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LITE Architectural announce new National Architectural Sales Director

Leading lighting solutions specialists LITE Architectural are delighted to announce the promotion of Paul Barnes to National Architectural Sales Director, effective immediately.

Paul joined LITE in August 2020 as Business Development Manager, having worked alongside LITE in previous roles for many years. Paul’s new direction will see him running the UK Sales team, as well as the plethora of architectural brands represented within the LITE portfolio.

Paul will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the architectural business, including buying activity, and marketing and events.

Steve Hainsworth, Chief Executive Officer, LITE commented ‘I am delighted to pass the reins of the architectural side of the business for Paul to run on a day-to-day basis. Paul has an abundance of experience within architectural lighting solutions, and I am confident he will continue to drive the business forward to further prosper’.

Paul Barnes, National Architectural Sales Director, LITE, added ‘Having worked in the lighting industry over forty years I have worked in many different businesses, but nothing excites me more than the potential LITE has.’

‘As a business we are going from strength to strength with a growing team of expertise, and an impressive portfolio of notable projects throughout the UK, and beyond, in collaboration with some of the most talented design practices.’

LITE Architectural offers a wealth of specifically chosen proven LED technologies to fulfil the lighting needs of architectural projects. From application support and specification to ecology reports and site surveys, LITE provides extensive levels of service before the project has started. Once complete, LITE offer continued support to clients with aftercare and health checks to ensure the lighting projects remains efficient and effective longer term.

LITE works with a carefully curated portfolio of manufacturers and brands, ensuring the best possible solutions for projects. Whether interior or exterior, large, or small, and whatever demands will be put on the lighting technology, LITE brings the solutions, knowledge, and technical expertise to ensure exceptional, marketing leading, delivery.

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Journey Energy Solutions reduces Rygor’s carbon impact by 980 tonnes

Lighting technology upgrade across eight van and truck retail showrooms, using a variety of the latest LED solutions.

  • Operational costs reduced by more than £95,000 over 12 months
  • Carbon reduction of 980 tonnes over the term of the contract
  • Significant positive impact on employee wellbeing

Eight commercial retail sites operated by UK Mercedes-Benz dealership Rygor have been equipped with the latest LED lighting systems courtesy of a comprehensive upgrade initiative implemented by Journey Energy Solutions (Journey).

Established to help organisations get closer to Net Zero emissions without the burden of up-front capital outlay, Journey designs, installs and maintains carefully tailored, energy-efficient LED lighting systems.

The starting point for the recent project was the realisation by the auto dealership that the existing lighting needed to be upgraded in order to reduce operational costs and carbon emissions. The lighting at three sites in particular – Heathrow, Swindon and Westbury – was also increasingly unfit for purpose and subject to frequent costly replacements. But during the course of conversations with the specialist energy solutions company that provided the upgrade, the scope of the scheme was expanded to include eight van and truck retail showrooms: the three aforementioned sites as well as Chilcompton, Kidderminster, Newbury, Nuneaton and Oxford.

In terms of choosing a partner to implement the lighting upgrade and provide support post-installation, there were multiple key factors that worked in the favour of Journey. These included the ability to start work immediately, maintain a seamless transition between each site, and work in such a way that any operational disruption was kept to a minimum. For example, to avoid negative impact during installation in the active workshop service areas, advanced notice was given to each service manager so they could schedule work on particular days – ensuring that any possible conflicts were avoided.

The outcomes

The upgrade programme took three months with each of Rygor’s sites now featuring a complementary blend of the latest LED lighting products.

As well as carrying out all the design and installation work, Journey has also been contracted for six years to provide ongoing service and maintenance support – giving further reassurance to the Rygor team and allowing the dealer’s internal technical resources to be directed elsewhere.

Whilst the figure could rise further due to a greatly reduced need for replacements and associated maintenance, it is already predicted that Rygor will benefit from an impressive reduction in its carbon emissions of 980 tonnes and an energy cost saving of £648,514 over the term of the contract. This would be a huge step forward for any business at any time, but in the midst of an unpredictable economic cycle and with climate change concerns escalating, it has a truly transformative potential.

