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White Light Delivers Fashion Hong Kong Show at Somerset House

March 6th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

On the evening of the 16th February, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council organised the Fashion Hong Kong Show and Cocktail Reception at London’s Somerset House. With more than 600 people in attendance, this included several celebrities such as Mathew Anderson, CEO of British designer label Jenny Packham. Being an approved supplier at Somerset House, along with working on several shows across London Fashion Week, White Light was called upon to provide the technical solutions.

The event was produced by My Beautiful City – a full service creative agency that offers end-to-end support across art direction, concept creation and event production. For over ten years they have worked with some of the world’s most talented designers to bring their collections to life at Fashion Week. They have also worked closely with WL across several London Fashion Weeks.

WL’s Senior Account Manager Dominic Yates comments: “We have a strong working relationship with My Beautiful City, which goes back many years, and they called upon us once again for this high-profile event”.

The leading brands Heaven Please+, House of V, Methodology and Maison Vermillion were selected by the British Fashion Council to participate in the event, part of an ongoing initiative by the HKTDC to give international exposure to Hong Kong-based designers and brands. This was the first time the showcase took place in London, having previously travelled to New York, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.

Dominic explains: “As part of the technical support, we supplied uplighters, a sound system, bespoke lighting, along with mains distribution. We also had a crew of four technicians on site to ensure that the entire event ran smoothly”.

Alongside its close relationship with My Beautiful City, another reason as to why WL was approached was due to the company’s extensive knowledge and experience of working in Somerset House.

Dominic comments: “As an approved supplier to the Unique Venues of London, we frequently work in Somerset House. Over the past year alone, we’ve worked on a variety of events there including the Matalan SS17 Launch, the Now Play Interactive Exhibition along with the Alison Brooks Architects 21st birthday. Each one had its own unique brief, similar to the Fashion Hong Kong Show”.

The Fashion Hong Kong Show took place in the River Rooms at Somerset House which are a versatile suite of rooms situated in the New Wing, with a creative and raw aesthetic. This open plan space retains some original features including dramatic original fireplaces and exposed brick archways, making the rooms perfectly suited for fashion events.

Dominic concludes: “When you have such an intimate knowledge of the venue as we do, you are able to bring this experience to the client and ensure that each space is used as creatively as possible and that each event achieves its potential”.

Photos courtesy of Neil Mason Photography



The LIA And UL Combine Capabilities To Simplify Luminaire Testing And Certification Processes For The UK Lighting Industry

March 6th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

UK’s lighting industry trade body, the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) and the global safety science organisation UL have announced a new agreement aimed to establish a strong collaboration between the two organisations that will simplify the testing and certification services for UK lighting manufacturers wishing to achieve third party testing and approval.

The LIA operates the largest independent lighting test laboratory in Western Europe accredited as both a Certification Body Test Laboratory (CBTL) and Notified Certification Body (NCB) serving lighting manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, designers and the wider UK lighting market. Additionally, as a highly-respected Trade Association, the LIA offers its members advice and support with technical guidance and direction.

The cooperation between the British association and the North America-based safety science organisation will empower the LIA to test and certify lighting products for the North American market. This means that, in addition to the CBTL test reports, this agreement allows the LIA to issue UL certifications along with the ‘UL mark’.

The agreement will streamline the processes that UK lighting manufacturers currently have to navigate in order to test and certify their products for global markets. It offers manufacturers access to a complete services portfolio from a single reputable unique local supplier.

Speaking about the agreement, the global commercial leader for UL’s Lighting division, Roberto Inclinati, said, “The agreement with the LIA supports our effort to reinforce UL’s presence in the UK. It offers additional guidance to the UK lighting manufacturers and all those professionals who demand safe and good quality lighting products.

“UL believes that this new cooperation will enable UK manufacturers to reach their goals more quickly and easily, and enable them to stand out from the competition.”

Steve Davies, CEO of the LIA, added: “The strategic cooperation between the LIA and UL will reinforce the global recognition of the LIA, and what’s more, help its members to grow and achieve excellence in product design, specification and performance, protecting the interests of both the public and the manufacturers.”

The agreement is not limited to safety and performance testing, but also extends to Wellness services – provided by UL – and to the UL Verified Mark, which allows manufacturers to scientifically validate their marketing claims.

