

Two of the show’s new exhibitors won an award, including Glensound, whose Managing Director Marc Wilson says,  “We are delighted at the response that we have had from the show at such a difficult time. It’s a new industry for us and we have found many potential customers that are interested to learn more about our Dante intercom, breakout boxes and award winning Divine.”

Mike Wheeler, Operatations Director for EM Acoustics, comments, “We enjoyed an extremely busy show, with overwhelming interest in the extensions to the Reference Series, and scooping an award for the R10 was a real cherry on top. It’s great to feel things return to normal for everyone.”

Looking to the future

PLASA Show 2021 heralded the return of the vibrant live sector. Exhibitors and visitors alike were eager to get back to business and grow their network, but this year with a renewed approach. Farah Minhas, Exhibitions & Events Manager for Audio-Technica, comments, “There was a real sense of excitement and positivity at PLASA Show this year. We realise there are still a lot of challenges ahead, but our attitude reflects that of an industry approaching the future with a fresh perspective.”

Andrew Mckinlay, Marketing Director for Avolites, adds, “Whilst we embraced and rejoiced at the chance to be at a show, we collectively felt the need to reimagine what a trade show is. Let’s take this opportunity to look forward and build the trade show of the future. One where PLASA becomes known again as the leading showcase of our industry across the region and world.”

Peter Heath, Managing Director for PLASA, concludes, “I would like to give my sincere thanks to everyone who exhibited and visited the show, helping make PLASA Show 2021 one to remember. I hope to see many of you at PLASA Focus Leeds in May where our industry will once again demonstrate its resilience and innovation.”

PLASA Show returns to Olympia London from 4-6 September 2022 www.plasashow.com
PLASA Focus Leeds returns to the Royal Armouries from 10-11 May 2022 www.plasaleeds.com

Kunstmin Dordrecht Invests in Robe T1s

September 15th, 2021 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Photo by Louise Stickland.

Schouwburg Kunstmin is a theatre and performing arts venue in the Dordrecht, the Netherlands, which has invested in Robe’s T1 Profile LED moving lights – a stylish and refined energy-efficient luminaire designed with the demands and precision of theatre lighting at its core.

The sale – delivered by Robe’s Benelux distributor Controllux – was just before the pandemic shut down the industry in March 2020, and with re-opening now on the horizon, the theatre is looking to add more T1s to the inventory to replace their aging 2Ks on the FOH bridge with an LED source.

Head of lighting Bart Meester and head of technical and facilities Martijn Lohuis were both involved in this latest Robe investment. Bart has been head of lighting at the venue for 15 years.

It followed another set of T1s, LEDWash 300+s and LEDBeam 150s purchased in 2019 for M3, a fully flexible ‘bare floor’ performance space just up the road at Energiehuis, a reimagined old power station building now dedicated to culture and the arts. This vibrant multiple hall, multi-purpose venue is used by several different promoters and organisations, and M3, its largest space, is programmed and run by the team from Schouwberg Kunstmin.

Separate to that, other halls and rooms in Energiehuis also contain various Robe fixtures that have been supplied over recent years by Controllux.

The current spectacular neo-renaissance style Kunstmin building dates to the 1930s – when what is now the Main Hall was added – and it is now a designated national heritage-protected ‘monument’. It has seen several renovations over the years, the latest in 2012-14 which saw a substantial reworking and enlargement of the production and backstage facilities.

Normally Kunstmin, run by an independent foundation and subsidised by the City of Dordrecht, will showcase a diversity of performances and shows, from bands with their own productions to dance and drama shows which are often lit by the in-house. They also host parties, conferences, and corporate events for which the team will usually supply the production kit as well as all the technical creative skills.

They did have some older moving lights there before the eight Robe T1 Profiles and some LEDBeam 150s arrived in 2019, but these needed replacing with something more modern and carbon-conscious, so they looked at several options.

Bart and the crew were using Robe products regularly in M3. Before that venue’s 2019 upgrade, these were LEDWash 300s and 600E Spots which are still there and going strong – now supported by newer fixtures in the form of LEDWash 300+s.

They were also seeing various Robe products increasingly regularly at the Kunstmin with touring productions, so much so that they wanted to buy their own!

The T1 Profiles were chosen primarily for the range of colours including whites plus the “excellent colour mixing and shutter system,” commented Erik, while Bart added that the zoom was another major factor, as it was with the LEDBeam 150 FWs (Fresnel Wash) that were ordered at the same time. The zoom dramatically increases the versatility of the LEDBeam 150 offering very smooth coverage with even edges and superior colour homogenization.