In addition to the energy savings, the improved quality of the lighting – especially in the most badly affected areas at the sites deemed most urgently in need of an upgrade – has been widely commented upon by employees and visitors. In particular, feedback from personnel who have been employed in the company’s workshops for many years has been very strong, with many pinpointing the much more sympathetic and consistent nature of the lighting.

The testimonials

In reflecting on the project, Rygor praises the “excellent” nature of the Journey installation teams and the entire experience of collaborating with the company before, during and after the upgrade.

Stuart Gemmell, Rygor Group Facilities and Health & Safety Manager, commented: “Our ageing lighting systems didn’t provide the quality of lighting that we required, in particular our workshops were quite gloomy,” he says. “The upgrades have transformed our working environments, making it easier for staff to operate efficiently. The staff are certainly benefiting and the feedback they have provided us with has been extremely positive.”

The operational and carbon savings being achieved by the project have impressed the Rygor team on their journey to Net Zero.

He added: “It almost goes without saying that we are also delighted with the massive contribution that the new lighting will make to our carbon emissions reduction strategy. In fact, it’s going to be a major milestone on our way to becoming a Net Zero business.”

The on-going support offered by Journey will also be beneficial to the business.

He finished: “The other really positive aspect is that the partnership is very much ongoing because Journey will be providing long-term support and maintenance. And of course, that means valuable extra peace of mind as we move forward.”

To help motor dealers on the path to energy savings and carbon reduction, Journey has launched a free, downloadable guide – ‘The Journey to Net Zero – How to cut costs, save energy and deliver decarbonisation: a guide for motor dealers’. To download the free guide, click here.

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Pharos hits the jackpot at the Holland Casino Utrecht

The Dutch city of Utrecht is the fourth largest in the Netherlands and attracts a significant number of international and domestic visitors each year. One of the most recent additions to its range of entertainment destinations is the glittering new Holland Casino; a striking building adorned in gold.

This glamourous new casino blends sophistication with welcoming hospitality, a perfect combination reflective of the Holland Casino brand, and something the company aspires to at every one of its venues.

Designed by OZ Architects, the brief was to create a diamond-shaped building, adorned in gold, that was also completely covered in light. As well as illuminating the entire building and using the façade to display content, it was also important that the building met the criteria for the BREAAM sustainability certification. Keeping light pollution to a minimum was crucial.

System integrator Livingprojects worked closely with Lighting Designer Siegrid Siederius on behalf of Arup to deliver the vision of Holland Casino. The façade is structured with individual panels, and an LED fixture is built into each one. The fixtures are not directly visible, ensuring indirect light for viewers. The panels of the façade reflect the light for a seamless integration that delivers stunning results.

As well as the golden façade being fully illuminated in the evenings, content can also be displayed on the panels. This ensures the casino can respond to special themes or days through the use of the media façade. The custom-made lighting system allows for a different colour to be introduced every 100mm, making it possible to create a dynamic display and even show detailed video content.

The dynamic lighting is controlled by a system from Pharos Architectural Controls. The installation uses the Pharos VLC 500 (Video Lighting Controller) – a high-power yet cost-effective architectural lighting control solution suitable for large LED pixel arrays, including building façades – making it the perfect choice for the Holland Casino Utrecht.

The addition of 32 Pharos EDN 20 (Ethernet Data Node) remote devices, each with 20 DMX outputs, provides a convenient and scalable solution that delivers cost-effective Ethernet-distributed DMX ports for large control projects.

A Pharos TPC (Touch Panel Controller) is due to be added soon, offering users an advanced lighting playback engine through a sleek touch screen device.

Bas Hoksbergen from Pharos said: “It was a privilege to be involved in the newest Holland Casino project. As a visionary brand, their locations always break the mould, and the end results are always stunning.

“Livingprojects and their partners deliver above and beyond every time, and Pharos relishes every opportunity to work alongside them.”

Coupled with the luxurious façade, the casino’s entrance adds to the excitement and awe-inspiring experience. Livingprojects worked with Rovasta to develop a 40m long light that shows dynamic content and wows visitors from the moment they step inside.