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Luca Tibaldini, UL Engineering Manager, Steve Davies LIA Chief Executive Officer, Anton Borovy, LIA Laboratories Technical Lead, Tariq Malik, LIA Laboratories Operations Manager, Roberto Inclinati, UL Lighting Global Commercial Leader & Steven Wong, UL, Lighting Sales Manager – Europe & Africa

Bringing interoperability to light – Silvair joins forces with manufacturers to enter the lighting ecosystem driven by Bluetooth mesh networking standard

March 6th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Silvair, a pioneer in lighting control technology using Bluetooth mesh networking standard, announces partnerships with Fulham, McWong International, Murata, Danlers, ERP Power and DG Light to bring to the market a wide range of components and products designed for setting up smart lighting infrastructures in commercial spaces.

Silvair’s wireless control technology allows a variety of drivers, fixture controllers, sensors, switches, LED engines to become part of a global smart lighting ecosystem driven by the Bluetooth mesh networking standard. Bluetooth advancements such as unmatched scalability, wired-like reliability and high-level security make a solid foundation for smart lighting solutions. The appearance of products empowered by Bluetooth mesh indicates that the market is now ready for open wireless lighting control solutions. It also shows how fast the market is adopting the Bluetooth mesh standard. All of the above-mentioned products will be compatible with energy harvesting wireless switches made for quick and intuitive control of connected lighting systems due to Silvair’s collaboration with EnOcean.

Along with Bluetooth mesh compatible products, Silvair will launch its commissioning platform – a specifically designed tool ensuring a smooth and secure setup of smart lighting infrastructures. Thanks to its prominent performance, the commissioning process both in small-scale locations as well as large commercial spaces is time and cost-efficient at every step from the planning stage to the system implementation. Besides the web portal, the platform includes a mobile application enabling users to always be in full control of lighting conditions.

“I am truly excited for all the changes in the industry that are about to happen because of smart lighting solutions based on Bluetooth mesh technology. As Silvair, we are happy to be supported by some of the world’s most renowned companies in the business,” says Rafal Han, CEO of Silvair. “We are looking forward to presenting a vast number of high-quality products using our lighting control firmware as well as introducing our commissioning platform. This is undoubtedly the next big step on the way to creating a fully interoperable global ecosystem.”

“SylSmart solutions, and our Smart Lighting Innovation Centre (SLIC) are founded on open, interoperable standards that we believe are needed for IoT to thrive. We are very excited by the release of the Bluetooth mesh standard, and in particular Silvair’s lighting control stack. We look forward to demonstrating one of the world’s first Bluetooth mesh certified lighting controls systems at Light+Building 2018, and in particular how lighting can co-operate openly with other room elements such as HVAC. We will continue our collaboration, fostering and pushing the adoption of this much-needed standard with Silvair as the industry pioneers.” says Edward Lees, Global Senior Product Line Manager – Smart Lighting and Controls,  Feilo Sylvania

“Addressing the needs of modern lighting control systems was a key requirement in the development of the Bluetooth mesh networking standard,” said Ken Kolderup, vice president of Marketing at Bluetooth SIG. “We are delighted to see the rapid adoption of Bluetooth in the lighting industry, which will help accelerate the deployment of interoperable connected lighting systems that will serve as a platform for a variety of IoT services in the future.

More information about the upcoming components and their functionalities can be obtained during the Light+Building trade fair on March 18-23, 2018 at the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. Silvair will be presenting the interoperability of the above-mentioned products at booth no. E80, hall 9.1 together with the commissioning platform and its corresponding smartphone app.

Chelsom ranked in top 100 fastest growing British SME Exporters

March 5th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Following the success of the company’s Queen’s Award for International Trade last spring, Chelsom have been ranked number 65 in the 4th annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 as published on 25th February. The league table ranks Britain’s small and medium-sized private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

The prestigious accolade commemorates Chelsom’s exceptional growth and success in international business where they have achieved 52% growth in international sales over the last two years (131% over the last three years) equating to more than £5m of total sales in 2017.