The price of the LEDBeam 150 FWs was also very attractive, so 16 of these joined the eight T1 Profiles for the 752-seater Kunstmin Main Hall.

Having these new moving lights in the house has already facilitated faster build and more efficient tech periods, which combined with the better quality of light, has resulted in a visible improvement in the way productions can be lit.

Lighting control for both Kunstmin and M3 at Energiehuis is via GrandMA3 consoles.

Bart and Martijn also mention that Robe cross rentals – should they need to boost the numbers for a show – are easy as there is a lot of Robe in rental stock circulation throughout the Netherlands thanks to the hard work and tenacity of Controllux!

Since the pandemic, Both Kunstmin and M3 have been active in hosting livestream concerts, broadcasts and some other TV and video shoot variants.

Looking ahead, there are some encouraging signs coming from the Dutch government and market about reopening live entertainment with theatres and events returning, so Kunstmin is hoping that it will be operating a full season from September.

Astera PixelBrick Wins PLASA Innovation Award

September 14th, 2021 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Photo shows, left to right Astera’s Jesper Sorensen, Sebastian Bückle and Simon Canins.

Astera’s ingenious PixelBrick won a 2021 PLASA Award for Innovation – one of two lighting products out of the six 2021 winners selected from 29 entries – as the PLASA entertainment technology trade show returned to Olympia after a pandemic forced absence in 2020.

The judges commented, “this is not just another battery uplighter, but a well-engineered and thought-out lighting system augmented with a wide set of accessories.” They felt it would allow designers a greater degree of creativity in an assortment of lighting applications.

PixelBrick has been carefully crafted by Astera’s talented R ‘n’ D team and is perfect for concerts, events, filming, or broadcast scenarios. It can also be utilised as a compact, light (1.1kg) and exceptionally handy up-lighter or hung anywhere and become a universal light for accenting and texturing buildings or facades. For exterior use, its IP65 rating is resistant to rain and other elements. PixelBricks can be joined together to make all sorts of funky shapes and combinations!

Astera exhibited on the booth of its UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions. The PLASA event – one of the first industry expos to be staged ‘post’ pandemic – proved a busy and upbeat environment for people from across the industry to re-start, re-connect and finally meet again face-to-face as things start moving forward after an extremely tough period.

Astera’s sales & marketing director Sebastian Bückle revealed that many customers specifically asked to see the PixelBrick having already seen it online. “I think the industry understands that this is a game-changer and not just another LED spotlight,” he stated, adding that they were “delighted” to win the Innovation Award.

“This really means a lot to us, especially to our engineering team who’ve worked tirelessly on developing this great product.”

Also pumped about the result, Lee House from Ambersphere said, “It’s great that Astera has won another PLASA Innovation award. We stand behind these truly innovating companies and their products, and recognition from the industry is proof we are working with the best!”

Lee underlined that it’s flexibility that their customers generally look for in relation to Astera, including the complete range of neat accessories that are available for the PixelBrick which can further enhance creativity.

Talking generally about PLASA, Sebastian commented that “it was great to be back.”

Three people from the company’s Munich, Germany HQ attended and engaged in multiple high-quality conversations with lighting designers, technicians and other industry professionals. “The talks at PLASA were totally different from all the video calls and presentations, and from this comparison we see that trade shows clearly have a future,” said Sebastian, also observing that while PLASA was slightly smaller in physical size than before, “we had a constant flow of excellent customers to our booth.”

Lee adds that with new Astera products being shown for the first time at an expo, it was a great chance for people to see products “in the flesh rather than on a Zoom demo” and to meet the team behind them. “With a year’s gap in the show, it was clear that people were very eager to get back to work and reconnect with everyone”.

The PLASA Awards for Innovation are run in association with Lighting & Sound International (LSi) magazine and judged by a panel of industry professionals. They celebrate pioneering technologies and ideas utilising new materials or methods that increase safety, efficiency, creativity, and performance.

Work Begins to Replace Street Lights in Suffolk and Save Energy in the County

September 14th, 2021 | Latest News | 0 Comments

L-R: Cllr Andy Drummond – SCC, Richard Webster – SCC, Cllr Paul West – SCC, David Ridge – Bouygues E&S, David Carr – Bouygues E&S CEO, Matt Fitzpatrick – Bouygues E&S, Rob Hall – Bouygues E&S, Paul Game – Bouygues E&S.

Suffolk County Council (SCC) and Bouygues Energies & Services (Bouygues E&S) have started work replacing 43,400 street lighting lanterns in Suffolk with LED lanterns.