With more than 9000 fixtures, suitable locations for the cabling, connections, and the Pharos control system itself had to be carefully identified to ensure both safety and style were achieved.

As such the EDN 20s are placed in stainless steel outdoor cabinets, together with all the power supplies and fibre optic network components. The VLC and TPC are placed inside the central networking area of the Casino.

The new casino in Utrecht adds to the growing portfolio of the Holland Casino locations and follows hot on the heels of the recently opened venue in the municipality of Venlo.

Project credits:

Lighting Design: Arup

System integrator: Livingprojects

Architect: OZ Architects

Lighting designer: Arup – Siegrid Siderius

Contractor: Wessels Zeist

Constructor: Van der Vorm Engineering

Facade: Aldowa

Client: Holland Casino

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DW Windsor blends safety with style to support railway improvement works

 Dawlish is a pleasant seaside resort town located on the south coast of Devon. It features an attractive sand and shingle beach flanked by a sea wall that stretches the length of the bay. The town’s Grade II listed railway station sits atop the sea wall, as does the railway line, offering pleasant views out to sea; however, its location makes it vulnerable to the extremities of the weather.

In 2014, Dawlish’s coastal railway line suffered severe damage following heavy winter storms. In response, Network Rail introduced several new measures to improve the long-term resilience of the railway connection. This is particularly important as the line is the only rail link from Devon and Cornwall to the rest of Britain.

A key feature of the improvement works was the construction of a new sea wall, which is 415m in length. Higher than the previous sea wall, it also incorporates a new high-level promenade at the same elevation as the station platforms. In addition, users of the promenade are now protected from the waves by a curved parapet wall that stands 1.1m tall.

At various points along the walkway, raised areas have been created with benches, allowing visitors to enjoy the sea view. Pedestrian access to the beach has been added, while a footbridge connects the two sections of sea wall. In addition, a new accessible station footbridge has been introduced to the site, complete with lifts.

The contractor for the project was Bam Nuttall, while the innovative plans were developed in partnership with the Bristol office of renowned engineering experts Arup.

To fulfil a crucial lighting element of the project, Arup appointed leading external lighting manufacturer DW Windsor. A 330m stretch of the elevated sea-front promenade required illumination to improve visibility for walkers. DW Windsor’s brief was to create a lighting solution that would withstand the harsh environment while also becoming a feature of the improved walkway.

With their extensive knowledge of the rail sector and a long history of delivering lighting projects set in challenging conditions, DW Windsor was the ideal partner for the Dawlish railway project.

The brief called for a discreet lighting solution, mounted at a low height to avoid any risk of glare for train drivers. DW Windsor’s Special Projects team developed a bespoke solution using a modified version of their surface-mounted linear lighting system, Garda Anti-Climb. In total, 110 custom LED lighting modules were installed along the walkway, set at an angle to wash across the pathway rather than illuminate the space above it.

The fact that Garda Anti-Climb is IP66 rated and has high resistance to water ingress – which was vital given the extreme proximity to the sea – added to its credentials. The luminaire’s patented sloped profile also helps to drain water, which is a considerable benefit as it will undoubtedly get wet on a frequent basis.

Ewen Morrison, Network Rail Senior Programme Manager for the Dawlish sea wall project, said: “It’s pleasing to see the remaining finishing touches to the first section of new sea wall were recently completed.

“The lighting will undoubtedly brighten up the promenade and enable people to safely use the sea wall in the evening, particularly during the darker winter nights.

“This new, bigger sea wall will play an important role in protecting not only the railway but the town of Dawlish from rising sea levels and extreme weather for generations to come.”

Des Wilkinson, Rail Business Development Manager from DW Windsor, added: “Projects in coastal locations require a considered approach to ensure the lighting can withstand the harsh environment. With a wide range of high-quality solutions available, DW Windsor was able to take one of our most popular products and adapt it to fulfil all of the needs of the Dawlish railway station project.