Chelsom designs and manufactures decorative lighting for the global hotel and marine industries. Innovative in-house designs, high quality manufacturing and excellent service levels have contributed towards winning prestigious projects in over 70 countries across the world. Exports now account for around 40% of all sales and Chelsom has built an exceptionally strong client base including major hotel operators such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Starwood, Hilton, Accor, Marriott and on the cruise ship side, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Will Chelsom, Managing Director, commented, “I am extremely proud that Chelsom has made it on to the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 list. We have achieved significant export growth over recent years particularly in North America, the Middle East and Europe. Major investments in our international sales team, our branding and overseas exhibitions have raised our international profile and have all been critical to our success. Our ranking on the league table acknowledges the hard work, dedication and passion that every employee has shown in helping to drive the business forward internationally positioning us at the forefront of our global industry.”

A smart programme for PLDC 2018

March 2nd, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

PLDC in Singapore will mark a milestone in PLDC history. The conference programme will comprise of international speakers and current topics of interest from the lighting design industry. Experienced designers and leading lighting specialists as well as interesting and highly promising newcomers will be there to share their expertise with you at PLDC in Singapore. A further focus will be on excursions, practical design workshops and guided discussions on key issues.

Click here to see the programme.

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Be part of the smart move, the first PLDC outside of Europe, and register now for PLDC 2018 in Singapore to ensure your best possible rate. The early registration phase ends on 25th May, 2018, when rates will increase.
Click here to register now.

Venue confirmed: hotel booking available in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The PLDC organisers are proud to announce that PLDC 2018 will be held in one of the iconic buildings that shape the skyline of Singapore. Located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, Marina Bay Sands is Asia’s leading destination for business, leisure and entertainment. The luxury hotel will also be the Main Partner hotel for PLDC 2018, they have coordinated extremely favourable room rates. Booking is available through this link.

Read more about Marina Bay Sands.

PLDC 2018

25th – 27th October 2018




Modest increases for lamp and luminaire recycling rates in 2017

March 2nd, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Recolight has welcomed a further increase in the UK’s annual lighting waste recycling rates. Data released today by the Environment Agency (EA) shows that the 2017 lamp recycling rate was 48.5% – up from 47.5% in 2015. At the same time, the luminaire rate also increased from 7.1% to 7.5%.

Commenting on the news, Nigel Harvey, Recolight CEO explains “We are pleased that the lamp recycling rate in 2017 has continued to grow. The long term trend continues to be positive. In 2012, the rate was 39.5%, so a rate of 48.5% five years later is pleasing. Recolight continue to make our free lamp collection service available, and that stimulates and encourages more recycling.”

He added “The tonnage of LED lamps collected still remains low – at around 1%. This can be expected to grow in future years, but it will still be more than a decade before LED tonnages are close to the tonnages of fluorescent lamp waste.”

Turning to the luminaire recycling rate, he added “The luminaire recycling rate has moved up from 7.1% in 2016 to 7.5% in 2017. An increasing number of Recolight members now request free waste lamp and luminaire collections during multi-site LED luminaire rollouts. Recolight collects the waste lamps, traditional fittings, and batteries that arise.”

The luminaire recycling rate is inevitably lower than that for lamps as many are collected along with scrap metal.

Note: The recycling rates above are calculated by dividing the tonnage of WEEE reported by all PCSs, by the tonnage of EEE placed on the market in the same year. These calculations do not include non-obligated WEEE.

International Day of Light 2018

March 1st, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The International Day of Light is a worldwide celebration of the impact of light and light-sciences in our society. Young researchers and students around the world led an initiative to translate the International Day of Light logo into 33 languages. A second round of translations will be available in March.

Following the collaboration for the International Year of Light 2015, International Day of Light are delighted to announce that the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) will contribute to the International Day of Light by organising new activities and participating with a delegation of volunteers to the IDL Flagship event at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. The involvement of students from their partners EPS, SPIE, OSA, IEEE was a fundamental contributor to the success of 2015, and will be also an important part of the International Day of Light 2018.

In the past month, IDL have also welcomed new organisations supporting the goals of the International Day of Light and several new national nodes.
A1 Lighting are pleased to be a media partner to the International Day of Light.

Regarding worldwide IDL 2018 activities, the event programme is increasing every week, including now events in over 48 countries/regions as well as worldwide actions.