SCC and Bouygues E&S joined forces to create a flagship partnership with the aim of reducing energy, minimising light pollution, bringing down ongoing maintenance costs for the Authority and providing the best value to residents. SCC expects to reduce its annual electricity costs on these assets by around 76 percent, saving more than 1.7 million pounds a year.

The upgrade of the lighting system will include a further rollout of SCC’s central management system which will allow lights to be switched on or off and dim individual or groups of lights. This smart technology will increase the control the Authority has over its power consumption which will further reduce costs. The system will also automatically flag any lights that are not working which reduces the need for night-time inspections.

The Street Lighting LED Upgrade contract commenced in May 2021 and the scope of works includes:

  • Survey
  • Design to latest British and European Standards
  • Supply and installation of new LED Street Lighting with wireless control system
  • Removal of existing luminaires
  • Updating inventory
  • Verification

All roles are being advertised locally to Suffolk and social value activities undertaken throughout the period of the contract will include volunteering days, tree planting and presentations to local school children.

Bouygues Energies & Services Sales Director, Matt Fitzpatrick said: “After a successful mobilisation period, where local people from within Suffolk make up the majority of our new team, we are excited about starting this large-scale LED street lighting upgrade and being a pivotal partner for the Authority in reducing its carbon emissions.”

Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Ipswich, Operational Highways and Flooding, Cllr Paul West said: “After many months of planning by Suffolk County Council and Bouygues Energies & Services teams, I am pleased to see that the huge task to upgrade the 43,400 street lighting lanterns is underway.

Starting in the west of the county, I had the pleasure of seeing the teams install some of the first lanterns in Bergamot Close, Red Lodge. I very much look forward to seeing the project progress over the coming months and await the positive environmental results upon completion.

I encourage everyone to follow the project updates via Suffolk Highways twitter: @Suff_highways.”

SITECO and Halliday Lighting announce partnership

September 14th, 2021 | Latest News | 0 Comments

SITECO and Halliday Lighting announce partnership in the Middle East to provide clients with complete exterior lighting solutions.

SITECO and Halliday Lighting announce their new partnership in the Middle East, providing the well-known technical lighting supplier with an established, experienced lighting contractor to deliver projects from start to end across the region. Through in-depth market knowledge and world-class products, the partnership will provide clients with complete exterior lighting solutions.

Having worked closely in the UK for many years, the creation of this partnership for the Middle East builds on a successful history of delivering projects for a range of clients. And, as Halliday Lighting and SITECO both continue to grow in key global markets, having a partnership built on mutual ambition, complementary skills and continuous development ensures that it is the customer base who will benefit the most.

This announcement follows the recent opening of a Halliday Lighting office in the United Arab Emirates and the appointment of a Sales Director for the Middle East with the partnership further reinforcing the commitment by Halliday Lighting to invest in this region for many years to come.

The partnership provides Halliday Lighting with a comprehensive range of LED fittings from a well-respected, globally recognised brand to supply and install for their clients across a number of sectors and applications. The portfolio of available products, as well as the opportunity to collaborate on customised fittings to meet client specifications, ensures that Halliday Lighting can support clients in sectors including aviation, ports, industries and sport to deliver high-quality lighting solutions.

Through this partnership, SITECO demonstrate their confidence in the experience of Halliday Lighting in being able to drive business and grow a brand through the concentrated efforts of local employees alongside the support of a global team. The full turnkey capabilities in-house at Halliday Lighting coupled with products from SITECO ensures that the customer base for both companies in this growing Middle East market can be served efficiently through a complete solutions offering.

Paul Coggins, Managing Director (UK and Ireland) at SITECO says: “I am delighted to see the long-standing relationship between Halliday Lighting and SITECO develop internationally. This new partnership will help drive our common growth objectives for the Middle East region and beyond. The powerful combination of Halliday Lighting’s on site know-how and the local technical expertise of our SITECO team in the region creates a compelling solution for any client.”

Kirit Panchal, Sales Director – MEA & APAC for Halliday Lighting comments: “SITECO is undoubtedly a hugely respected global brand when it comes to lighting technology. And together, we share a common goal in providing world-class lighting solutions tailored to project needs in the most cost-effective way.

With the opening of a new office in Dubai, Halliday Lighting reinforce our commitment to international business by remaining close to customers across the Middle East and leveraging on our core competency of delivering full turnkey solutions for exterior lighting. We look forward to maximising our partnership with SITECO for clients in the Middle East and internationally.”

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