“It is rewarding to know that our luminaires are helping to improve the safety of walkers in the area as well as creating a visually impressive environment for people to enjoy.”

Project credits: 

Client – Network Rail – Dawlish

Lighting Design & M&E Contractor – Arup Bristol

Contractor – BAM Nuttall

Local Council – Teignbridge District Council

Photographer – Andrew Hatfield

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Ansell Lighting Celebrates 30th Birthday

  • Lighting manufacturer plans year of celebrations

Leading lighting designer and manufacturer Ansell Lighting  celebrates its 30th birthday in 2022 and has a year of events, launches and fundraising planned to mark the occasion.

Established in Belfast in 1992 before expanding into mainland UK in 2001, Ansell Lighting is a recognised market leader in the design and manufacture of high quality luminaires for the commercial, domestic, industrial and architectural markets. Headquartered in Warrington, where it has a state-of-the-art showroom, Ansell operates across Europe, with showrooms in Belfast, Dublin and the recently-opened Madrid.

As part of the 30th birthday celebrations Ansell will be launching 30 innovative new products across 2022 to underline its commitment to developing and producing high quality products. The first of these products, an addition to the popular Z LED high bay collection, will be launched this month.

Throughout 2022 Ansell will be supporting Our Blue Light – a charity that provides mental health and wellbeing support to emergency services and essential services workers. Ansell staff will be supporting some of Our Blue Light’s own fundraising events, as well as creating and holding their own activities with a view to helping the charity reach its fundraising target of £30k for the year.

In addition Ansell will be sponsoring a number of high profile music events – providing the lighting at six Classic Ibiza concerts at stately homes across the country in July  and August to showcase its product range.

There will be a community campaign launching in April which will enable wholesalers and installers to nominate deserving causes to win a lighting support package so they can enhance and continue their community work. And, in order to recognise the great work done by its partners, the #AwesomeAnsell campaign, which celebrates great projects completed by installers using Ansell products, will be extended.

Mark Abbott, Managing Director of Ansell Lighting, said: “Like all new businesses, Ansell Lighting began modestly with a first trading month of just £70 in August 1992. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, enjoying huge growth to become the multi-million pound business it is today.

“It is a real achievement to reach our 30th birthday and a great opportunity for us to reinforce our strong growth ambitions for the coming years. We are looking forward to sharing the celebrations – and the new products – with our wholesale customers, installers, colleagues and friends throughout the year.”

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WILA raises over £3,000 for Oxfordshire Mind

January 2021] Innovative lighting specialist, WILA Lighting, announces its charity of choice for 2022 and donates a total of £3360 to a local mental health charity.

Giving back to the local community underpins WILA Lighting’s corporate culture. At the start of each year, employees decide by committee which local charity will receive its support for the year ahead.

In 2021, the WILA Lighting team focused on raising funds to support Oxfordshire Mind, a local mental health charity. Oxfordshire Mind is there to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support, helping over 30,000 people with mental health challenges each year.

September saw five of the team undertake the WILA Lighting Ltd Chiltern 50 Mile Hike. Other events included a fundraising day in October, with a bake sale, raffle, and tombola. The combined efforts raised a generous £3,360, which will go towards helping those affected by mental health issues.

This year employees have voted to support Helen and Douglas House, a home from home for local terminally ill children and their families. It provides round-the-clock care in a warm, loving environment.

Matt Vogel, Chief Executive Officer at WILA Lighting, commented: “Mental health is something we take very seriously at WILA, and it is our absolute privilege to support a charity which helps promote better mental health locally. Oxfordshire Mind provides services including housing, talking therapies, benefits advice, a confidential and free information line, courses (such as ‘practical ways to wellbeing’), physical activity programmes, volunteering opportunities – and they facilitate over 60 peer-support groups each week.

This year we will focus on another worthy cause, Helen and Douglas House. The death of a child is heart breaking for all involved; the organisation needs to raise £3.6 million each year to care for local terminally ill children and help families cope with that devastation. It will be an honour to contribute even a small portion towards that cost.

It is a great feeling to give back to the most vulnerable in our local community; it is also the perfect excuse to unite as a team away from our laptops.”