Día Internacional de la Luz – Flagship IDL event in Spain

The flagship event of the IDL in Spain in 2018 will take place in Madrid on 16th May, hosted by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Faculty of Physics. The morning session program will be devoted to scientific and technical talks in Optics and Photonics delivered by Spanish experts in the field. The morning session will end with a discussion panel dedicated to the current projection of light technologies in the society. This panel will be handled with the presence of technological companies and education area representatives. The afternoon session will focus on the educational community (Middle School,High School and University students) so that a wider audience will be expected. The session will include a plenary talk by Prof. Glenn Boreman (University of North Carolina, USA).
More information here.

Photonics in the Preparation, Information and Recovery from Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on 20th September 2017. Before and during the storm, until the winds and rains took down the power and communications systems, people were informed and could communicate, much of which was thanks to optics and photonics.
More information here.

Light and Life
Location: Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
A conference and an exhibition showcasing photonics and optics applications will be organised to bring together, the government, the local population, all the physics teachers and some of the students in the high school in our city. This will be preceded by local media advertising. The event is sponsored by SPIE.

The Discovery of the Infrared
Location: Worldwide
The International Astronomical Union Network for Astronomy School Education (IAU-NASE) will celebrate the International Day of Light by encouraging people worldwide to perform William Herschel’s historic experiment that turned out on the discovery of infrared light.
More information here.

Attendance at the 16 May 2018 Flagship inauguration at UNESCO HQ in Paris, France, is by invitation, but a number of places are available for members of the wider lighting community.  If interested in attending, please contact for information about possible participation

Tamlite Lighting enables LED lighting transformation for Nottingham City Homes independent living project

March 1st, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The lighting provision at Garfield Court and Courtney Gardens has been extensively revamped as part of Nottingham City Homes’ ongoing modernisation of its independent living facilities.

The last few years have seen Nottingham City Homes (NCH) pursue a major project to improve the quality of its independent living accommodation throughout the Nottingham area. The latest beneficiary of the ‘Grander Designs’ scheme is Garfield Court in Radford, where multiple common areas – including corridors, day rooms and toilets – have been comprehensively refurbished and modernised.

To date the Grander Designs programme has improved the living conditions of more than 700 residents. Work is undertaken at around eight sites per year, with the replacement of fluorescent and other legacy lighting systems with the latest LED technologies being a common thread of the refurbishments.

Shane Ainsworth, Senior Electrical Technical Officer at NCH explained that the motivation for the latest upgrade was multi-tiered. “On one level there is a broader strategy across [NCH sites] to reduce their carbon footprint, but there is also a specific budget in place for the replacement of older lighting types with the latest LEDs. Integral to that is an emphasis on identifying the most energy efficient fittings,” he says.

A long-term association between NCH and Tamlite Lighting led to the expert lighting company being enlisted to work on the Garfield Court upgrade. The existing fluorescent and 2D type fittings were sorely in need of replacement, while the absence of energy-saving measures such as daylight and occupancy sensors also had to be addressed.

SLATE uplight/downlight fittings were ideal for common rooms, to act as spotlights on the walls for an aesthetically pleasing style. WAVE LED modules, which Tamlite worked with NCH to design to their specifications, were supplied for stairwells and other communal spaces. External fittings were also supplied, including HURRICANE EYELID solutions due to their robust design and emergency options. RGB Colour Strips were also used in the balcony areas, to provide a visually pleasing lighting design for the balconies.

“When systems are primarily manually operated a lot of lights tend to get left on, resulting in energy bills that are significantly higher than they really need to be,” says Tamlite Lighting’s Head of Sales, Marketing and Product Development, Colin Lawson.

Working in close cooperation with NCH and CEF – which is the chosen LED procurement supplier for the next three years – Tamlite set about devising a specification that could not only ensure the optimisation of usage, but also achieve a better and more consistent level of illumination without the dark areas that had been observed in some areas of the premises.

Sensors and sensibility

The final design draws on a variety of the latest LED fittings geared towards large public or private facilities. With the exception of the common room, all areas now feature occupancy sensors to minimise unnecessary illumination, to provide effective control of the lighting. In the corridor areas, safety of residents at all times is ensured by a dimming sensor whose default setting is 10% illumination, meaning that these spaces are never cast into complete darkness.