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New Ceiling Light Innovation from Ansell


  • New cost-effective luminaire ideal application for multiple settings

Highly durable yet cost effective, the Ecoline Batten is a brand-new ceiling light from Ansell Lighting.

Ideal for use in a range of harsh or high use settings such as workshops and warehouses or factories and supermarkets, the fully polycarbonate luminaire is IK06 rated and has an LED lifespan of L70 50,000 hours requiring low levels of maintenance.

Available in three different sizes – 600mm, 1200mm and 1500mmm – the Ecoline Batten delivers excellent light uniformity thanks to its high transmittance polycarbonate diffuser.

It has selectable CCT settings of 3000K, 4000K, 6500K, meaning colour temperature can be set to enhance surroundings, productivity and wellbeing and is easily controlled via a switch located under the end cap.

Quick and easy to install, the versatile surface mounted light is also supplied pre-wired with 600mm cable and comes complete with versatile mounting clips which can be located anywhere along the spine of the luminaire for fitting ease.

Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting said: “The Ecoline Batten is a truly cost effective, off the shelf lighting product. Low maintenance and easy to install, it is a versatile product ideal for multiple settings and offers many performance benefits. It also comes with a three-year warranty for added peace of mind.”

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Bringing the outdoors inside – Fagerhult Lighting

by Henrik Clausen, Director of Fagerhult’s Lighting Academy

Natural, outdoor light is a vital component in our everyday health and well-being. But while our ancestors spent almost all their time outdoors, their biological clocks synchronized to the 24-hour rhythm of the Earth’s rotation, people today spend much less time outdoors during the day, reducing the healthy impact of their exposure to natural daylight.

To make matters worse, extended exposure to light at night can lead to what is known as circadian disruption, where our body’s alignment with day-light and night-time becomes disturbed. Disrupted circadian rhythms have been shown to be associated with a number of health issues including depression, bipolar disorders, cardiovascular and reproductive problems, negative impacts on the immune system and seasonal affective disorders.

Such disruption is also being exacerbated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the requirement for people to stay indoors for longer periods than normal in order to reduce the risk of infection.

In an effort to address the lighting issue, the industry has developed a concept called Human Centric Lighting (HCL), which focuses on bringing the dynamics of natural daylight back into people’s everyday lives through biologically effective electric lighting. The technology involved helps the human body to stay aligned with the natural circadian rhythms that humanity has been familiar with throughout much of history.

Over the course of a day, HCL simulates indoors the dynamic changes in light intensity and colour temperature of light found outdoors. In doing so, HCL provides biologically-effective lighting to boost concentration and productivity in daytime working and learning environments. HCL systems also consider the effects of light exposure on both the biological and emotional aspects of human physiology, keeping the human body in sync with the natural 24-hour cycle.

HCL can be applied in all indoor environments. This is important to note, given that offices, schools, commercial and industrial facilities often use efficient LED lighting with cool colour temperatures in order to keep people more alert, concentrated, responsive and productive.

While this has its advantages during the day, such bright light is less beneficial when extended into night-time hours. And since a large part of the population often works or learns deep into the night, such people are at risk of circadian disruption, as night-time exposure to high levels of brightness suppresses melatonin secretion, causing the body to adversely reset its biological clock.

Such issues have prompted numerous scientific studies in recent years. When developing lighting systems, Fagerhult carefully monitors the latest papers on lighting research, referring to scientifically-derived and peer-reviewed results from recognised universities.

We also actively support universities in their research, striving to create and sustain those benefits created by close cooperation between the academics providing the research and those industries which need it. We use these scientific findings in our product development, in the programming of our lighting control systems, and in our work with lighting designers, architects and engineers.

But getting into the detail, for the past four years Fagerhult, together with lighting technology groups Tridonic, iGuzzini and Zumtobel, has teamed up with Aalborg University in Denmark to develop and scientifically validate the ambitious Double Dynamic Lighting (DDL) concept.

DDL is a dynamic indoor lighting system for office environments which demonstrates how advanced responsive lighting technology can bring the office lighting to life. It does so by bringing the qualities of natural light into the office and so improves the indoor lighting environment and work engagement. As a white paper produced by the team behind the research argues, DDL refers to the multisensory human perception of unpredictability, naturalness, flow of light, light modelling effect and personal light zones.

The results of field studies show that it is possible to define dynamic light settings responding to the dynamics of daylight through a combination of direct and diffuse lighting. DDL was shown to have a positive impact on perceived atmosphere, visual comfort and work engagement, compared to static lighting.

Research also showed that the combination of directional task lighting and diffuse ambient lighting, when responding to sky-types and measured daylight level in the space, was favoured, versus static standard diffuse lighting.

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Nulty Bespoke – London Plane Tree Chandelier

The humble beauty of the London plane tree was the creative starting point for this chandelier commission for a luxury penthouse.

The handcrafted lily chandelier has a free-flowing formation composed of suspended glass and brass petals, interspersed with dainty glass droplets.

The beauty of nature, the solar system and the Batcave informed our creative thinking this year and resulted in some of our most memorable bespoke commissions to date. As 2021 draws to a close, we take a look back…

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Gong lights the way for stylish refurbishment of renowned French restaurant, L’Oasis

Nestled in the heart of the small fishing village of La Napoule, L’Oasis is an historic address for French Riviera gastronomy.  In 2020 the current owners decided it was time for a reinvention of this legendary establishment, and the stunning new interiors feature beautiful timeless designs from Gong, helping to set the perfect ambience for diners. 

The past 18 months have presented a number of challenges for the hospitality industry however, Michelin-starred restaurant L’Oasis took the opportunity as a chance to reinvent and refresh their celebrated restaurant, creating a new, immersive experience for diners.

Situated in the bay of Cannes, L’Oasis dates back to 1954 when Louis Outhier set out to create a prestigious dining institution, quickly notching up three Michelin stars. Today, this legendary restaurant is run by Nicolas Decherchi, a chef able to distil an array of gourmet emotions with the changing seasons.

Dedicated to nourishing the senses as well as delighting the taste buds, Cenk Mikailoglu of Studio Ravn in Paris, was commissioned to re-imagine the restaurant interiors, giving it a new lease of life.  His vision was to plunge guests into an intimate universe where contemporary and Provençal inspirations, noble and natural materials, works of art and the bewitching scents of the garden blend together seamlessly and the results did not disappoint.  Bold contemporary artwork and soft green foliage provide the perfect setting for diners to enjoy the innovative cuisine at a leisurely pace for maximum pleasure.

When it came to the lighting, Cenk turned to Jo Plismy at Gong.  Lighting from Gong’s Brass & Metal Collection was selected for it’s beautiful lattice work and majestic golden interior, which diffuses an elegant soft light, perfect for dining.  Large Tarya Ceiling Rectangles make a bold contemporary statement over sparkling glass cabinets oozing with delicious delicacies, while matching wall lights set the perfect ambience for relaxing after the meal. Jo Plismy, designer and owner of Gong comments “L’Oasis is an exceptional restaurant with a fascinating culinary history and we were delighted to be part of it’s reinvention.  Cenk has done an outstanding job with the new interiors and our Tarya lights fit beautifully alongside the stunning contemporary works of art and wonderful sculptures, which contrast with the neoclassical style of the house itself.”

Jo continues “Lighting is great for creating varying atmospheres and in a restaurant for example, a very different feel for the breakfast and lunchtime sittings may be desired, as opposed to the evening service.  Having dimmers can help with this and it’s important to consider the amount of natural light in the room and how it changes throughout the day.  From an interior design aspect, lights can also be viewed as pieces of art in their own right and bold designs, tactile textiles and sculptural shapes will provide interest to an interior design scheme, even when the light is turned off.”

Gong’s beautiful Tarya lights used at L’Oasis are handcrafted from antique brass and matt black metal.  Also available in the Tarya Collection are matching table lamps, floor lamps, and square or round pendants, making it easy to create a beautiful, seamless lighting scheme.