“It was obviously essential for us to maintain general illumination and emergency illumination for the safety of residents, and that was at the forefront of our minds as we determined which Vision lighting sensors could be deployed, and where,” says Lawson.

Indoor communal areas benefitted from the installation of WAVE and NIMROD fittings with occupancy sensors. Communal areas were also supplied with ORION and ELEGANCE luminaires, due to their energy efficient LED technology and range of colour temperatures. As well as the standard Neutral White, the ELEGANCE can be supplied as Warm White. Furthermore, both the ORION and ELEGANCE have the option of Night Light, which is perfect for care home environments.

The programme of work across the 33-flat site was completed on time and to expectation, with the improvement in the standard of illumination having been remarked upon by a number of residents. “People have really noticed the fact that the lighting is more pleasing, quality-wise, and more consistent across the Garfield Court site,” says Ainsworth, who keenly anticipates reduced maintenance and support costs in addition to the energy savings accruing from the high-efficiency LED fittings.

The Garfield Court project constitutes another successful chapter in the long-term story of NCH and Tamlite’s collaboration. “It’s a really great relationship that we have with them,” says Ainsworth, “and one that has been to the benefit of many different sites. The dialogue goes on throughout each project to ensure that everything is successfully realised to meet our objectives and specifications.”

The final word goes to Lawson, who says he is “delighted to hear of the positive comments made by the Garfield Court residents about the extent to which the new LED lighting has transformed their experience of the communal areas. Independent living, residential care-homes and other such sites are all increasingly standardising on LED lighting, and are enjoying greatly reduced energy, maintenance and support expenses as a result.”

Elation Chorus Line 16™ on Niall Horan “Flicker Sessions”

February 28th, 2018 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Special Event Services supplies dynamic pixel bars for One Direction member’s debut solo tour. Also has them out on PVRIS tour.

Singer/songwriter Niall Horan may be best known as a former member of One Direction but the Ireland native can hold his own as a solo artist as well and is proving just that on his current “Flicker Sessions” tour. Special Event Services supplied lighting for a string of North American tour dates last fall, a package that included Elation Professional Chorus Line 16™ pixel bar wash luminaires.

Headlining his own show on a stage decorated with an “NH” backdrop, the “Flicker Sessions” tour is the artist’s debut outing. Playing more intimate settings than what he was used to with 1D, Horan is relaunching himself with more guitar driven music that is finding a broader appeal. Production, lighting and scenic design for the tour is by UK-based production design company Okulus  with lighting direction by David ‘Bickie’ Lee. Creative direction for the tour was by Modest Management and Okulus.

The Chorus Line 16 pixel bar fixtures, 42-inch long (107 cm) color-changing pixel bars, played a special role from static positions behind the risers. Projecting high and low through the band or aligned to shoot above musicians’ heads, they gave what lighting director Lee describes as an unbroken blade-like look. “From behind the risers they provided a wall of light, a kind of break-through-the-musicians look,” he said.

The Chorus Line 16 houses sixteen powerful 40W RGBW LEDs that allows for use on large stage performances – like on last year’s Tears for Fears tour – and includes enough punch to compete with bright LED video screens. “I loved their intense power,” stated Lee, who worked with One Direction as lighting director for five years. “I don’t think there is another LED array about that can deliver the punch that these can.”

The Chorus Line fixtures (which are available in two different lengths) can fulfill a number of purposes in a single show and also have full pixel control for direct eye candy looks. Motorized zoom optics from 4° to 40° mean it can be used to light set objects and cycs and a 220° tilt motor function lets designers position or move the unit dynamically during a show.

“The zoom in the CL16’s is also killer,” Lee states. “You can take the fixture from full fluffy zoom to a super sharp almost pinspot type sharp hard-edge beam.” On Niall Horan, the Chorus Line 16s were floor-positioned 10 wide across the back of the stage as upstage as possible.

Horan embarked on the “Flicker Sessions” tour last August with a debut album “Flicker” hitting the streets in October. Special Event Services, which holds 30 of the Chorus Line 16 fixtures in stock,  was audio and lighting vendor for the North American run (October 29 – November 22) of the tour. The company also had the dynamic pixel bars out September 22 – October 22 on a tour by American rockers PVRIS, where 24 units were used as back light and side key lights. The PVRIS tour was designed by Okulus and operated by Joe Watrach.

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